Government Inspections in Kelowna, BC
Since 2000, A Plus Automotive has been the automotive one-stop-shop for Kelowna BC drivers. We are licensed to provide government inspections. Our services include both private and commercial provincial vehicle inspections. We also offer annual inspections for commercial light trucks and flat deck trailers, semi-annual inspections for hydraulic dump trailers, and pre-purchase inspections for vehicles you’re looking to buy or sell.
If you've recently purchased a vehicle outside the province of BC, it's not as easy as bringing it back home. Your car may be subject to an out-of-province inspection. If you're moving to BC from a different province, you may also need this service. This inspection assesses the basic safety of your vehicle's mechanical parts. Both privately and commercially owned vehicles imported to BC are subject to this vehicle inspection.
The only vehicles exempt from this rule are:
- Brand new vehicles
- Heavy weight vehicles that are more than 3501 kg
When you bring your vehicle to our shop for an out-of-province inspection, we take our time to all aspects of your car. Some of these areas our inspectors will review include the engine, fuel system, exhaust system, steering and suspension systems, braking system, tires, car body and frame, glass surfaces, and more. If any of these components are not up to standards, you will fail the test.
Below are some more frequently asked questions (FAQs) on provincial inspections:
Q1: What happens if I fail the test? And is there a charge for retesting?
A1: If you do not pass the inspection, you will need to get the repairs before retesting again. Fortunately, the technicians at A Plus Automotive do repairs on-site at our testing facility. We'll provide you with an estimate for the repairs, and you'll have 15 days to have them performed. Once the part(s) are restored, there is no charge to verify that the repairs have been made.
Q2: How long do I have to register my vehicle upon passing the inspection?
A2: Once you pass, you will receive a certificate, which is valid for 14 days. You must register your vehicle within this window before the certificate expires. If the vehicle is not registered in the time frame, the vehicle will need to be retested.
Q3: Do antique, classic, homebuilt, or modified vehicles have to undergo out-of-province inspections?
If the automobile was not previously registered in BC or proof of registration cannot be provided, it must also undergo an out-of-province vehicle inspection.
Commercial Light Truck Inspections
Canada takes the safety of commercial vehicles very seriously. To ensure your single truck or fleet is roadworthy, these vehicles must undergo an annual inspection as mandated by the Commercial Vehicle Inspection Program. We proudly offer this service for commercial light trucks weighing up to 1.5 tons at A Plus Automotive.
If you’ve got a trailer used for hauling around items around BC, they must also undergo government inspections. At A Plus Automotive, we offer annual inspections for flat deck trailers and semi-annual inspections for hydraulic dump trailers.
While pre-purchase inspections aren’t required with every car purchase, it is highly recommended that you get one. Buying a pre-owned vehicle is a significant investment with risks, and a pre-purchase inspection allows you to avoid possible costly repairs. This inspection will let you know the true condition of the vehicle, both inside and out. At the end of the inspection, we’ll give you a full report and outline any repairs it may need now or in the near future, so you can make an informed decision on whether to buy the car or not.
If you have a car, SUV, truck, or trailer that needs inspections, you can trust A Plus Automotive to provide quick and accurate inspections. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please give us a call or visit our auto repair shop today!