The VSA's glossary of terms
An inspection done by a motor dealer or mechanic indicating their opinion that a vehicle does or does not meet minimum safety requirements. Not all safety inspections meet the same standards or test the same things as the Private Vehicle Inspection or PVI. A vehicle that passes a safety inspection may or may not pass a Private Vehicle Inspection.
A legal document prepared by a seller (dealer) to a buyer (consumer), reporting that on a specific date, at a specific locality, and for a particular sum of money and/or trade, the seller sold to the buyer a specific vehicle of which he had lawful possession. It is a written instrument which evidences the transfer of title to personal property from the seller to the buyer.
An advertisement placed by a salesperson regardless of who pays for the advertisement.
A vehicle that has been written off as a "total loss" by an insurance company, is unsafe to drive, but is repairable and can be driven after re-inspection.
Money collected at delivery for security on a lease. It is usually refunded at the end of the lease or applied against the buy-out amount.
Usually the Vehicle Identification Number or VIN, but for some vehicles, such as recreational vehicles, there may be an additional unique number for identification purposes.
A unique number assigned to an individual vehicle in a dealer inventory.
|Structural Integrity Assessment||
A structural integrity assessment (SIA) is the second of two tests required for a rebuilt vehicle to pass in order to be deemed roadworthy and insurable in British Columbia. A rebuilt vehicle must also pass the Private Vehicle Inspection (PVI). The SIA tests a vehicle’s frame, alignment and other structural safety components (ie. doors and welds) to ensure its structure meets the performance requirements originally set by the manufacturer. A rebuilt vehicle’s rust protection is also assessed to ensure it meets the manufacture’s specifications.
|Structural Integrity Assessment Report||
The report of a designated Structural Integrity Assessment (SIA) inspection facility indicating a vehicle has or has not passed an SIA.
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