For the first time in 42 years, the Ontario Ministry of Transport (MTO) is revising the standards that a used vehicle must meet in order to pass the province’s safety inspection and be considered roadworthy. The new requirements, which affect every aspect of the vehicle inspection process, have been in effect since July 1, 2016.
The Passenger/Light Duty Vehicle Inspection Standard, otherwise known as Regulation 611 under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act (HTA), sets out which of a vehicle’s components and systems must be checked, and what condition they must be in, for a vehicle to be declared roadworthy. The new rules will amend all 10 existing sections of Regulation 611 (powertrain; suspension; brakes; steering; instruments/auxiliary equipment; lamps; electrical; body; tires and wheels; and coupling devices), and add a road test, during which a technician should note, among other things, the presence of warning lights and proper function of the odometer and the vehicle’s various mechanical systems.
Here’s an overview of the major changes that go into effect this summer:
The powertrain section gains a raft of new checks to items such as the gas pedal, throttle actuator, exhaust system, driveshafts, differentials, clutch and clutch pedal, engine and transmission mounts, gear shifter and position indicator, drive belt pulleys, and fuel system. There’s also a timely new requirement related to hybrid and electric drivetrains.
Tires will be subject to a deeper minimum tread depth, and tires will fail a safety inspection if “any single point on the… tread is below the minimum.”
Requirements for structural integrity will be much more stringent, “to deal with a loss of structural integrity of cab, cargo or passenger body, frame or sub-frame, tailgate, bumper, seats and seat belts due to specified weaknesses, deficiencies, damage, seizure, wear, loss of components or material or improper repair procedures.” All door latches, handles, and hinges will be subject to more rigorous inspection, and all occupant protection systems (including airbags and seatbelt pre-tensioners, in cars so equipped) must be tested “via the telltale diagnostic lamp.”
A car or light truck’s suspension will have to meet new standards for ride height, bushings, and shock/strut performance, and there are revised rules for measuring brake lining thickness and ensuring that anti-lock (ABS) and – in vehicles built on or after September 1, 2011 – stability control (ESC) systems work properly. The steering system also comes under increased scrutiny, with new requirements for components such as strut bearings and tilt/telescopic steering column hardware.
In the lighting department, LED (light-emitting diode) brake lights and turn indicators – which are becoming increasingly common – will need to meet a standard for the number of diodes (many automotive LED lights are made up of a large number of individual diodes) that must light up. As well, there are updated rules for vehicle wiring, plus other components such as the horn, speedometer, odometer, and windshield wipers.
According to an article published at Canadian industry trade magazine AutoServiceWorld.com, the new rules were developed in consultation with some of the roughly 33,000 technicians licensed to do Ontario safety inspections. There are more than 12,000 qualified auto repair facilities in the province.
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“The True North Times, ” a political satire publication, recently named AutoDrive Canada as #11 on the list of “13 Crazy Canadian Twitter Battles.”
This popular newspaper is for everything funny in Canadian Politics as it targets to amuse Canadians with their own funny politics and politicians. They deal with political Canadian satire, including scandals, ridiculous politicians, elections and comedic moments all throughout.
In case some of you out there haven’t heard, AutoDrive Canada was in the news last year. In fact on September 19, 2013 there was a “twitter war” between AutoDrive Canada and non other than Mr. Justin Trudeau himself. Well AutoDrive Canada was at the forfront when comments were made by Mr. Trudeau regarding the Used Car Industry and the thousands of men and women who work hard each and everyday. This is when Mr. Trudeau said that politicians were less trusted than used car salepersons. AutoDrive Canada immediately took to Twitter in response to these ridiculously demeaning comments. As a result, many hard working men and women felt a sense of gratification that their ethics and knowledge of the used car industry did not go unappreciated or disrespected. We must keep in mind that the automotive industry is a huge industry in Canada that greatly impacts our economy – infact as much as $71 Billion in annual revenues and exports! Used Car Salespersons are a part of this economy and with the industry now regulated by OMVIC (Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council) there is no room for ignorance and stereotyping of ‘the used car salesperson.’ Used Car Salespersons are hardworking, ethical and educated professionals that have been trained and licensed to sell pre owned vehicles in our vast province of Ontario. AutoDrive Canada is proud to have brought attention to this very important topic and preconceived notions about the Used Car Industry. Besides, ” the True North Times,” thought that the twitter interaction between Mr. Trudeau and AutoDrive Canada deserved to be ranked as #11 on their Top 13 Crazy Canadian Twitter Battles. http://www.truenorthtimes.ca/2014/03/06/top-13-crazy-canadian-twitter-battles/
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Spring has sprung across our beautiful province and spring has arrived here at AutoDrive Canada! We are here to help you get your car ready for Spring with tips and advice that will surely come in handy! Trading road salt for clean dry roads is definitely an incentive to get your car looking just as great as the weather. Here are 5 tips that will make spring cleaning a breeze so you can set the wheels in motion and cruise into warmer sunny days in style!
1. REMOVE WINTER TIRES: First and foremost because many of us tend to forget about our winter tires…..To best preserve your winter tires for the next icy cold season, make sure this tip is on the top of your to do list. Winter tires are manufactured using a unique rubber compound, which creates traction when roads are icy. In the summer, these compounds can become damaged with the heat and humidity attacking the tires and melting the rubber. In fact, leaving your winter tires on in the summer can cause irreparable damage that can impact the safety of the vehicle in the winter months ahead. During warmer months, all-season tires are recommended!
