Ontario's New Mandatory Vehicle Branding starts Monday March 31st, 2003

NOTE: The new MTO branding info telephone number is
1-800-387-7736

Shop and insurer information is available below.

Introduction to Mandatory Branding

Inspection Requirements and Performance Standards

MTO Summary of Branding Program (Adobe Acrobat format)

IBC Insurers Guide to Branding Program (Adobe Acrobat format)

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions from MTO website

Special information for shops on members only page

List of Structural Inspection Stations (by Municipality March 2002)

List of Structural Inspection Stations (by district March 2003)

How to become a Structural Inspection Station

The Rebuilding File (Adobe Acrobat format)

Rebuilt and Re-assembled vehicle inspection exceptions

Equivalency charts for vehicle branding from Canadian and U.S. jurisdictions - This information has been removed from the MTO website. Please call MTO.

Notification of vehicle branding form (Adobe Acrobat format)

Notification of Vehicle Brand

Form (Adobe Acrobat format)

Guides:

1. Individuals or companies who own or lease 9 vehicles or less
2. Insurance companies/self-insurers
3. Importers/salvagers/auctioneers or anyone who buys, sells, wrecks or otherwise deals
in second hand motor vehicles


Advanced Structural Damage Assessment Training

A training program for technicians and appraisers to assist them in identifying and assessing damaged structural components is planned at Mohawk College. No date has been announced. If you, staff at your company or appraisers are intersted in knowing more about this course as it is available, please let us know who you are so that we can contact you by e-mailing us at info@ciia.com

NEW Information sessions availability



Inspection Requirements and Performance Standards

The alignment of each chassis control point and reference point shall be within three millimetres of the original equipment manufacturer's specification or within the standard of variance established by the manufacturer.

Structural joints / seams of all repaired or replaced chassis components must be accessible for inspection.

All components of the chassis shall be inspected and:

- No structural component of the chassis shall be missing, broken, cracked, loose, buckled or perforated by corrosion.

- Assembly or installation of any structural component of the chassis shall comply with the original equipment manufacturer's requirements and no fastener used for this purpose shall be missing, loose or misaligned.

- Attachment of any suspension or steering component to the chassis shall comply with the original equipment manufacturer's requirements and no fastener used for this purpose shall be missing, loose or misaligned.

- No mount shall be missing, shall be incorrect for the vehicle, shall have loose, missing, incorrect fasteners, or shall be broken.

- All doors, latches, hinges, and all sliding mechanisms on the hood and on a door, shall be inspected and:

o No such latch, hinge, or any non-electrical component of a side door sliding mechanism shall be missing, incorrect for the vehicle or be damaged, assembled or misaligned so as to affect the proper opening or closing of the hood or a door, or the proper securement of the hood in the closed position.

o Latches, hinges and sliding door components must be securely mounted to the body structure, hood or door in the same manner used by the original equipment manufacturer, and no fastener used for this purpose shall be missing, loose or misaligned.

- Flexible sealing material on all passenger cargo doors and hatches shall be in a position, and of a condition and design, so as to function as intended by the original equipment manufacturer to prevent the entry of exhaust fumes into the interior of the vehicle, and no such material shall be missing.

- No bumper or associated shock absorbing mechanism or structure or supporting structure shall be missing, collapsed inoperative or incorrect for the vehicle, and the method of assembly and installation shall comply with the original equipment manufacturer's requirements, and no fastener used for this purpose shall be missing, loose or maligned.

- All doors shall be correct for the vehicle and none shall be missing.


OUTSIDE OF ONTARIO "REBUILT" VEHICLES

If a vehicle is to be inspected is registered in any state of the United States or any Canadian jurisdiction outside of Ontario, is banded "REBUILT" or an equivalent to "REBUILT", this vehicle will become "SALVAGE" in Ontario. For structural inspection purposes, the following documents need not be supplied:

1) Colour photographs taken before the rebuilding showing all sides of the vehicle

2) Insurance company estimate of repairs

3) A statement of total loss from insurer or other

4) Address of rebuilder

5) Bill of sale

Note:The requirement that all welds be free of undercoating is waived

Successful completion of the structural inspection will permit the vehicle to be branded as "REBUILT" in Ontario.

The vehicle will still require successful completion of an inspection for purposes of a Safety Standards Certificate and for a Drive Clean emissions certificate as applicable, before license plates can be issued.


"REASSEMBLED" VEHICLES

If the vehicle to be inspected is a "REASSEMBLED" vehicle, the following need not be provided:

1) Insurance company estimate of repairs

2) Total loss statement from insurer or other

3) Photographs of the vehicle prior to re-assembly if the Director receives photos in sufficient numbers to display all of the manor components used in the re-assembly of the vehicle.

Note: Inspection of REASSEMBLED vehicles is only for full frame vehicles.

Successful completion of the structural inspection will permit the vehicle to be branded as "REBUILT" with a pink/purple colored registration permit. The vehicle will still require successful completion of an inspection for purposes of a Safety Standards Certificate and for a Drive Clean emissions certificate as applicable, before license plates can be issued.


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