Safety Checks At Hansma Automotive 

At Hansma Automotive, we believe in the importance of safety for both you and your passengers. In our harsh Canadian climate it is especially important to have a team that you trust to maintain your vehicle, allowing it to perform at it's highest levels. Call us for a routine safety check, or a safety certificate if you are looking to sell your car.

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Hansma Automotive performs routine safety checks on all vehicles we service, covering such areas as the:

  • Spark plug - A low performing plug can reduce fuel efficiency by up to 30%
  • Fuel Filter - Recommended it is changed every 15,000 kilometers
  • Crank Case Vent Filter - Recommended it is changed every 40,000 kilometers
  • Vapour Canister - Recommended it is changed every 40,000 kilometers

It is important to check your vehicle's manual for a safety checkup schedule. This will allow you to keep your vehicle running at optimal performance.

"Awesome service! Great place to have all your vehicle maintenance done." - Kathy Lemieux, Hansma Automotive Customer

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Safety Certificates

It is common to see the phrase, "price includes safety check," when researching the purchase of a new car. Alternatively, you might see the phrase, "this vehicle is sold as is." Obviously it is important to know the difference between these phrases before you make a purchase, as it is illegal to drive a car in Ontario that has not passed a safety check. Read on to find out what a safety check is, when it is necessary, and where to get one.

What Is A Car Safety Check Certificate?

A car safety check certificate is officially known as an OSSC, or Ontario Safety Standard Certificate. An OSSC  is a certificate that is issued by a government-approved Motor Vehicle Inspection Station (MVIS). Hansma is qualified to certify vehicles that pass inspection. Our mechanics will ensure that your vehicle meets the safety requirements for all vehicles being operated in the province of Ontario.

Our inspection includes an examination of the exterior and interior of your vehicle, and covers seat belts, mirrors, tires, the braking system, the fuel system, glass, wipers, lights and the horn. For a complete list of what our inspection covers, check the Ontario government site.

When is a Car Safety Check Required?

An OSSC must be issued in order to:

  • Transfer a used motor vehicle to a new owner
  • Register a motor vehicle in Ontario that was previously registered in another province or country
  • Change the status of a vehicle from unfit to fit
  • Register a rebuilt motor vehicle

An OSSC Is Not Equivalent To A Car Warranty

Don't make the mistake of assuming that a safety certificate is the same as a car warranty, which is a separate document that may or may not be issued by a car dealership. The OSSC simply indicates that the vehicle met the safety requirements on the date it was issued. A safety certificate is valid for 36 days from the date of issue and most tests can be completed in less than an hour.

Where Can I Get My Vehicle Inspected in Kitchener/Waterloo, Cambridge?

Hansma Automotive is a government licensed Motor Vehicle Inspection Station. Feel free to call the above number to book an appointment today.