What to Know About Mandatory Car Inspections
In Canada, there are several situations where you may be required to bring your car in for a vehicle inspection before you can legally drive it. Depending on your situation, you may be required to get one of the following inspections:
- Out of Province Inspection
- Safety Inspection
- Pre-Purchase Inspection
- AMVIC Inspection
- Uber Inspection
- Taxi Inspection
One of your responsibilities as a car owner is to have it insured. If your car is 12 years or older, most insurance companies will require you to take it in for a comprehensive check before your vehicle can be insured. Although your province regulations may not necessitate a car inspection, it is important and helpful in ensuring your vehicle’s proper performance.
A safety car inspection helps the DMV determine if your vehicle is in the condition to be on the road. If you’ve had your car for a while now and you are a certified mechanic, you can perform an inspection of your own. Moreover, if you know you’ve been taking care of your car well, it’s probably in great condition.
Now, if you’d rather have a mechanic check your car and if the province requires an official inspection, it’s best if you know what to expect. Here’s a list of what auto mechanics inspect during a car inspection:
During the inspection, the mechanic will look for cracks and chips on the glass. They will also check for loose seals. All of these are generally considered to be safety and driving hazards.
If your windshield does have chips, there are shops that can perform rock-chip repairs for free—your trusted mechanic may even be able to do it for you. For more extensive windshield damage you may have to replace your windshield altogether.
Therefore, if your windshield has a rock-chip or crack, get it repaired or replaced as soon as possible before you register your vehicle.
Naturally, worn and old tires will not paint you in the best light during the mandatory car inspection. You don’t need a mechanic to assess the state of your tires. Examine the wear indicator bar on the tires. If the tread has already been worn up to the bar or beyond, it’s high time you got new tires before you get your car officially inspected. You should also make sure that the tires are of the same style and size.
During a safety inspection, all your car lights will be inspected: headlights, turn signal lights, side lights, emergency flashers, backup lights, brake lights, and high beams. If any of your car’s lights aren’t working, have it repaired or replaced immediately.
If it’s found that your brakes are already worn down and not working as they should, you will fail the inspection. If your brake pads need to be replaced, don’t put off the task. Your brake fluids should also be checked, as well. The emergency brake will also be tested, so make sure it’s working properly, too.
The Steering and Alignment
The official mechanic will inspect every aspect of your vehicle’s steering system. If he finds that something is failing or loose, you will be told to address the problem. If the alignment is only slightly off, you might still pass the inspection. More noticeable alignment issues, on the other hand, will need to be resolved before you can pass the inspection.
The Seat Belts
Your car’s seat belts need to be in good working condition. They also need to be easily accessible.
The mechanic will inspect for fluid leaks. Serious leaks need to be addressed to make sure your vehicle passes the inspection.
By making sure that issues in your car are addressed ahead of time, there will be less of a chance that you fail the DMV’s mandatory car inspection. Take your car to your trusted mechanic at Optimum Auto Service and have it thoroughly inspected to get recommendations on how you can restore it to optimal condition.
Contact your local Edmonton mechanic for your mandatory car inspection today!