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Canada - Vehicle Inspection, Maintenance, Repairs and Breakdown Recovery
If you are importing a vehicle the RIV inspection needs to be carried out within 45 days of your arrival in the country. If you need to have modifications carried out then these should be done before the inspection. If you do not have the inspection carried out then you will face penalties such as fines and you may be asked to remove the car from the country. Each province has a list of authorised inspection centres on their websites. When the car passes the inspection the centre can stamp your importation documents, which you will need to register the vehicle locally. The inspection checks the basic functions of the car and ensures that safety standards are being met.
The authorised inspection stations are run privately even though they are overseen by the province. This means that fees are payable for any inspections which are carried out. Customers should be sure that they only have an inspection carried out at a licensed premises that displays the correct signage. The fees are decided by each individual business. It is recommended that you talk to the mechanic before the inspection to establish the general condition of the vehicle. You have the right to seek a second inspection if you do not agree with the findings and before paying to have repairs carried out.
The standard inspection test can take around 2 hours and you will usually be charged for 2 hours labour. If you are having an inspection on a salvaged vehicle this can take around 4 hours. The inspection for a salvaged vehicle comprises the standard inspection and an assessment of the structural integrity of the car.
If you are having a safety check carried out the mechanic will inspect the various systems of the car including the exhaust and the fuel systems, the engine, the brakes, the suspension and the steering. Also included in the check are the electrical systems, the tyres, the windscreen wipers and defrosters and the bodywork of the vehicle. All systems must be in line with the specifications set by the manufacturer.
When you decide to sell a car you will need to have a safety standards certificate. This must be issued in the province in which you are selling the car. You will need to take the car to a vehicle inspection station and the certificate is valid for a period of 36 days, but is not valid as a guarantee of the condition of the vehicle.
The main breakdown company in Canada is the Canadian Automobile association. It boasts more than 5 million members across the country and there are different ‘clubs’ for each province. The services provided include emergency roadside assistance, travel services, insurance products and savings for members on other products.
CAA BRITISH COLUMBIA
4567 Canada Way
Burnaby , BC
Tel: (604) 268-5500
Functions only in BC: 1-877-325-8888
ALBERTA MOTOR ASSOCIATION
10310-39A G.A. MacDonald Avenue
Tel: (780) 430-5555
Functions only in Alberta : 1-800-642-3810
200 Albert Street
870 Empress Street
Winnipeg , Manitoba
Tel: (204) 262-6161
CAA NORTH & EAST ONTARIO
2151 Thurston Drive
Ottawa , Ontario
Tel: (613) 820-1890
CAA SOUTH CENTRAL ONTARIO
60 Commerce Valley Drive
East Thornhill, Ontario
Tel: (416) 221-4300
3271 Schmon Pky
Tel: (905) 984-8585
444 Bouvier Street
Tel: (418) 624-2424
Functions only in Québec 1-800-686-9243
378 Westmorland Road
NB E2J 2G4
Tel: (506) 634-1400
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