Right Way Auto Repair
According to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, A Safety Standards Certificate is a document that certifies a vehicle’s fitness. It is presented upon your vehicle passing the minimal safety standards for Ontario.
The Certificate process was designed to ensure that any car being transferred to a new owner meets the minimum safety requirements to be on the road.
An SSC is not a warranty or guarantee on the general condition of the vehicle, or that the vehicle will stay fit for any period. 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 the Ontario Highway Traffic Act (HTA).
A Safety Standards Certificate is valid for 36 days after the inspection. During this period the vehicle 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 and re-certified.
You can buy and register a vehicle without a safety certificate. However, it is highly recommended that the seller provides the SSC because of the sequential steps to purchasing a used car from a private seller:
• To legally drive the car you need title (ownership) and insurance
• To gain title and ownership, you need a safety certificate
• To get a safety certificate you need to drive the car
Without a safety certificate being present before you buy the car, you can’t legally drive the car to get one.
When a mechanic tells you that your car has failed safety and tries to upsell you on items that need fixing, it is very upsetting. This may be an honest mechanic trying to keep you safe on the road or a businessman trying to create more business. You can always get a second opinion.
Important: you are not obligated to have your vehicle repaired at the place where the initial inspection was completed, but if you do not wish to incur any additional inspection fees you must return the vehicle to the original Motor Vehicle Inspection Station for re-inspection of the repaired items and issuance of the SSC. In this case, no additional fee will be charged for re-inspection, providing that the wheel brake assemblies do not have to be inspected a second time.
Right Way Auto Repair is a Motor Vehicle Inspection Station. Our qualified automotive technicians will provide an unbiased safety inspection to make sure your vehicle drives safely after you take ownership.