Vehicle Inspections

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Vehicle Inspections

Four 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.Read more
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.Read more
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. Read more
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.Read more
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 more

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. Read more




Vehicle Inspection

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.Read more




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.Read more



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. Read more


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.

Salvage Inspectioninspection calgary

 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.Read more


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, including 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 a 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.