Government Inspections

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LAD’S AUTO is certified to provide automotive inspection services on behalf of the Government of Alberta. Our inspection services include commercial vehicle inspection and out-of-province vehicle inspections.

Hint: Just moved to Alberta? LAD’S Auto is licensed to provide out of province auto inspections. Read our FAQ’s for more information!

Out of Province Inspections

Have you just moved to Alberta? Did you buy your vehicle in
another province or country? LAD’S AUTO is licensed by Alberta
Transportation Motor Vehicle Inspection Program (MVIP) to provide
out of province auto inspections. The inspection assesses basic safety
and mechanical fitness. An inspection will generally take two hours
to complete.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about out of province inspections.

What mechanical components are evaluated as part of the out of province inspection?

The mechanical inspection covers virtually all vehicle components. This includes fuel and exhaust systems, all electrical, engine controls, powertrain, driveline, steering, suspension, braking systems, wiring and lights, tires, glass, wipers and defrosters.

A structural integrity inspection will establish whether or not the vehicle’s frame and/or body exhibit signs of major collision damage and/or repairs. The body and frame will be inspected for corrosion.

Inspectors will also check to ensure the vehicle has been maintained within Original Equipment Manufacturer’s standards for wear tolerances in order to pass the inspection.

I’m not sure if my car will pass an inspection and I don’t want to be surprised by costly repairs. What should I do?

You should always discuss your vehicle’s overall condition with the inspection technician before entering into an agreement to have the vehicle inspected. Be honest. This can save you from unexpected surprises. If the vehicle fails inspection, there are timelines to get repairs performed, which should be a consideration from the outset.

How long do I have to get my vehicle repaired if it failed an out of province inspection?

If the required repairs are performed within 15-days, there will be a no-charge inspection to verify repairs were performed. If the repairs are not completed within 10 days, you will need to have the vehicle re-inspected and will be charged the full inspection fee.

How long do I have to register my vehicle once it has passed inspection?

Inspection Certificates are valid for 14 days and vehicles must be registered in Alberta before the expiry date. If the vehicle is not registered within that time, the vehicle will need to be re-inspected.

Can mechanical inspectors be 100% certain if a vehicle has been involved in a collision or accident?

The out of province inspection may not be conclusive in determining previous crash history, as the inspection technicians are certified automotive service technicians, not autobody collision repair technicians. If you suspect the vehicle has sustained major damage before you purchased it, you may wish to have the vehicle examined by a collision repair technician.

Do restored antique, classic, homebuilt, modified or street rod vehicles require an out of province inspection?

If the vehicle was not previously registered in Alberta, or proof of prior Alberta registration cannot be provided, it must also undergo an out of province vehicle inspection.

If my vehicle fails the out of province inspection, can I get a second opinion?

If the vehicle is found to be deficient during the inspection, you may choose to take your vehicle to more than one inspection technician before agreeing to complete suggested repairs.

Pre-Purchase Inspections

Before you buy a pre-owned vehicle, it is always a wise idea to get an independent, professional mechanical inspection. It is the best way to identify potential safety concerns or costly repair work that could add dramatically to the purchase price.

Our qualified technicians will assess the vehicle top-to-bottom and provide a detailed report for your review – so you know exactly what you’re getting before you commit to purchasing.

Alberta Commercial Vehicle Inspections

LAD’S AUTO is licensed by the Vehicle Safety Section to conduct inspections under the Commercial Vehicle Inspection Program. Registered owners are responsible for ensuring all busses and light trucks are inspected according to the required schedule.

When you register with LAD’S, we will pre-book your appointment and call you in advance to remind you that your inspection is due.  If mechanical work is required to pass inspection, LAD’S qualified technicians are able to provide all repair services in-house.

Commercial Light Trucks Annual Inspection

LAD’S performs commercial light truck inspection services on individual and fleet vehicles. Alberta Transportation mandates inspections be conducted on an annual basis.

Busses (School & Commercial) Semi-annual Inspection

Busses with a seating capacity over 10 passengers require inspections every 6-months. LAD’S AUTO is licensed by the Vehicle Safety Section to conduct inspections under the Commercial Vehicle Inspection Program. Registered owners are responsible for ensuring that each bus is inspected according to this schedule.  LAD’S can conduct the inspection and perform any required repairs.

Ambulance Inspection Semi-annual Inspection

LAD’s is honoured to participate in the Alberta Ambulance Inspection Program, through Alberta Health and Wellness. Inspections are performed by a journeyman automotive service technician with an Ambulance safety license. We are fully equipped and certified to perform these inspections and provide any needed repairs.

Trust Your Inspection to LAD’S

Bring your commercial or personal vehicle into LAD’S AUTO for an authorized inspection.
Need repairs? You’ve come to the right place.