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Buying a used vehicle? Make sure the MVI sticker is real by asking for the certificate of inspection. If the seller won’t give you one, it’s a red flag that the sticker might be fake.
A Motor Vehicle Inspection (MVI) sticker shows that a vehicle was inspected recently and is safe for the road. Each sticker comes with a certificate confirming that the inspection has happened.
In 2019, Nova Scotia RCMP gave 3,383 tickets for operating a vehicle without a valid inspection. This includes fake inspection stickers, expired inspection stickers and vehicles without a valid inspection.
Even if you didn’t own the vehicle when the fake sticker was bought, you may be fined $180 for driving with a fake sticker and your vehicle may be towed at your expense.
Sellers who buy fake stickers may be masking serious problems. Help protect everyone by making sure your vehicle is safe for the road.