MTO SAFETY INSPECTION
What is a safety inspection?
The safety inspection program in Toronto has been in place for many years and Level Auto has been participating in it for over 15 years. This program requires a licensed mechanic to conduct a thorough inspection of the vehicle and issue a certificate verifying that the vehicle meets the specific safety guidelines necessary for registration in Ontario. The inspection is overseen by the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) and utilizes the services of local shops to carry out the inspections. The purpose of these inspections is to ensure that vehicles are in a fit condition to safely operate on city roads and highways. The inspection is a comprehensive check of all the safety components of the vehicle.
When is a safety inspection required?
A safety inspection is typically necessary for customers in various situations, including:
- Purchasing a used vehicle in Ontario: When buying a used vehicle, a safety inspection is required by law in Ontario. Some private sellers may already have a safety inspection done before selling the vehicle.
- Insurance purposes: In some cases, an insurance company may require a safety inspection before providing coverage to ensure the vehicle is safe and meets the minimum safety standards.
- Buy back of lease: Dealerships may require a safety inspection before transferring ownership of a vehicle as part of a buy-back lease program.
- Ride-sharing: Ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft may require drivers to get an annual safety inspection to comply with regulations and ensure passenger safety.
- Out of province licensing: Licensing a vehicle from another province will typically require a safety inspection to ensure it meets the safety standards of the new province.
What is checked with the inspection?
The safety inspection is divided into various categories, including:
- Brake system
- Instruments and auxiliary equipment
- Electrical system
- Tires and wheels
- Coupling devices
- Road test
Detailed guidelines and regulations for passing the safety inspection can be found on the MTO website. It provides a comprehensive overview of all the rules and regulations that must be met for a vehicle to pass the inspection.
What if my car doesn't pass the safety inspection?
In the event that a vehicle fails the safety inspection, the inspection fee still applies since the inspection has been completed. If the necessary repairs are carried out at a different repair shop than the one where the safety inspection was conducted, there may be an additional charge for reinspection. However, there’s no need to worry if your vehicle doesn’t pass the safety inspection, as we can recommend affordable parts and services to help get your vehicle back on the road safely.
What happens after my car passes the inspection?
If your vehicle successfully passes the safety inspection, you will receive a safety certificate. This document can be presented to various entities such as Service Ontario, ride-sharing programs, or insurance companies as proof of your vehicle’s safety compliance. The safety certificate is only valid for 36 days from the date of the inspection and can only be used for the specific vehicle inspected. It serves as a verification that the vehicle complies with the Highway Traffic Act and regulations. You will receive two copies of the certificate – one for your own records and another for the required authority. Congratulations on passing the safety inspection, you are contributing to making the roads a safer place.
How much does a safety inspection cost?
Level Auto charges $120 plus tax for a safety certification, which includes an inspection and the issuance of a certificate upon passing. In addition, a vehicle inspection report must now be provided to customers, which contains crucial information and measurements for all items inspected. If the vehicle fails the safety inspection, there will be recommended repairs needed to pass, and a repair estimate will be provided to complete the necessary repairs.
Why choose Level Auto?
Choosing Level Auto for your car safety inspection has several benefits, including:
Compliance: By choosing Level Auto, you can be sure that your vehicle will meet all provincial requirements.
Peace of mind: Level Auto’s comprehensive safety inspections will give you the confidence that your vehicle is safe to drive.
Expertise: Level Auto’s trained and certified technicians have the expertise to identify potential safety issues before they become major problems.
Convenience: Level Auto makes it easy to schedule an appointment for your safety inspection, and their technicians work quickly to complete the inspection.
Overall, if you are looking for a reliable and trustworthy car service center to perform a safety inspection on your vehicle, Level Auto is an excellent choice.