If by some miracle the vehicle owner manages to source and replace all parts as stipulated by Table 9-1-1, the certification checks will entail the following:
Water Damage Repair Certification Guidelines (As of March 24, 2023)
Note: Information presented is accurate as of March 24, 2023, and may be subject to change.
Within the Vehicle Inspection Portal, under VIRMs > Light vehicle repair certification > General repairs > Water damage, the following criteria apply to the inspection and certification process for water-damaged vehicles.
Reasons for Rejection:
- A safety-related component, part, or system must be inspected and replaced as outlined in Table 9-1-1.
- Body panels should undergo thorough water contamination removal, with cavities treated to restore the vehicle’s corrosion protection.
- Failure to document evidence of water damage during vehicle inspection.
- Inadequate treatment of the vehicle as fully immersed in water contaminated with silt and/or corrosive salts.
- Presence of water contamination or residue on a body panel or structure.
- Corrosion protection must be restored to OE specifications.
- Non-compliance with the manufacturer’s repair procedures for replacement parts, components, or systems.
- Any item retained from Table 9-1-1’s far right-hand column must be certified within safe tolerance by the manufacturer or an approved agent.
- The repair certifier must retain documented proof of all replacement components within the vehicle file.
- Components not designed for stripping must be replaced.
- Retained components requiring inspection must be recorded by the repair certifier with the vehicle file.
- If water damage is noted at any stage, and the vehicle is not recorded as such in Landata, the repair certifier must contact the Transport Agency.
- A specialist repair certifier must submit an LT308 indicating water damage assessment adherence to the VIRM: Light vehicle repair certification. Files related to water damage assessments will be audited during normal performance reviews.
- As per Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Standards Compliance 2002, water damage is defined as damage to a vehicle’s critical safety system resulting from exposure to water.