Passing a Car Inspection In Canada: Basic Requirements

Nigerians in Canada

For most new residents of Canada, having a car is seen as a necessity rather than luxury. This is because access to public transportation is mostly limited. Owning a passenger vehicle comes with a few responsibilities which ranges from getting a drivers licence, car insurance and knowing the driving laws and rules in Canada. Also in order to determine whether your car is roadworthy, you are required to get a general vehicle inspection periodically. This process requires a qualified mechanic to look over various features and safety components within your vehicle and determine if it meets set safety standards. After this, inspection complaint vehicles get a sticker while non-complaint ones are given a fixed duration to make repairs before being passed for inspection.

I started to question what was involved in the process of getting my car inspected after sitting at the mechanic’s shop out of ignorance. This usually meant paying through my nose to get things fixed rather than being faced with the alternative of getting non-complaint sticker. As a newcomer in Canada ( or shall i say JJC?), here are a few advantages of knowing what parts of your car are required to be in good condition in order to pass an inspection:

  • It helps you to be dollar wise: If you are looking to purchase a used car after landing, this could help you to negotiate the purchase price of a vehicle from a strong standpoint. The stories i have heard of newcomers purchasing a used car and then spending way more than the purchase price to get repairs done. This is usually because certain parts of the purchased vehicle are not in working order as required for passing a roadworthy inspection. Situations like this can be avoided by getting a pre-purchase inspection which tells you the cars working condition and could also give you a price estimation for what needs to be fixed.

  • It gives you the option to fix things before a car inspection: Most trade occupations in Canada are high paying when compared to Nigeria, this is because labour is the most expensive. So let’s say for example you are required to have working light bulbs in your headlamp in order to pass an inspection, being aware of this in advance gives you the option to purchase one from an auto part store and have it replaced yourself or negotiate costs and have it fixed at an auto workshop of your choice.

Below is are links directing you to detailed information on inspection requirements for you province.

Ontario

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Quebec

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Nova Scotia

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New Brunswick

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Manitoba

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British Columbia

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Prince Edward Island

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Saskatchewan

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Alberta

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Newfoundland & Labrador

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