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Rebuilt Vehicle Inspection Process

June 23, 2012
Divisions:bcarcrdlmdmrd

The Issue: The rebuilt vehicle inspection process in B.C. needs repair. Over the last few years, industry repair shops have witnessed an increase in the number of poorly rebuilt vehicles, and recently reported media stories validate this claim. For example, in April 2011, 55 rebuilt vehicles owned and operated as taxis by the Yellow Cab Company in Vancouver were re-inspected. Twenty-four of them (40%) were identified as unsafe and removed from road. And in March 2012, the Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE), after being alerted to concerns about the quality of repairs by a local body shop, re-inspected 15 vehicles that were rebuilt there. Six were determined to have serious structural issues (a 40% failure rate).

The Impact: The number of unsafe rebuilds on the road today is not known, but the ARA believes recent media reports are just the tip of the iceberg. Given the high failure rate for re-inspections, the ARA believes the numbers are significant. The faulty system has led to increased rates of vehicle curbing, poor workmanship, and use of stolen, improper and/or unsafe vehicle parts. This, in turn has led to increases on premiums paid for salvage at auctions, leaving legitimate operations unable to compete.

ARA Position: The safety of the motoring public is the ARA’s primary concern, and the Association is advocating for changes to the vehicle repair inspection process currently managed by the CVSE.

  • The ARA and its multiple divisions have combined their efforts to develop the ARA certified rebuild program. The program is currently under review.
  • The ARA is actively soliciting information on faulty rebuilds and has asked its members to inform their division consultant when they encounter them.
  • The ARA has had some initial contact with the Minister for Public Safety and the Ministry of Transport (MoT) about the program.
  • The ARA will continue to initiate dialogue with the CVSE, MoT and Ministry of Justice.
  • The ARA continues to collect data to support its case.

For more information, please contact Ken Hendricks at kenhendricks@ara.bc.ca; Keith Jones at keithjones@ara.bc.ca; or Rene Young at reneyoung@ara.bc.ca