Our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section:
- Yes we do Classic Car Inspections, For pricing, please send us an email for a quote to (info at carinspected dot com)
- Yes, we can conduct pre purchase and pre sale inspections on those vehicles. For pricing, please send us an email for a quote to (info at carinspected dot com)
- Yes, we inspect wherever the car is. We are regularly asked about the receptiveness of a small car lot to having an inspection done by Car Inspected (an independent inspection), and the answer is, if the seller has nothing to hide, they are generally welcoming the idea of an inspection.
- Yes, Car Inspected has conducted countless CPO inspections. Dealerships go through so many cars every month, they do miss things sometimes, not because they are trying to trick anyone (they have a reputation to protect), but because of honest errors. For example, most dealerships would trust the CarFax report, but we’ve seen a lot of cases where the vehicle had a “clean” CarFax report, but during the inspection, we discover previous accident repairs on the panels and replaced headlights, taillights etc.
- dealer vs car inspected inspections complement each other. Dealerships do the safety aspects, while we dig more searching previous accidents etc.
- The dealership inspection (Certified pre owned inspection) differs between Car Brands. In general, however, they inspect (and replace if necessary), Brakes, Tires, oil, filters, major engine and transmission components (based on a computer scan or similar), suspension, and major electronic systems.
- We additionally inspect, Paint thickness on metallic panels, confirm computer scans, test drive, oil quality, brake fluid humidity, verify summer vs. winter tires, check operation of windows, mirrors, sliding roof (if applicable). Also check body panel alignment, confirm if a panel has been removed/replaced. Check for smells in the interior (smoke, pets, etc.), and much more…
- As you can see, the two inspections, dealer vs car inspected complement each other.
- Contact us Here if you have any more questions or concerns.
- A safety standards in Ontario is put in place to verify if a vehicle meets the minimum safety standards. It verifies the safety aspects of the chassis, brakes, and suspension links, also verifies the safety electrical systems, such as, horn functionality, Airbag light. Moreover, the emissions testing makes sure that the vehicle is functioning within it’s design parameters in terms of burning hydrocarbon fuels. For more information about safety testing in Ontario, please visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/safety-standards-certificate
- Our inspections touch the points above, but adds Paint thickness on metallic panels, confirm computer scans, test drive, oil quality, brake fluid humidity, verify summer vs. winter tires, check windows, mirrors, sliding roof (if applicable). Also check body panel alignment, confirm if a panel has been removed/replaced. Check for smells in the interior (smoke, pets, etc.), and much more
- Short answer is no. Long answer is, Even though we have certified technicians that can conduct an Ontario Safety, the requirements for the Safety Test include lifting the car (in a garage, using a hoist), and since our service is on-site (we send our technicians to the vehicle), we cant issue a safety certificate because it would not comply with the Ontario Safety (for more information, please visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/safety-standards-certificate)
- Short answer is no. Long Answer, the SAAQ contracts CAA centers and some garages (list: https://saaq.gouv.qc.ca/en/find-service-outlet/). Those are the only list of approved garages to conduct that inspection. We send our technicians to the car, and don’t operate from a garage, Therefore, we don’t have the basis to apply to become an SAAQ testing facility.
- Short answer is no. Long answer is, unless the garage that replaced the timing belt had provided that information (sometimes on a placard or a sticker on the timing belt cover, in the engine bay), there is no way to tell if the timing belt has been changed or not without opening up parts of the engine. Please note that not all engines use a timing belt, the majority of engine manufacturers have moved to a timing chain system which doesn’t need the same attention as a timing belt)
- Yes, we can inform you if the vehicle being inspected has an engine the uses a timing belt or a timing chain.
I live very far from the car, but car inspected covers that city, can you do the inspection on my behalf?
- We call that a Remote Inspection, so yes, We can always conduct the inspection on your behalf. Note that there are extra charges that apply, called remote inspection fee.
- the remote inspection fees are automatically added to the price of the inspection when you book online.
- Online booking can be done by clicking Here
- a remote inspection requires the inspector to take pictures and video of the vehicle, and upload the files and send a written report via email. all in less than 24 hours of the inspection scheduled time.
The car I’m interested in is outside of one of the cities that you cover, can you go there to inspect it for me?
- Depending on how far the vehicle is, there are extra mileage fees that apply (For example, a 2 hours highway drive would cost about $235+Tax extra to do the inspection)
- the extra fees cover the time and mileage for the inspector to go to the vehicle and inspect.
- extra mileage fees do not include remote fees.
- for more information about availability and pricing, click here
If you are making a payment on-site : We accept Credit Cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express), Interac Debit, Interac e-Transfer, and Cash.
If you are making a payment online for a remote inspection : We use PayPal (https://www.paypal.com/) or Square (https://squareup.com/ca/en).
Click Here for Pricing and availability (you can book an inspection online)
- Yes, we inspect at private residence, homes, and driveway.
- Inspecting cars that are parked on sidewalks is considered dangerous, for obvious reasons. We recommend to meet the seller at a public parking space.
- Inspectors would continuously be walking around the car, and maybe needing all doors open etc.
- You can check our pricing and availability by consulting our online booking service here
- You can check out our YouTube channel to see some of the thousands of videos that we’ve done when we inspect at private residence or at dealerships.
- Customer pick up is on a case by case basis. If you are at a subway/metro station or a bus station that’s 15 minutes drive away from the location of the inspection
- Please ensure that this is arranged ahead of time. Either by including that request when completing the online booking, or calling and requesting a pick up. Must be made at least 24 hours before the inspection. Please note that such requests are handled on a case-by-case basis.
- you can contact us Here for more questions
- When you go to a garage complaining about suspension noise, what’s usually the first thing the mechanic does? They take the car for a drive… That’s what we do, we don’t lift the car. However, we can tell you if the suspension is weak or if you have a loose suspension link.
- If a suspension problem is found, the worst case scenario is assumed (in terms of fault and price)
- This can work to your advantage in the buying process as it can be used to negotiate the price of the vehicle.
- We do check the shocks for leaks, and for front wheel and all wheel drive cars, we check the CV join boots/ axle boots, and take a look at the overall suspension condition
- As for rust, even though we don’t lift the car, we do visually look at the undercarriage.
- Most cars are high enough to simply look under them. For cars that are low, we use mirrors and/or borescope camera to inspect the undercarriage for missing parts, rust, or scrapes. (Note: the rigor depends on the level of inspection)
- For More information about our availability and pricing, you can click here
- No, you don’t have to be present during the inspection. However, we highly recommend for you to be there. So you can see what the inspector is doing. It’s also easier and faster to show any issues that are found. It’s also faster for you to make a decision on the vehicle
- We can always conduct the inspection on your behalf, we call that a Remote Inspection, There are extra fees that apply, because the inspector would have to take pictures and video of the vehicle, and upload the files and send a written report via email, normally within 24 hours of the inspection.
- you can contact us Here if you have any more questions or concerns.
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