Last year, we decided maybe we could sell our Mazda, throw in a few more G’s and buy a decent used car a little newer than the ’96 MX-6. After having recently replaced the hood, front bumper, and headlight (plus paint), we thought the car was in it’s best shape in years and we might get some money for it. Enter the car inspection.
In Manitoba, most used car buyers want a car to have a valid safety inspection, so for a minimal cost, to help sell you car, you go get one from an approved shop. It’s a government-regulated inspection, so all shops should inspect for the same criteria. We took our car to Canadian Tire for the inspection, figuring there may be some minor items, but they basically threw the book at us. Everything seemed to be out of spec, and the brakes, they claimed, were “dangerously low”. They even recommended my wife not drive home on those brakes and that she fix them on the spot. Good thing she’s smart and decided not to do the $2300 worth of work they were suggesting!
I decided to check the brakes, since I had just checked them earlier in the spring. Well, they weren’t even close to the wear that Canadian Tire had claimed, and were more than double the pad thickness they wrote on the inspection! So, I wondered what else they were fibbing on. I requested an audit with the government insurance company and they did their own inspection of the car. The only item that showed up: a leaky steering rack. Around a $700 fix, if you buy new parts. The brakes, they said, were low but not below standard, and the other items on the list: a non-issue. Thanks Canadian Tire!
It was apparent that I would be at least replacing the steering rack to get this car sales-worthy. So this is what I set out to do next.