Thousands of inspections are conducted annually at Access Automotive. We all know what an inspection is (some of us know this better than others). But...do you know what’s involved in each of the three different inspection levels that we do at our shop? Find out!
Vehicle inspections verify if a vehicle is safe to drive. They also determine the overall value and condition of a used vehicle when you’re buying, selling, or purchasing insurance. What’s discovered during an inspection can save you from expensive and potentially unsafe problems later.
Why we don’t separate our inspections by the number of “points”
Regardless of what inspection we are conducting, if there is anything obvious that our technicians are concerned might impact the safety of your vehicle, they will always make a note of it in our report as “items of severe safety concern”
Examples of these could include:
- Corrosion concerns in the floorboard or frame of the vehicle
- Severely low or no oil showing on engine level indicate empty Engine Oil
- Inoperable windows
- Broken Engine Motor Mounts
If there are an excessive number of these concerns, we are likely to recommend a comprehensive inspection for your safety.
Types of Vehicle Inspections
When having your vehicle inspected, a technician will check it thoroughly, take it for a test drive, and report any defects, potential problems, and the overall condition of the vehicle. Below are the most common vehicle inspections in Alberta.
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.
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 such as: lights, steering and suspension.
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 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, flooding, or rough use is 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.
At Access Automotive, the comprehensive inspection is the same as a Pre-Purchase inspection.