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A properly maintained and fully functioning vehicle meeting all safety requirements is less likely to be involved in a road accident.
A vehicle safety inspection examines your vehicle’s features that make it safe to drive on the road. This includes inspecting your tires, brakes, lights, mirrors, and other components your vehicle requires to function properly to keep you and other drivers safe.
A vehicle safety inspection varies depending on the province, but generally, it is a government inspection that ensures vehicles are roadworthy. Some provinces require this inspection on an annual basis, while others require it only before the sale of a car. Make sure you are familiar with your state’s vehicle inspection laws.
Car safety is critical for everyone, including your passengers and other drivers. People haven’t been driving as much as they were before the pandemic, but now that things are slowly but steadily improving, everyone wants to get back on the road. Inspections are quite important due to the following reasons:
Safety standards vehicle inspection is an important process in Ontario, as it helps ensure that vehicles on the road are safe to operate and meet the minimum standards the province sets. The inspection is designed to identify any potential safety issues and ensure that vehicles are in good working condition. A safety standards vehicle inspection is required in Ontario when a vehicle is sold, transferred, or when it reaches a certain age.
Licenced car technicians perform vehicle safety inspections as required by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO). Our technicians run your vehicle through a checklist of features that must function properly to be considered safe.
This includes features such as your lights, horn, and mirrors, as well as your steering and brakes, seatbelts, and tires. We will also look for obvious pitfalls, such as fuel leaks, which can result in an inspection failure.
Once your vehicle has passed the safety inspection, you will receive a safety standards certificate that confirms your vehicle met the minimum safety standards on the date the certificate was issued and allows you to put licence plates on your vehicle.
Here is what will be checked during the vehicle safety inspection program in Ontario:
Tires are checked to determine if the tread has been worn down or if any dangerous flaws are present, such as dry rot, bubbles, or other damage. The technician will also inspect your spare tire to ensure it is roadworthy in case you need it.
One of the most basic car inspection requirements is that the brakes work. The technician will inspect the brake pads and rotors to see if they are excessively worn and if there are any brake fluid leaks. The emergency (or parking) brake will also be examined. If your brakes are “squishy” or slow to respond, you should have them checked, or you may fail the inspection.
Examine interior and exterior lights to ensure they are all functioning properly.
In this case, inspections often include a windshield assessment that ensures your view is not obstructed and checks for any cracks, chips or loose seals that may result in larger problems later on.
Without your rear and side view mirrors, you’re effectively driving your vehicle with 180 degrees of blindness. If you can’t see what’s coming up behind you, you’ll have to learn when it’s safe to change lanes or get out of harm’s way, if and when it’s necessary. In addition, your side view mirrors and rearview mirrors must be present and provide an unobstructed view to pass inspection.
During the inspection, your steering components will be thoroughly examined to ensure that nothing is loose or in danger of failing because any instance of steering failure during a turn could be disastrous. Any worn parts discovered during the inspection could result in the assessment failing.
Your suspension is responsible for providing a smooth ride as your vehicle travels bumpy, uneven roads. The inspection technician will ensure that your shock absorbers are not leaking or broken.
Bring your vehicle to True Auto Care if you are looking for an MTO-approved safety standard inspection. We are a leading automotive repair shop in Drayton, Ontario, that can conduct the inspection and complete any necessary repairs to ensure your vehicle is safe for the road.
