When buying, selling or getting insurance for a used vehicle, a vehicle inspection is a valuable investment. There are many different types of car inspections and AMA offers several locations for all your needs.
Find a car inspection centre near you.
When having your car inspected, a technician will inspect, test drive and report defects, potential problems and the general condition of the vehicle.
Buyer/seller car inspections
* GST is not included
Engine, powertrain and safety inspections (141-point inspection)*
Additional charges may apply for these services:
Most insurance companies require a safety inspection on vehicles 12 years old or older before the vehicle can be insured. Rates vary, contact your local shop.
Out of province vehicle inspection
*All vehicles registered from another province must have completed the out of province vehicle inspection before the vehicle can be registered in Alberta, or within three months of being brought into the province. Inspection centre shops set their own rates. AMA is not responsible for setting shop rates on provincially regulated inspections.
Salvage vehicle inspection
*Salvage vehicle inspection includes all the aspects of the out of province vehicle inspection, as well as the structural integrity inspection of the vehicle body component. A salvage vehicle, (write-off), is a motor vehicle that can be rebuilt.
Commercial car inspection
Commercial vehicle inspections are designated for trucks, truck-tractors, trailers, and semi-trailers with a combined weight of 11,794 kilograms must be inspected annually.
To obtain more information on Motor Vehicle Inspection Regulations refer to the Service Alberta website.
*Before you can get an out of province or salvage inspection you must obtain a Request for Vehicle Inspection form. This form is available for a fee ($9.45) from any AMA Registries office.To obtain the form, visit an AMA Registry office and bring your proof of ownership (Bill of Sale, previous registration, title, etc.) and a Form 1 import form (if the vehicle is being imported from outside of Canada).
You will need to present this form to the technician in order to allow them to proceed with the inspection. Contact AMA Registries for more information.
Inspection centre shops set their own rates. AMA is not responsible for setting shop rates on provincially regulated inspections.