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What is a Vehicle Inspection?

In general, a vehicle inspection is when a technician observes your vehicle and its components to determine if they are running correctly, if they will need to be replaced soon, or if they need to be replaced immediately. There are three types of vehicle inspections – a courtesy inspection, an insurance inspection, and a 12-point inspection.

Courtesy Inspection – a visual inspection of common components (such as lights, oil, and wipers). This is typically done during an oil change or tire changeover.

Insurance Inspection – an inspection required by most provinces when insuring a vehicle that is 10 years or older to assess any risks with your vehicle being on the road. The technician will inspect your brakes, suspension, exhaust, etc.

12-point inspection – a thorough inspection of your vehicle. Here are some of the things that we will check during your 12-point vehicle inspection:

Fluid Levels

We check all your fluid levels to ensure that they are at the proper levels, including your brake fluid, anti-freeze, and windshield washer fluid.

Tire Rotation and Balance

If necessary, we will rotate your tires to ensure maximum tread life.

Tire Wear

We measure your tread depth to determine the longevity of your tires and inspect for any cracks, bulges, or debris.


We make sure that your wheels are balanced and aligned.

Wiper Blades

We check your wiper blades to ensure that they are in proper working condition. We can also check your windshield to check for cracks or chips.


We will check all of your interior and exterior lights to ensure that all of them are working properly.

Belts and Hoses

We will inspect all the belts and hoses in your vehicle to check for fraying, cracking, and wear.

Shocks and Struts

We will check your shocks and struts to ensure that your vehicle is giving you a smooth, quiet ride.


We inspect your brake system, including your brake lines and brake pads, to determine their remaining life and advise if any repairs or replacements need to be made on them.


We test your battery to ensure that it has a strong charge and advise if it should be replaced.

Timing Belt

We inspect your timing belt to ensure that its working properly and we will advise if it needs replacing.

Cabin Filter

We check your cabin air filter to ensure that it’s clean and doesn’t need replacing.

Getting a vehicle inspection can save you money by ensuring that your vehicle’s components are working effectively. This will help to prevent huge issues with expensive components of your vehicle and help to keep your vehicle on the road longer. You can get the maximum life out of your vehicle by taking care of it and a vehicle inspection is just one way of helping you reach your kilometer goal. Make an appointment for a vehicle inspection at your local Tirecraft today and find out about our social distancing procedures.