Vehicle Inspections

Vehicle Safety Inspection

The Safety Inspection is a multi-point inspection focusing on lighting, suspension, brake operation, exhaust condition and much more. Typically, this inspection lasts at least an hour and must be conducted by a licensed automotive technician.

Insurance Inspection

Most insurance companies require a safety inspection on vehicles 12 years old or older before the vehicle can be insured. This report must be completed by a Certified Automotive Technician. This inspection would cover anything pertaining to the safety components of a vehicle. Lights, Steering and Suspension …etc. 

Pre-purchase Inspection / Comprehensive Inspection

A pre-purchase inspection is an independent, third-party professional service that evaluates a vehicle’s condition before a purchase offer is made. The prospective buyer hires a qualified automotive technician who examines the target vehicle for defects, hidden damage, maintenance history, and safety, then typically provides a written evaluation report. The service results in information that the prospective buyer uses as decision support for the vehicle purchase. The focus of a pre-purchase inspection is to gather information on the vehicle's current condition.  A short road test is usually included. Inspections are performed with the permission of the seller. The buyer can be present or not present during the inspection.

The inspected areas include structural integrity, safety features, electrical and electronic systems, powertrain, suspension, fuel system, emissions, steering, comfort system (heat/air), security system, exhaust, interior, wheels and rims, and apparent state of general maintenance. Hidden damage from crashes, flood, or rough use are inspected. Important for newer vehicles is an inspection of the onboard computer system, including recently cleared computer codes. The inspector also investigates for vehicle identification alteration, salvage title, and odometer fraud.

Out Of Province Inspection

The purpose of an Out of Province Inspection ensures your vehicle meets the safety and vehicle equipment standards of Alberta. The inspection must be conducted in a licensed facility, by a journeyperson technician, licensed by the Vehicle Inspection Program to perform Out of Province Inspections. The inspection can take up to 2 hours on average to perform but may vary based on the type of vehicle.

Comprehensive Inspection

At Access Automotive, the comprehensive inspection is the same as a Pre-Purchase inspection.