Curbsider Research



The UCDA has conducted research on curbsider activity across Canada for several years, revealing that a range of 18% - 21% of used vehicles were listed by individuals misrepresenting themselves as “private sellers.”

Although the curbsider may appear to be just an individual selling the family car, often times they will have several vehicles for sale at the same time.
In a 2012 Ontario study conducted by the UCDA of online used car listings, nearly 1 in 3 “private sellers” had multiple vehicles for sale – some as many 30 vehicles for sale at one time. Websites such as Kijiji.ca and Craigslist are hotbeds for curbsiders. According to UCDA's 2012 study, over 90% of suspected curbsiders were found advertising on Kijiji.ca.

The UCDA survey results have been reviewed by OMVIC (the government regulator), as well as the Canada Revenue Agency. OMVIC has had excellent success prosecuting curbsiders, and with the new MVDA, those convicted face a minimum $2,500 fine. The Canada Revenue Agency will review such cases to look for tax evaders.

OMVIC's most recent conviction of a curbsider resulted in total fines of $80,000.


UCDA'S ONTARIO CURBSIDER STUDY — October 4 , 2011 to January 4 , 2012
Study of "private sale" vehicles found online at Auto Trader, Kijiji and Auto Catch
3961 Curbsiders Advertised 11037 Vehicles
Unique Advertisements for "Private Sale" Vehicles 37694
Vehicles Advertised by "Private Sellers" with Multiple Listings 10918
Percentage of Listings by Suspected Curbsiders 28.96%
1 Curbsider(s) Advertised 30 Vehicles 14 Curbsider(s) Advertised 11 Vehicles
1 Curbsider(s) Advertised 27 Vehicles 15 Curbsider(s) Advertised 10 Vehicles
4 Curbsider(s) Advertised 20 Vehicles 21 Curbsider(s) Advertised 9 Vehicles
2 Curbsider(s) Advertised 18 Vehicles 35 Curbsider(s) Advertised 8 Vehicles
2 Curbsider(s) Advertised 17 Vehicles 57 Curbsider(s) Advertised 7 Vehicles
2 Curbsider(s) Advertised 16 Vehicles 67 Curbsider(s) Advertised 6 Vehicles
1 Curbsider(s) Advertised 15 Vehicles 131 Curbsider(s) Advertised 5 Vehicles
4 Curbsider(s) Advertised 14 Vehicles 281 Curbsider(s) Advertised 4 Vehicles
2 Curbsider(s) Advertised 13 Vehicles 545 Curbsider(s) Advertised 3 Vehicles
5 Curbsider(s) Advertised 12 Vehicles 2767 Curbsider(s) Advertised 2 Vehicles


UCDA'S ONTARIO CURBSIDER STUDY — August 1 to October 21, 2010
Study of "private sale" vehicles found online at Auto Trader, Kijiji and Auto Catch
3825 Suspected Curbsiders Advertised 9459 Vehicles
Unique Advertisements for "Private Sale" Vehicles 48584
Vehicles Advertised by "Private Sellers" with Multiple Listings 9459
Percentage of Listings by Suspected Curbsiders 19.47%
1 Suspected Curbsider Advertised 38 Vehicles 5 Suspected Curbsiders Advertised 9 Vehicles
1 Suspected Curbsider Advertised 24 Vehicles 13 Suspected Curbsiders Advertised 8 Vehicles
1 Suspected Curbsider Advertised 21 Vehicles 16 Suspected Curbsiders Advertised 7 Vehicles
1 Suspected Curbsider Advertised 16 Vehicles 45 Suspected Curbsiders Advertised 6 Vehicles
1 Suspected Curbsider Advertised 15 Vehicles 90 Suspected Curbsiders Advertised 5 Vehicles
2 Suspected Curbsiders Advertised 13 Vehicles 191 Suspected Curbsiders Advertised 4 Vehicles
1 Suspected Curbsider Advertised 12 Vehicles 530 Suspected Curbsiders Advertised 3 Vehicles
6 Suspected Curbsiders Advertised 11 Vehicles 2913 Suspected Curbsiders Advertised 2 Vehicles
8 Suspected Curbsiders Advertised 10 Vehicles


UCDA's Greater Toronto Area Curbsider Study — June 9 to September 9, 2009
Study of "private sale" vehicles found both online and in print
3982 Suspected Curbsiders Advertised 10146 Vehicles
Unique Advertisements for "Private Sale" Vehicles 41874
Vehicles Advertised by "Private Sellers" with Multiple Listings 10146
Percentage of Listings by Suspected Curbsiders 24.23%
1 Suspected Curbsider Advertised 23 Vehicles 18 Suspected Curbsiders Advertised 9 Vehicles
2 Suspected Curbsider Advertised 16 Vehicles 22 Suspected Curbsiders Advertised 8 Vehicles
1 Suspected Curbsider Advertised 15 Vehicles 47 Suspected Curbsiders Advertised 7 Vehicles
2 Suspected Curbsider Advertised 14 Vehicles 42 Suspected Curbsiders Advertised 6 Vehicles
3 Suspected Curbsider Advertised 13 Vehicles 96 Suspected Curbsiders Advertised 5 Vehicles
7 Suspected Curbsiders Advertised 12 Vehicles 174 Suspected Curbsiders Advertised 4 Vehicles
4 Suspected Curbsider Advertised 11 Vehicles 604 Suspected Curbsiders Advertised 3 Vehicles
7 Suspected Curbsiders Advertised 10 Vehicles 2952 Suspected Curbsiders Advertised 2 Vehicles