The process of putting a rebuilt vehicle back on the road must follow several steps:
Before submitting a rebuilt vehicle to a technical appraisal, the vehicle owner must keep a rebuilding record. This step is not required, however, in the case of a vehicle damaged and rebuilt outside Québec as long as it was registered as rebuilt in the jurisdiction of origin before it was brought into Québec.
Documents and information required:
During the second step, the vehicle and its rebuilding record are submitted to an agent who will then carry out a technical appraisal at the vehicle owner's expense. Before the technical appraisal, the vehicle owner must obtain the Demande de certification d'un véhicule reconstruit form from an agent and fill it out. This form describes all the elements of the rebuilding record and presents a list of the main components used.
The vehicle owner must also make sure that the assembly joints are accessible to facilitate their appraisal. Furthermore, there must be no sealant, soundproofing or rustproofing compound applied to the underside of the vehicle.
It is important to know that special requirements apply for the replacement of safety equipment (air bags, air bag electronic control modules, seat belts with pretensioners). For further information, you must contact the SAAQ.
Two conditions must be fulfilled to meet the standards of the technical appraisal:
After the appraisal, the agent determines vehicle compliance by filing a Rapport d'expertise technique (technical appraisal report), which becomes the technical compliance certificate.
A vehicle that does not comply may be submitted again to the technical appraisal after the rebuilder has corrected the problems stated in the technical appraisal report. It is also possible to submit the vehicle to another agent, but a new technical appraisal will have to be carried out on the basis of the original rebuilding record.
Limits of the technical appraisal
The technical appraisal is a legal requirement. It consists of a visual inspection of the vehicle chassis and body; it is not a complete inspection. It is therefore strongly recommended to submit the vehicle to an inspection by a vehicle body builder.
Once a vehicle has passed the technical appraisal, the vehicle owner must submit it to a mechanical inspection, still at the owner's expense. During this step, the agent conducts a detailed inspection of the vehicle's main components.
Vehicle owners who obtain the technical compliance and mechanical inspection certificates at an SAAQ service outlet thus obtain the authorization to put the damaged and rebuilt vehicle back on the road. The status of the vehicle is therefore changed to rebuilt (reconstruit).