Whenever the ownership of a used vehicle changes in Ontario, it must pass a safety inspection and receive a safety standards certificate before new license plates can be installed in the car. The Ontario government has included windshields, mirrors, and windshield wipers and blades in the minimum list of items that need to be inspected.
There are very specific guidelines for the damage in the windshields that is allowed during inspection. Therefore, it is quite possible that a cracked windshield is unlikely to pass a safety inspection. If you have cracks, discolourations, chips, or scratches in the windshield or windows that are requisite for driving visibility, they might significantly interfere with your driving visibility. Therefore, get your windshield replaced before your safety inspection. It can save you the trouble of failing an inspection and prevent any delays or multiple trips to the mechanic's shop.
Side and rear-view mirrors are also a safety component. They must be in good condition with no cracks or any other damage, securely attached, and easily adjusted to pass the safety inspection. Mirrors serve as a safety precaution for drivers so that they can view the road around them, thereby enabling one to potentially avoid accidents as a result.
Visibility is another key component of safe driving and safety inspection. Windshield wipers and blades are an important safety feature of your vehicle. No matter whether you are driving in pouring rain, on sticky snow, or on a dirt road, good wipers will get rid of any debris and provide maximum visibility. You will fail the safety inspection if your blades are of improper size, if your wipers or washers are inoperative, or if the fluid reservoir has a leak.
To pass the safety inspection, the wipers must completely clear water from the wiped area and must not streak the windshield severely. If you find yourself with worn out windshield wipers or damaged blades, don't hesitate in replacing them. Don't gamble with your safety or that of your passengers.
Ultimately, it is in your best interest to get all the above items repaired or replaced not only to pass the safety inspection but also to ensure that you can drive without ever compromising your safety.
If any of these problems are preventing you from getting your vehicle inspected, please contact us online or call us at (905) 381-9285 to schedule an appointment. Our certified technicians will bring your vehicle up to the proper safety standards that are required to pass your safety inspection and ensure that it is in the top operating condition. Keeping you safe on the road is our number one concern.