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MTO SAFETY INSPECTION

Are you buying a used car or selling a used car in Ontario? You should know about getting a car safety inspection and getting a safety standards certificate. A car safety inspection is always worthwhile. Before investing in a vehicle or selling one, you should be aware of the vehicles overall condition. To do this you can get a safety standards certificate.  You’ll likely need one to complete the sale or get your vehicle on the road.

What Is A Safety Standard Certificate?

A safety standards certificate is a document that outlines a vehicles health. You need it to get a license plate for a vehicle. The certificate proves a vehicle meets minimum required safety standards in Ontario. The certificate does not guarantee the vehicles condition. It does not act as a warranty when you purchase a used vehicle.

Do I Need A Safety Standard Certificate?

You need a car safety standard certificate when you buy or sell a used vehicle through a private sale. You can buy used vehicle and register it without a certificate. You cannot get plates for it without a safety standards certificate.

When Do I Need A Car Safety Inspection In Ontario?

There are four instances when you need to get a car safety inspection. Here is when you need an inspection :

  • You are transferring ownership of a used vehicle.
  • You are registering a rebuilt vehicle.
  • You are registering a vehicle in Ontario that previously resided in another province or country.
  • You are updating the status of a vehicle from unfit to fit.

Does The Seller Have To Provide A Safety Standards Certificate?

No. Private vehicle sellers do not have to provide you with a certificate. You can request one to be part of the sale. If the seller doesn’t provide a certificate, you will need to get one by getting the car inspected.

What Happens If My Vehicle Doesn’t Pass The Car Safety Inspection?

If the vehicle doesn’t pass, the owner will not be able to register the plates. This means you will not be able to drive the vehicle until the repairs are complete.

PRICING

  • MTO Safety Inspection $120

    This fee is applicable regardless of the results of the inspection. If repairs are required, an estimate will be provided. If repairs are completed within ten days with us, no additional fees are applied to recheck the vehicle.

FAQs

Yes. You can sell a used vehicle without the inclusion of a safety standards certificate. It is common for sellers to include it as part of the used vehicle information package. Without a certificate, buyers may be reluctant to make an offer.

The inspection takes about 90 minutes to complete.

There are many things that could cause you to fail a car safety inspection. Some of the most common examples are worn out brakes, exhaust leaks, bad suspension and steering, tires with no grip, and leaks.

The certificate is valid for 36 days after the inspection is complete. If you fail to register the vehicle within this time period you will need to re do the inspection before you can register your vehicle.

Yes. You do not need a safety standards certificate if you are transferring vehicle ownership to your spouse.

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