When you first purchase a vehicle, you are going to have to have a car inspection. Car inspections check to make sure that the car is in driveable condition. When there are issues with the safety of a vehicle, you can expect your mechanic to point them out. To be able to drive a vehicle on the road in Canada, you have to have a safety inspection done. When a vehicle does not pass a safety inspection, you must repair the problems. Once they are repaired, you must then return to the mechanic to make sure they were repaired properly. When the mechanic deems the vehicle and all of the “dangerous” components properly repaired, they will issue what is called a safety certificate. This allows you to be able to legally register and drive the vehicle.

How Much Does It Cost For A Car Inspection?

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The cost of a car inspection really depends on where you go. Any licensed automobile garage in Canada is allowed to issue a safety for a vehicle. The actual cost of a car inspection is often much less than fixing the car itself. Generally, you can expect the inspection to cost under a hundred dollars. However, it can cost more if you get them to do any work on the vehicle. It really depends on the garage that you take your vehicle to. Some garages have higher labor costs than others.

What Is An E-Test?

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An E-test is also known as an emissions test. Basically, depending on where you live in Canada, there are regulations on the emissions that a car can produce. When a car produces too much carbon dioxide during an emissions test, it can fail. Usually, this will occur if your car has an exhaust leak coming from the exhaust pipe. However, there are other problems that can cause a vehicle to fail. If and when a vehicle fails an emissions test in an area with regulations, it is not allowed to be registered and it cannot be legally driven in that area.

What Is Inspected On A Car?

There are actually far fewer things inspected on a vehicle than you might think when a car inspection is done. The most common things that people fail for are actually things that are very easy to fix. Things like damaged windshield wipers or windows, poor brakes, burnt out bulbs, a broken or not working parking brake as well as tires that don’t have enough tread on them. However, mechanics do check things that you are less likely to look at as well. Things like leaks and holes in the exhaust system, the wheel assembly, brake lines, working seat belts etc. At the end of an inspection, the mechanic will give you a sheet of paper that notifies you of all of the work that needs to be done to pass a safety.

Can I Drive My Vehicle Before My Inspection Is Done?

Yes, you can actually drive your vehicle before an inspection is done on it. Once you register a vehicle, you can pay to get a temporary license plate sticker for it. This temporary sticker will allow you to be able to drive your vehicle for a total of 10 days. Once these 10 days are up, you need to go and get a regular license plate sticker. To get a regular license plate sticker, you must have had an inspection take place on your vehicle. Your vehicle must have been deemed safe during the inspection and to prove this to the registry office, you must show them a safety certificate written up by the shop.

How Long Does An Inspection Take?

Generally, an inspection won’t take more than an hour for a shop to complete. However, it is unlikely that you will be able to just drive into a shop and leave in an hour with an inspection in hand. Most shops do have a busy schedule. You are likely going to have to book an appointment to get your vehicle looked at. Once you book an appointment, you will likely be able to leave your car for a few hours and go back later to pick it up along with the safety inspection.

How Long Is An Inspection Good For?

After a safety inspection is completed and your mechanic deems your vehicle to be safe to drive, you will receive a safety certificate that is valid for 36 days. Once that period of time passes, if you have not registered your vehicle yet, you are going to have to have another safety inspection done. It is important to note that a certificate doesn’t guarantee that your vehicle is safe to drive for any given period of time. This means that you will have a difficult time suing or pursuing a lawsuit against a mechanic if you get into an accident as a result of a part failing on you.

What Is A Car Safety Inspection Checklist?

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A car safety inspection checklist is something that mechanics reference, but that you also have access to. A safety checklist is basically a list of things that a mechanic is supposed to check when a vehicle inspection is done. The nice thing about having access to this safety checklist is that you can check some of these things out yourself to make sure that your vehicle qualifies for a safety. Although you may not be a mechanic, you should have no problem checking some things out such as brake pad thickness and tire tread levels. The more you can fix before an inspection takes place, the better chance you have of passing.

To Conclude:

Without being a certified mechanic it is hard to say what exactly you are going to have to fix on your vehicle to safety it. Luckily, safety inspections are very affordable to do and they can be done within a short period of time. You shouldn’t have a hard time finding a garage that would be willing to do a safety inspection on your vehicle. Most garages do offer safety inspections. The sooner you get one done, the sooner you can get your car on the road and start driving it.

Resources:

http://www.carcheckcanada.ca/safety-standards-certificate-ontario/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emission_test_cycle
http://www.officialinspectionstation.com/inspection.asp
https://www.ontario.ca/document/official-mto-drivers-handbook/buying-or-selling-used-vehicle