Whether you’re purchasing a used vehicle, receiving a family hand-me-down, or selling your own vehicle, you’ll need to obtain a safety certificate to go with it before you can get behind the wheel or hand it over to someone else.
Each province has slightly different regulations when it comes to safety inspections, as vehicle and road safety are mandated on a provincial basis. Though, most require a similar inspection and certification process. In Ontario, the Ministry of Transportation requires a motor vehicle inspection certificate in order to transfer ownership.
Here’s a scenario: Your mother is getting older, and decides that she doesn’t feel comfortable driving anymore. As a result, she generously gives you her 2013 Honda Civic. You go to the local licensing office to transfer ownership, but are told that you need to obtain a safety certificate before the ownership can be transferred and new plates can be issued. You head over to your local Mufflerman, and are told your vehicle did not pass the inspection. As outlined by the province of Ontario, you have 10 days to rectify the issue.
The purpose of the inspection is to identify potential vehicular problems early to save you time and money down the road. According to the Ontario Government, “a safety standards certificate confirms that your vehicle met the minimum safety standards on the date the certificate was issued. It is not a warranty or guarantee of the vehicle’s condition. You can buy and register a vehicle without a safety standards certificate, but cannot put plates on a vehicle without one."
In other words, the province of Ontario has put these regulations in place to ensure that every vehicle on the road is safe and poses no risk to other drivers on the road.
At The Mufflerman, our certified technicians thoroughly examine a range of different parts, which include: hood components, engine components, transmission components, exhaust system, battery, cooling system, fuel, suspension system, brakes, steering system, airbags, seating areas, instruments and controls, lights, audio system, exterior components and the tires.
Although it may be frustrating to get a vehicle safety inspection, they’re worth it. Safety inspections were put in place to increase safety and to ensure that when you’re driving, you are not putting yourself or others in safety.
At The Mufflerman, we’re your auto specialists. Get your vehicle safetied today at one of our 12 Mufflerman locations across Ontario. We proudly serve London, Chatham, Sarnia, St.Thomas, Strathroy, Woodstock, Stratford, Brantford, Kitchener and Cambridge. Get peace of mind before purchasing with a safety inspection from The Mufflerman, now only $95.
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