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Vehicle Inspections

Vehicle Inspections

We help Calgary drivers make informed decisions about car care.

If you bring your car or truck to us for your car, truck, van or SUV inspection, we will not only provide written documentation of the vehicle’s current condition, but you will also receive a price estimate for any necessary auto repairs. The open communication offered by our vehicle inspection technicians enables you to remain informed. We are pleased to answer any questions you may have and discuss which car repairs can wait and which are a priority. We keep you informed so that you can make the most of your budget and your needs.

With our Calgary vehicle inspections, you can count on us to find out all you need to know. We go deeper than the problems a car might have on the surface. We offer inspections on commercial vehicles, cars, and trucks both foreign or domestic. Our qualified technicians know how to inspect every aspect of most systems, regardless of age, make or model.

We’re one of Calgary’s best Used Car InspectorsWe take every precaution to ensure that your vehicle gets fully inspected. We find hidden problems and issues that sellers usually won’t disclose to a buyer and we take pride in being unbiased in our reporting of a car’s condition at the time of inspection.

We are committed to providing the most thorough car inspections we can provide. We recommend all potential car buyers get a pre-purchase vehicle inspection before buying a used car – especially in Alberta, where cars are regularly being sold with Salvage or Branded titles. Don’t risk buying a lemon just because the car is pretty for a very low price.

At the Car Salon, we have qualified car inspectors conveniently located in NE Calgary.

Vehicle Inspections Calgary

Car Inspection Costs

Out of Province Inspection

from $189

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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.

*Typically the inspection takes two hours to perform.

Pre-Purchase Inspection

from $149

Prepurchase inspection calgary
This is our most thorough inspection. It is a 240 point inspection and provides the best protection when purchasing a pre-owned vehicle.

*Typically the inspection takes two hours to perform.

Insurance Inspection

from $135

Insurance Inspection Calgary NE

Our most requested inspection is our basic 100 point safety inspection as required by insurance companies. It covers basic safety items such as brakes, tires, steering, and lights.

*Typically the inspection takes two hours to perform.

We endeavor to be your trusted “One Location… One Solution” centre.

For more information on our Tires, Wheels or Mechanic services please contact:

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 403.250.9723
Address: 1725 32 Ave. NE #122 Calgary, AB T2E 7C8

Three different Vehicle Inspection Reports

Used Car or Pre-Purchase Inspection

Purchasing a used vehicle can be risky. When excited buyers get emotionally caught up in the vehicle purchase. They often miss mechanical, cosmetic, and safety issues during visual inspections and test drives. These problems are compounded if the vehicle being purchased is located in another city and is purchased prior to being seen in person

To eliminate much of the anxiety and get an accurate picture of the condition of the vehicle, many buyers choose to have a pre-purchase inspection (PPI) done before the sale is final.
What is a pre-purchase inspection? A pre-purchase inspection is a detailed assessment by a qualified individual to determine the cosmetic, mechanical, and safety condition of a vehicle before completing the purchase. Most pre-purchase inspections are done by a certified mechanic or automotive technician.

Who is knowledgeable in the make and model of the vehicle being inspected. The intent of the PPI is to uncover existing conditions or to reveal maintenance shortcomings. Before they become a potential safety or financial issues for the buyer.

When should I get a PPI? A pre-purchase inspection is highly recommended when purchasing a vehicle without a warranty. Or when the vehicle is located in another city. When there is no warranty, the buyer is immediately assuming all the risk in the event of a breakdown or major mechanical issue. For this reason, a qualified PPI makes financial sense.

Vehicles in other cities present additional challenges when the purchaser is unable to take a test drive. With just a few phone calls, you can often arrange a PPI with a local shop where the seller can drop the vehicle off for a few hours. The resulting PPI report gives the buyer added security during a long-distance transaction.

Where can I get a PPI? A pre-purchase inspection can be done by any competent mechanic or automotive technician who understands the vehicle you are purchasing. Automobile dealerships and independent specialty shops are excellent resources for a thorough PPI. They will be familiar with the PPI process. In addition to the traditional automotive shops, there are now national specialized mobile PPI operations. That will inspect vehicles almost anywhere in the country. You can conduct an online search for “Pre-Purchase Inspection” to find larger operations.

What should be inspected? Unfortunately, there isn’t an industry-wide accepted standard or schedule for a PPI. The cost of the inspection generally determines the depth and detail of the inspection. A basic inspection will be mostly visual, which includes putting the car on a hydraulic lift and checking for leaks or broken components. A more involved inspection will include a detailed road test where components such as steering and brakes can be assessed. A thorough inspection will include checking engine compression and a computer engine analysis.

How much should it cost, and who pays? The buyer typically pays for the pre-purchase inspection. A basic PPI will cost $100 to $200. For that price, you can expect a good overall mechanical and safety inspection. Including a test drive of the vehicle. A detailed inspection of a complex luxury automobile. With extensive engine tests, could cost several hundred dollars or more. Read less
The pre-purchase inspection is usually completed before the sale. However, in some negotiations, the sale is contingent on the completion of a satisfactory PPI. A clean report is an excellent sales tool, while a questionable PPI can end the deal. To be fair to both parties, both the buyer and the seller should agree on the terms of the PPI before the inspection takes place.

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 Inspection

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.

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.

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.

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 auto body 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.

Alberta’s OPI Vehicle Inspection is privatized and inspection fees are established by the inspection facility. Customers are responsible for ensuring they receive the service expected when selecting an inspection facility.

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.

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.

Vehicle Inspections

Vehicle Inspections

In-province and out-of-province, pre-purchase vehicle inspections, and exemption permits.

Out of Province Inspection

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.

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.

For Registering an Out of Province Vehicle In Alberta form click here.

Pre-Purchase Inspection

What is a pre-purchase inspection? A PPI inspection is a detailed assessment by a qualified mechanic to determine the cosmetic, mechanical, and safety condition of a vehicle before completing the purchase. At the Car Salon, we provide Pre-purchase vehicle inspections.

Purchasing a used vehicle can be risky. Excited buyers get emotionally caught up in the vehicle purchase. We often miss mechanical, cosmetic, and safety issues during visual inspections and test drives. These problems compound if the vehicle being purchased prior to seeing it in person.

What should be inspected? Unfortunately, there isn’t an industry-wide accepted standard or schedule for a PPI. The cost of the inspection generally determines the depth and detail of the inspection. A basic inspection will be mostly visual, which includes putting the car on a hydraulic lift and checking for leaks or broken components. A more involved inspection will include a detailed road test where components such as steering and brakes can be assessed. A thorough inspection will include checking engine compression and a computer engine analysis.

Used Car Inspection

How much should it cost, and who pays? The buyer typically pays for the pre-purchase inspection. A basic PPI will cost $100 to $200. For that price, you can expect a good overall mechanical and safety inspection. Including a test drive of the vehicle. A detailed inspection of a complex luxury automobile. With extensive engine tests, could cost several hundred dollars or more.

The pre-purchase inspection is usually completed before the sale. However, in some negotiations, the sale is contingent on the completion of a satisfactory PPI. A clean report is an excellent sales tool, while a questionable PPI can end the deal. To be fair to both parties, both the buyer and the seller should agree on the terms of the PPI before the inspection takes place.

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 Calgary 32 Ave. NE location is licensed to perform them.

Insurance Inspection

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 one of our knowledgeable sales associates for more rates and more information.