Well just say I brought my 2003 Trailblazer from Victoria BC and needed a fitness review. I was treated with courtesy, up to date requirements and advice to get my vehicle certified. Staff was friendly and I could not ask for anything more. Great service. THEY ARE VERY METICULOUS IN THEIR EXAMI NATION.Lloyd Bartholomew Jul 7, 2023
The Best most honest service ever! Took the time to explain and show us the problem and how he would repair it.Kristina Breunig Sep 9, 2023
Jenna, Ron and the whole crew at true auto go above and beyond. Always friendly, timely with service, and reliable.Heidi Brouwer Sep 9, 2023
Customer service by all was kind, informative and prompt.Jennifer Craig Sep 9, 2023
Everything was great, service work, time of appt and length of time.Ann ironside Sep 9, 2023
I needed an urgent tire repair (air was leaking) and Ron had the car repaired within 30 minutes after my arrival. The tire was punctured by two nails and needed two patches.Brian Doyle Sep 9, 2023
Oil change and tire rotation were done in the time specified.Robert Davy Sep 9, 2023
awesome service. . have come many years for car service will keep comin back.joanne gardner Apr 4, 2023
I had an emergency flat tire. They took us in and looked after the tire right away. Super friendly and helpfulTanya Packer Aug 8, 2023
Service is always courteous and friendly. Job was done quickly. I had a followup issue but they fixed it the next day.John Edwards Aug 8, 2023
The staff is very knowledgeable and understands my needs. When working on the car they informed me of other issues that needed to be done and gave me an estimate of the additional cost before proceeding with the work. I am satisfied with their work. Bob SkeochBob Skeoch May 5, 2023
Terrific staff! Superb workmanship! I have been going to True Auto Care for the whole six years I’ve lived in Fergus for all our vehicle needs. Quality/ kindness/ caring business!! Highly recommend !Maggie Johanna Aug 8, 2023
Very satisfied. Rena gave a clear explanation of recommended work. Friendly staff, clean waiting room. Loaner vehicle was appreciated!Amber Kuliszewski Aug 8, 2023
Thank you for squeezing me in. Your quick fix gives me great peace of mind!Nardo Kuitert Aug 8, 2023
Great serviceShirley Rowan Jul 7, 2023
Great experience. Brought car in for safety and was told everything in detail...worked with us throughout the experience and had car finished when we needed it. Thank you!Kat M Jul 7, 2023
Excellent service once again! My car was ready sooner than expected even though brake parts had to be ordered.Walter Malofy Feb 2, 2023
Fast friendly and knowledgeable staff! Thank you Manny.M Mont Jul 7, 2023
Excellent service efficient and timelyJim Bailey Jul 7, 2023
Brakes serviced as agreed and done in timely fashion. Well done!!Kenneth Lindsay Mar 3, 2023
Friendly staff, convenient, upfront with the process in terms of timing and what we being done.P Hollister Jun 6, 2023
Wonderful customer service team. Helped me out with a last minute safety in an urgent situation. Such kind customer service demeanour and finished the job extremely fast. So appreciate them!!!Laura A Jun 6, 2023
When I go for maintenance the service is always great.wayne campbell Jun 6, 2023
True Auto Care looked after my service truck in quick fashion when it was down and I needed back quickly, great timely service. Thanks!Jim Spencer Jun 6, 2023
Heat shield on muffler system was loose. They fixed it in no time and I was charged for the labour. Great service!Roger Campbell May 5, 2023
Terrific & friendly service as always. Clear communication regarding work to be done & costs. Flexible with scheduling is appreciated!Christina H May 5, 2023
Great! Very good front of house customer care! Organized and did very well by me! Fixed up my Subaru and noticed some things that were an oversight at Subaru Dealership! Thank you True Auto Mechanics and I appreciate the work. Recommended As well they have night time drop off! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Kevin Grice May 5, 2023
I am very thankful for the mechanic's honesty. I can now say I have a safe vehicle again! Thank you so much.Kristin Simoes May 5, 2023
Great staff and great service. Highly recommend them to anyone who asks!!Correct Fire & Security Mar 3, 2023
Always helpful, pleasant and fair!! 😊Vanessa Espinoza May 5, 2023
I would like to thank the people at true care auto for fixing our car. I recommend you take your car there. Great service!chase woods Apr 4, 2023
Very good experience. A bit expensive for removal of winter tires already on rims... but, the service staff were very helpful.Tollett Family Apr 4, 2023
Service here is a team effort with excellent results.Jack.Jack Wolowich Apr 4, 2023
fast and friendly service with everything explained before and after job was done...RUSS STOKES Apr 4, 2023
Awesome as always 👏Steven Haney Apr 4, 2023
I had an engine light on for an evap code. The team at True auto was able to find a low voltage error in record time and fix the connection. A big thanks !! Bobbob vanleeuwen Apr 4, 2023
Yesterday I went in to get an oil change and switch out my snow tires at True Auto Care. I have been going there since I moved to Fergus 4 years ago, and there customer service and quality of work has always been exemplary (a nice change after having lived in the GTA). They're also very accommodating around scheduling when last minute changes need to be made.Judy Manley Apr 4, 2023
Every interaction I have had with True Auto Care has been excellent. They have great attention to detail and I love that they send pictures with reports. They are my go to car place whenever I can!Charles Wright Jan 1, 2021
Ron and Jen always smiling and happy to see me.Dennis Hons Apr 4, 2023
Great service again......They were able to accommodate my oil change at very short notice around our work schedule which caused us no inconvenience at all.Bobby Fishman Mar 3, 2023