General, pre-purchase, insurance & out of province inspections in Edmonton
8733 53 Ave NW, Edmonton
General inspections ($149.95)
What is a general inspection?
A general inspection is a thorough mechanical inspection that is performed on a vehicle to assess its mechanical condition. Often a general inspection will be performed at the request of the customer to ensure the vehicle is safe and road worthy. During the process, it may uncover items that require attention – often allowing owners to address issues before a full-out failure, which can save money and vehicle downtime.
Our expert technicians perform a thorough inspection of the vehicle’s:
- Drive train (engine, transmission, mounts, driveshaft(s)/axles, fluid levels)
- Brake system (fluid condition, lines, hoses, calipers, rotors/discs, drum/shoe setup)
- Steering components (steering rack, tie rods, boots, steering box, links/arms)
- Exhaust system (muffler, resonator, flex section, hangers)
- Suspension components (shocks, struts, control arms, ball joints, mounts, torsion rods)
- Cooling system (fluid level/condition, hoses, radiator, fan)
- Lighting system (operation of headlights, brake lights, marker lights, reverse lights, license plate lighting)
- Wheels & tires (noting condition, remaining tread, abnormal wear)
Upon completion of the inspection, we provide you with a full, and comprehensive summary of our findings, including photos/video of anything requiring attention. Plus, we will prioritize any recommended repairs needed in order of importance and timeline.
When is a general inspection recommended?
A general inspection is recommended once a year as part of the maintenance of your vehicle. We may recommend a general inspection during the time we are performing a service on a vehicle, if we note items requiring attention during our complimentary pinpoint visual inspection.
Pre-purchase inspections ($199.95)
What is a pre-purchase inspection?
A pre-purchase inspection allows you to check the condition of a pre-owned vehicle before you buy it. The pre-purchase inspection includes everything covered by the general inspection, plus our technicians take extra steps by inspecting additional items such as:
- Body condition (noting damage, paint condition, missing/damaged trim)
- Interior components (seats/belts, window operation, HVAC operation, accessory operation)
- Interior and exterior cosmetic condition, with extra photos and videos if you’re buying sight unseen
This inspection can be especially helpful for someone who is not able to view the vehicle in person to ensure the vehicle is as advertised.
This inspection may uncover some undetected issues, which would give you the opportunity to negotiate, or make necessary repairs before assuming responsibility for the vehicle. Rivercity Motors provides an accurate, thorough, and fair inspection that all parties can rely on.
When is a pre-purchase inspection recommended?
A pre-purchase inspection is recommended any time you wish to purchase a pre-owned vehicle. It helps ensure that the vehicle you’re interested in purchasing is in good condition. And with any issues noted during the inspection, we will provide an estimate to correct those issues thus giving the current owner the opportunity to make necessary fixes before the deal is closed.
Insurance inspections ($100)
What is an insurance inspection?
An insurance inspection is conducted on all vehicles over 12 years old in the province of Alberta. This inspection ensures the vehicle is road worthy, as per the guidelines of Alberta Transportation. Once our inspection is complete, we’ll give you recommendations for any needed repairs, so you can continue to drive your vehicle safely on Alberta’s roads. You will be provided with a copy of the inspection noting whether the vehicle is deemed roadworthy or if repairs are required.
When is an insurance inspection required?
An insurance inspection is required by your insurance company on any vehicle over 12 model years old. Without the inspection noting the vehicle is roadworthy, your insurance company may choose to not continue insurance coverage on your vehicle.
Out of Province inspections ($199)
What is an out of province inspection?
An Out of Province inspection is a one-time vehicle inspection that is required before registering any vehicle being brought into Alberta. This inspection is mandated by Alberta Transportation. It is a thorough inspection wherein all findings are reported to Alberta Transportation. The vehicle must pass this inspection in order to obtain Alberta registration.
During the inspection process, there are certain criteria that may lead to a wheel alignment being required as per Alberta Transportation’s guidelines. Should the alignment be required, we can perform the alignment in house at an additional cost.
When is an out of province inspection required?
Any vehicle that was NOT last registered in Alberta will require an Out of Province inspection. If you are an Alberta resident and wish to bring a vehicle in from another province, an Out of Province inspection is required to obtain Alberta registration/plates. If you have previously lived outside of Alberta, but are changing your permanent, legal address to this province, Alberta insurance and registration are required. An Out of Province request form is required for the inspection, and it can be obtained from any Alberta registries office. Once the Out of Province inspection has been submitted to Alberta Transportation, there is a limited amount of time to have the vehicle registered before the inspection is no longer valid.