2. WASH AND WASH THE EXTERIOR OF YOUR VEHICLE: Get rid of the road salt, mud, dust, debris and grime off your vehicle with a car wash. Take it to your preferred car wash service or pick a beautiful day and wash your vehicle outside. This may take a little more time, but is well worth the effort when you can leave winter behind and feel better about the general condition of your vehicle. For more coverage, finish off the wash with a car wax. This step is very important since it not only seals the paint,but adds a shiny coat and repels water beads which eliminates troublesome water spots. Don’t lazy up and just leave it to nature to do the job for you, i.e. don’t leave the first rainfall to wash your car for you!
3. IT’S ALL IN THE DETAIL: As with the exterior, the interior has suffered equally harsh conditions; car mats are filled with road salt, seats and carpets are covered in stains and grime, while your dashboard is concealed in a layer of dust. Make sure your floors are vacuumed, mats are hosed down with a pressure washer to really cut through the build up, and use quality upholstery cleaners to thoroughly clean the fabrics and carpet!
4. CLEAN OUT THE TRUNK: The trunk is usually utilized as a general storage facility housing everything from hockey gear to shovels, boxes and any other winter items you are not generally using anymore….Clean it all out and find another storage space!! Not only will it free up some room to store things you’ll actually need in the summer, bit will also lighten the load improving your vehicle’s fuel economy rating. To put it simply, get rid of the extra baggage, you’ll feel lighter and happier!
5. BRING YOUR CAR IN FOR SERVICE: Spring is a perfect time to perform a quick inspection and general maintenance on your vehicle. Make sure to test to see if your headlights and taillights are in working order, change wiper blades if they have been worn out due to icy winter conditions, and most importantly make sure your mechanic checks alignment since wintery bumpy roads and pot holes can throw alignment off and cause premature ware and tear.
And of course after giving your precious vehicle the TLC it needs, take time to enjoy the Spring with all it has to offer from simple fresh walks with loved ones, road trips making life time memories or just taking in the sights and sounds of Spring!
AutoDrive Canada wishes you all a happy and glorious spring…….we are here to serve and assist you with all your car needs this season and every season. Remember take the stress out of buying a car when you visit our showroom. We are the only proud sponsors of “CAR BUYING & FINANCING SIMPLIFIED.” Browse our inventory today and check out the best prices in the city, Vaughan, Toronto, Concord, Woodbridge, Markham and Brampton!
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Congratulations if you’ve already made the decision to buy a new used car in Ontario!
One of the safest ways to buy a used car is to purchase from a dealer registered with the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC). If you choose to buy from a private seller, just be aware that you will not get the added protection that comes with buying from a registered Ontario dealer.
In Ontario, consumers as well as dealers are fortunate to have the comfort of knowing that the Automotive industry is a regulated industry and has been for over 10 years now! This means, gone are the days of the preconceived image of buying a ‘used car’ from a salesperson telling you all sorts of great things about a car but maybe leaving out some ‘other’ important details for you to consider before your purchase. Today all automotive sales persons in Ontario have to be legally registered salespersons with the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council.
What does this mean you may ask? Well what it means is that when buying a preowned vehicle you can look forward and anticipate dealing with a professional who has been licensed and certified in Automotive Law and Ethics. This individual has successfully passed an examination in various automotive laws and is registered at a dealership where he or she are certified to represent and sell automobiles. This is a wonderful achievement for our province because it allows for trust, full knowledge and respect for everyone involved when buying a used car.
Here at AutoDrive Canada, we believe in providing our customers with the knowledge and information to make the best decisions possible when considering a new used car! We hope you consider us for your future car needs – our specialists are always available to answer any questions or concerns you may have so please give us a call today!
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Is the Ontario Safety Standards Certificate also a warranty? In a word, no. When it comes to buying a used vehicle, the Safety Standards Certificate (SSC) is an essential part of the process; yet it can also be misunderstood. Let’s take a close look at the Certificate, including what it covers – what it does not – and what you, the car buyer, must know before purchasing.
MTO Definition According to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, “A Safety Standards Certificate is a document that certifies a vehicle’s fitness.” A Safety Standards Certificate is valid for 36 days after the inspection. However, the certificate is not a guarantee or warranty that the vehicle will stay fit for any period. The Certificate process was designed to ensure that any car changing hands must possess the minimum safety requirements to drive on the road.
What is covered in the Safety inspection? The inspection covers numerous components of the vehicle, each related to safe operation. For example:
You can see a detailed list of the components covered in the inspection here.
When is the SSC needed? A Safety Standards Certificate is required in the case of any vehicle changing hands to a new owner. This step is required before the new owner’s licence plate can be attached. The car must receive a Certificate before it can be “plated” (receive new plates from the Ministry of Transportation).
Who performs the safety inspection? A licensed mechanic must carry out all SSC inspections.
What is the 36-day limit all about? As soon as the vehicle passes the SSC inspection, there are 36 days in which it can be sold and plated to the new owner. If 36 days have passed and the car has not been plated, it must be re-inspected.
Does the SSC mean the car has a 36-day warranty? Absolutely not. Many people are confused on this point. Even though the vehicle has successfully passed the inspection, things can still happen. A tire could go flat. A bulb could burn out.
Does the Certificate cover anything beyond safety items? No. The MTO states, “An SSC is not a warranty or guarantee on the general condition of the vehicle. The SSC only certifies that on the date it was issued, the vehicle met the minimum safety standards as set down by Regulation 611 of Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act (HTA).”
Be sure to read our new article on the revision of the Ontario Standards Certificate which took place July 1, 2016.
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