Vehicle Inspections Guide

Some vehicles brought into Saskatchewan from out of province and some total loss vehicles are structurally and mechanically unfit. These vehicles are not safe to drive and pose a risk to their occupants and to other road users.

Vehicle inspections are necessary to improve vehicle safety and to ensure the safety of the general public.

What vehicles must be inspected

  1. Any used vehicle most recently titled, licensed or registered in another jurisdiction must pass a mechanical fitness inspection before it can be registered in Saskatchewan.
  2. Any total loss passenger vehicles that have sustained damage or corroded so it may have harmed or weakened the vehicle’s structural integrity, must pass a body integrity and a mechanical fitness inspection. Total loss vehicles imported from another jurisdiction also must pass both inspections.
  3. A total loss vehicle that has sustained damage, but does not have any evidence of damage or corrosion that has weakened the vehicle’s structural integrity, must pass a mechanical fitness inspection.

    Total loss vehicles that pass required inspections are branded a rebuilt total loss vehicle to protect consumers as part of the national Stolen and Wrecked Vehicle Monitoring Program.
  4. A total loss vehicle that has sustained cosmetic damage only, such as hail damage, and does not have any evidence of damage or corrosion that has weakened the vehicle’s structural integrity, must pass a mechanical fitness inspection. These total loss vehicles are not branded a rebuilt total loss vehicle.
  5. Stolen and recovered vehicles that have not sustained sufficient damage to be a total loss are not required to pass an inspection unless it is suspected the vehicle is either structurally or mechanically unsafe.

If you retain your total loss vehicle as part of the claim settlement or purchase a total loss vehicle from SGI Salvage, SGI will advise you if the vehicle is subject to any type of inspection.

If you purchase vehicles from other sources, you may contact a motor licence issuer, for a fee, to determine what inspections are required prior to licensing.

These inspection requirements do not apply to motorcycles, snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles or trailers not equipped with air brakes.

What is a total loss vehicle?

In Saskatchewan, when the cost to repair a vehicle and the vehicle’s salvage value are greater than the value of the vehicle, it’s considered a “total loss.”

If you decide to keep your total loss vehicle, the vehicle must be repaired and pass the necessary safety inspection(s) before it can be registered again.

If the vehicle is registered, the registration will remain in effect for 60 days from the date of your claim settlement or until the expiry date of your registration (whichever comes first).

If the vehicle is not registered, you will need a 24-hour permit to legally drive the vehicle from a repair shop to an inspection station or motor licence issuer. Permits are available from your local motor licence issuer.


Light Vehicle (Mechanical) Inspection Program

When your vehicle is inspected, it will be inspected to a MINIMUM SAFETY STANDARD as required by law. The inspection does not warranty or guarantee the condition of the components and systems for any period of time. The inspection station must upon request from the vehicle owner explain the deficiency referencing the inspection manual standard for any item that fails inspection. The vehicle owner is entitled to a photocopy of the “Failed” inspection certificate.

Charges for a Mechanical Inspection

On a passenger type vehicle up to and including half-ton trucks the inspection station is permitted to charge the shop charge out rate multiplied by 1.5 hours. Inspections are PST exempt, but GST still applies. The charge for larger vehicles is the hourly shop charge out rate multiplied by 2 hours.


A four-wheel alignment check must be completed and is included in the charge and time allotted for a passenger type vehicle inspection. This is completed to assist in the detection of steering and structural defects and damage. If a wheel alignment, adjustment or repairs are required, there will be an additional charge. Please note: If you choose to have the alignment performed by another repair facility, an alignment check will have to be completed at the original inspection facility during the reinspection. Inspection stations are permitted to charge for this second alignment check.

Certain structural components that provide protection to the vehicle occupants will be inspected to ensure corrosion or damage to these areas are repaired to the original manufacturers’ or repair industry standards.

If your vehicle does not pass the initial inspection and you choose to make outside arrangements to have deficiencies corrected, you have *30 days to return to the inspection station to have the vehicle reinspected. There is no charge for the first reinspection if the inspection of the repaired items does not require the removal of components or an alignment check. Subsequent inspection of rejected items may result in a nominal charge. Failure to return within 30 days may result in the vehicle undergoing another full inspection and the full fee may be applied.

*This 30 days does not exceed the provision that total loss vehicles must be inspected within 60 days or before the expiry of the current registration, whichever occurs first.

Surface rust will not be considered a defect for the inspection process.

The engine, transmission, air conditioning and other nonsafety related components will NOT be inspected.

Questions should be directed to Vehicle Standards and Inspection at 775-6188 or toll free at 1-800-667-8015, ext. 6188.