Central Alberta Heavy Duty Repair is licensed by Alberta Transportation to perform Salvage Inspections.
Central Alberta Heavy Duty Repair charges $600 for Salvage inspections on cars and $600 for salvage inspections on light trucks. A 4-wheel alignment is also required to pass a salvage inspection. We charge $115 for an adjustment only 4-wheel alignment. You are welcome to bring an original printout of a 4-wheel alignment performed on the vehicle within the last 2 weeks. This printout must have the name of the shop that performed the alignment, the name of the technician, the date, and the vehicle information including the VIN #.
The Complete Process for Salvage Inspections :
When a vehicle is involved in a serious collision, or is stolen, an insurance company often 'writes the vehicle off'. In other words, the insurance company decides that the cost of repairing the vehicle is more than the vehicle is worth. In the case of stolen vehicles, often the vehicle is not recovered before the insurance company writes the vehicle off.
The insurance company then declares the vehicle 'salvage' and contacts Alberta Transportation to request that the Alberta Registry Database affix a 'salvage' status to the vehicle's VIN (Vehicle Identification Number). This 'Salvage' label is permanent. From this point on, if anybody tries to register the vehicle, the registry will require a salvage inspection certificate. This is a government issued certificate that is granted once the vehicle has passed a salvage inspection at one of the licensed salvage inspection stations in Alberta.
This is where Central Alberta Heavy Duty Repair comes in. We are a Salvage Inspection Facility. Our system for performing salvage inspections is as follows:
- A customer makes an appointment to bring their vehicle for a Salvage Inspection. When they bring their vehicle to our facility, they provide us with a 'Request for Inspection' which is a form obtained from any Alberta registry. We can obtain a 'Request for Inspection" on your behalf at a cost of $15. At the time of drop-off, the customer will be required to provide a copy of government issued identification, at least 4 pictures of the vehicle PRIOR TO IT BEING REPAIRED, and fill out a Rebuilt Vehicle Work Plan. This form details the damage done to the vehicle, the repairs that were made, and the source of the parts that were used to repair the vehicle.
- An Autobody Inspection Technician at our facility will first inspect the structural components of the vehicle. This inspection is not confined to the areas damaged in the collision, it is inclusive of the entire vehicle. The technician will take and record measurements of the structural components of the vehicle to ensure that they match the published reference dimensions available through our collision repair database. Once this technician has verified that the structural aspects of the vehicle are intact, the vehicle is taken for a test drive and passed on to an Automotive Inspection Technician.
- The Automotive Inspection Technician checks the vehicle from top to bottom. All steering and brake components are measured and recorded. Tire brand and tread depths are recorded. All Airbag and ABS systems are checked using computerized scanning equipment. Finally, a 4-wheel alignment is performed and the vehicle is test driven a second time to ensure the steering and ride is correct.
- At this time the customer is contacted and they are able to retrieve their vehicle. Payment in full is required before the vehicle will be released. If there are any repairs that are required, the customer will be provided with a copy of the 'Record of Inspection' which details what repairs need to be made. The customer then has 10 business days from the date of the inspection to complete the repairs and bring the vehicle back. Otherwise the inspection expires and the entire inspection must be done again at the same price as the original inspection.
- When the repairs have been completed, the customer can contact us to bring the vehicle back to Central Alberta Heavy Duty Repair so our inspection technicians can verify that the repairs have been made. This re-inspection costs $100 unless waived by the facility manager. This re-inspection fee also will not apply if the repairs are done at our facility. If all the repairs are verified, or if the vehicle passes the inspection on the first attempt, we issue a Salvage Certificate. The customer takes this certificate to the registry within 14 days and submits it to change the vehicle's status to Rebuilt. This 'Rebuilt' status stays with the vehicle indefinitely. The vehicle can now be registered and insured.