Maintenance and Preventative Services

Safety Checks


A safety check is a government-certified inspection that ensures your vehicle meets road safety standards.
Requirements for a safety check may vary from province to province, but in Ontario a safety check will ensure the following items on your car are in good working order:

  • Accelerator linkage
  • Bodywork
  • Brakes
  • Frame components
  • Exhaust system
  • Fuel system
  • Horn
  • Hoses and belts
  • Lamps and reflectors
  • Mirrors
  • Neutral starting switch
  • Seats and seatbelts
  • Speedometer
  • Steering
  • Suspension
  • Tires
  • Wheel mounts and rims
  • Windshield & windows
  • Windshield wipers


A car safety inspection is required for vehicle registration in Canada or whenever ownership of the vehicle changes.

For new and used cars purchased through a dealership, the safety inspection will be done at the dealership. If you purchase a used car privately, then a certified mechanic, like the technicians at Master Mechanic, can do the safety check for you.

After your car passes inspection, you will be issued a safety standard certificate. This certificate must be registered with the Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO) within 36 days of the inspection, or you will need to have the car re-certified.

Commercial vehicles, like trucks or trailers, and those used as a taxi or for ride-share services like Lyft or Uber, must be inspected regularly. Depending on the type of vehicle, the inspection schedule can range from daily (trucks, buses) to semi-annually or annually.

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