I'm relatively new to Winnipeg (from Australia) and was going to ask the same question. While I understand that a car needs to be safe, some mechanics out there are unscrupulous and plain opportunists, especially when it comes to unwary consumers. If anyone can recommend a "reasonable" reputable safety place, feel free to reply or PM.Also, where are the best places in Winnipeg to buys parts (price wise) and (range for aftermarket/import type merchandise/bling bits)?Thanks in advance.
You can take your car to a shop to get the safety done and are under no obligation to get the work done there. You can do it yourself or pay another shop.
Thou if you get a shop like that, that does fail you, you can't move the car unless its towed... (around 80$) So finding a shop you trust is always good!
You can't get a temp permit on a vehicle that has failed and not subsequently passed a safety, but it's not like it voids your insurance on the spot if you fail.
Are you sure about that? I've gotten temp permits for years, even back when only MPI could issue them and every time they say it's void once it fails a safety.
you could also bring your car in for a safety check- most small shops do thisbasically they perform and charge you for a safety inspection but it is off the books, which gives you time to get needed repairs done without having it fail.safety check or a pre-safety inspection is what a lot of places will call an inspection like that.It is by no means a fake safety or a crooked safety, it's just an inspection that'll let you know what will fail when a safety is being done. lets the car still be mobile to get repairs needed.edit: obviously within reason the mechanic will let you drive away, if your car is undoubtedly unsafe for use then any licensed mechanic can pull it off of the road, in the end it is their license on the line if they do a "safety" vs a real safety
This is not true. You can't get a temp permit on a vehicle that has failed and not subsequently passed a safety, but it's not like it voids your insurance on the spot if you fail. Unless it's something that makes the vehicle unsafe to operate, you can still drive it home, drive it to work the next day, and fix it at your leisure, and bring it back within the time allotted to be reinspected.
https://www.mpi.mb.ca/en/PDFs/COIsample.pdfRead the bottom of the safety sheet.... If you take your car to a shop for a "safety inspection" and they release it to you without it passing, they are obligated to have you sign the declaration. If you drive your car on the road before it is deemed safe, your insurance is technically void. Since shops don't have to provide MPI with the document immediately, you might squeak by without any issues... I would hate to see the potential implications of an accident though, MPI gets these documents eventually. It is one thing to drive a car that potentially has some issues but it is a whole different story when you sign a government document that says the car is unsafe. That, my friends, is criminal negligence.I suggest a "pre-safety" or general inspection if you don't want to open yourself up to liability issues.Stay safe!