A salvage vehicle, commonly referred as written-off by people outside the automotive industry, is a motor vehicle that can be rebuilt.

Vehicles declared salvage by an insurance company must undergo an inspection by a licensed inspection technician. A salvage vehicle that has passed an inspection is given a "rebuilt" rating on the vehicle registration form, which indicates it has been repaired, can be re-registered and driven on Alberta's roads.

The Salvage vehicle inspection mirrors those of other provinces and territories and requires that rebuilt vehicles be restored to Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) or Inter-industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) specifications. The inspection normally takes four hours to perform. It includes all aspects of the Out Of Province vehicle inspection, as well as the structural integrity inspection component.

Any vehicle declared non-repairable will not be issued any further certificate of registration. They are damaged in such a way that it is non-repairable and cannot be registered. These vehicle can only be dismantled for parts.

Click here to locate an Alberta inspection facility in your area.

Requirements for Rebuilding a Salvage Vehicle
1) Verify vehicle status at an Alberta registry agent before purchasing and repairing:

a) Salvage - a motor vehicle that can be rebuilt. A salvage vehicle inspection must be completed prior to registration.
b) Non-repairable - a motor vehicle damaged to the extent that it is non-repairable and cannot be registered (replaces the previous term "salvage"). These vehicles can be sold for scrap and dismantled for parts only. Do not repair a vehicle with this status.

2) Obtain a Rebuilt Vehicle Work Plan by clicking on the link below:

Rebuilt Vehicle Work Plan (PDF, 31 KB)

3) Take four photos of the damaged vehicle before undertaking repairs (front, rear, left side, right side).

4) Choose the vehicle inspection station and jointly determine the point when in-progress inspections will be required.

5) Perform repairs conforming to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and / or Inter-industry Conference on Auto Collision Repairs (I-CAR) standards.

6) Take photographs / digital pictures throughout the repairs.

7) Enter the parts / components purchased onto the Rebuilt Vehicle Work Plan, include the vendor and donor Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).

8) Ensure the required in-progress inspections are performed at the appropriate times.

9) Present the vehicle for final inspection prior to installing interior trim and undercoating.

10) Take the completed Inspection Certificate to an Alberta registry agent within 14 days of the inspection being signed as complete.

Note: Date altered certificates will not be accepted.

For more information, please contact:

Vehicle Inspection Program