Four different Vehicle Inspection Reports
User Car or Pre-Purchase Inspection
A Motor Vehicle Inspection report may be required when buying, selling or obtaining insurance. A vehicle inspection report is a valuable investment. There are many different types of vehicle inspections. The Car Salon Tirecraft location is licensed to perform them. Insurance Inspections are requested by most insurance companies when a vehicle is 10 years old or older. This form must be done before the vehicle can be insured. Contact your local Tirecraft Auto Centre for rates and more information.
Provincial Regulated Car Inspection most provinces require an out-of-province vehicle inspection before the vehicle can be registered. In most cases, vehicles require this inspection within three months of being brought into the province. Many Tirecraft locations are able to perform an out-of-province inspection.
To obtain more information on Motor Vehicle Inspection Regulations, refer to your provincial ministry of transportation. Contact your local Tirecraft Auto Centre for rates and more information.
Commercial Inspection Program
Transportation plays a key role in moving goods and people across Alberta. Through monitoring and enforcing safety standards, Alberta Transportation aims to keep the province’s highways safe for all road users.
In order to maintain a safe highway system Alberta Transportation inspects and monitors commercial carriers for safety compliance and for the protection of our highway infrastructure.
Networks of private facilities and technicians are licensed by the Vehicle Safety Section to conduct inspections under the Vehicle Inspection Program. Registered owners are responsible for ensuring that each bus, truck light truck or trailer owned by them receives the required inspection. Annual inspections need to be completed on trucks, truck-tractors, light trucks, trailers and semi-trailers with a combined weight of 11,794 kilograms when operating intra-provincially and 4,500 kg when operating extra-provincially. As well as all registered buses designed to carry more than 10 passengers, including the driver, must be inspected semi-annually.
Out of Province Vehicle Inspections (OPI)
All vehicles registered in another province must complete the one-time Out of Province (OPI) Vehicle Inspection within three months of being brought into Alberta and before they can be registered in the province.
What the Inspection Involves This inspection is a basic safety or mechanical fitness assessment that must be performed by a certified journeyman technician who is licensed by Alberta Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Inspection Program (MVIP). Typically the inspection takes two hours to perform. The mechanical fitness portion of the OPI Vehicle Inspection involves virtually all vehicle components including fuel and exhaust systems, all electrical, engine controls, powertrain, driveline, steering, suspension, braking systems, wiring and lights, tires, glass, wipers and defrosters. The vehicle must be maintained within Original Equipment Manufacturers standards or wear tolerances in order to pass the inspection.
Structural integrity inspections establish whether or not the vehicle’s frame and/or body exhibit signs of major collision damage and/or repairs. They also examine the vehicle for corrosion in body or frame members. The OPI Vehicle Inspection may not be conclusive in determining previous crash history as the inspection technicians are certified automotive service technicians, not autobody collision repair technicians. If you suspect the vehicle has sustained major damage before you purchased it, you may wish to have the vehicle examined by a collision repair technician.
Restored antique, classic, homebuilt, modified or street rod vehicles that were not previously registered, or those where proof of prior Alberta registration cannot be provided, must also undergo an OPI Vehicle Inspection the first time they are registered.
Alberta’s OPI Vehicle Inspection is privatized and inspection fees are established by the inspection facility. Customers are responsibility for ensuring they receive the service expected when selecting an inspection facility.
You should discuss your vehicle’s overall condition with the inspection technician before entering into an agreement to have the vehicle inspected. If the vehicle is found to be deficient during the inspection, you may choose to take your vehicle to more than one inspection technician before agreeing to complete suggested repairs.
Inspection Deadlines Vehicles that fail the initial inspection must be repaired within 10 days of the failure notice to avoid an additional full inspection fee assessment. Vehicles repaired and presented for re-inspection within 10 days will be subject to verification of required repairs only. Inspection Certificates are valid for 14 days and vehicles must be registered in Alberta before the expiry date. Should the vehicle owner fail to register the vehicle within 14 days a full OOP Vehicle Inspection will be required again.
A salvage vehicle, commonly referred to as written-off by people outside the automotive industry. Is a motor vehicle that can be rebuilt and inspected. Vehicles declared salvage by an insurance company must undergo an inspection by a licensed inspection technician. A salvage vehicle that has passed an inspection is given a “rebuilt” rating on the vehicle registration form, which indicates it has been repaired, can be re-registered and driven on Alberta’s roads. The Salvage vehicle inspection mirrors those of other provinces and territories and requires that rebuilt vehicles be restored to Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) or Inter-industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) specifications. The inspection normally takes four hours to perform. It includes all aspects of the Out Of Province vehicle inspection, as well as the structural integrity inspection component.Any vehicle declared non-repairable will not be issued any further certificate of registration. They are damaged in such a way that it is non-repairable and cannot be registered. These vehicle can only be dismantled for parts.
Requirements for Rebuilding a Salvage Vehicle
1) Verify vehicle status at an Alberta registry agent before purchasing and repairing:
a) Salvage – a motor vehicle that can be rebuilt. A salvage vehicle inspection must be completed prior to registration.
b) Non-repairable – a motor vehicle damaged to the extent that it is non-repairable and cannot be registered (replaces the previous term “salvage”). These vehicles can be sold for scrap and dismantled for parts only. Do not repair a vehicle with this status.
2) Obtain a Rebuilt Vehicle Work Plan
3) Take four photos of the damaged vehicle before undertaking repairs (front, rear, left side, right side).
4) Choose the vehicle inspection station and jointly determine the point when in-progress inspections will be required.
5) Perform repairs conforming to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and/or Inter-industry Conference on Auto Collision Repairs (I-CAR) standards.
6) Take photographs/digital pictures throughout the repairs.
7) Enter the parts/components purchased onto the Rebuilt Vehicle Work Plan, include the vendor and donor Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
8) Ensure the required in-progress inspections are performed at the appropriate times.
9) Present the vehicle for final inspection prior to installing interior trim and undercoating.
10) Take the completed Inspection Certificate to an Alberta registry agent within 14 days of the inspection being signed as complete.