Don't forget that under the law you have 10 days to transfer the
ownership of the vehicle to your name...
This doesn't meen you have to have the vehicle certified and e-tested
within the 10 days, just the title transfered.
However, if you transfer the vehicle into your name now and then sit on
the car until January the license office can order you to take the
vehicle to an actual MTO inspection station for certification..
these inspection stations are run by the same guys who work with the
OPP on the 400 highway pulling unsafe vehicles (ohhh and they find
some good ones..) They will look at everything including some real
stupid items like fuel line clamp condition (and brake line clamps) as
well as making sure ALL the bulbs that are in or on the vehicle work.
yes this also includes the ashtray buld if the vehicle in question has
Your best bet and in the end cheapest route, is get a good garage to do
the safety now (believe its $70 or $80), take your vehicle into a good
drive clean shop for smog testing $30. (pick a shop that tests only, as
they have nothing to gain by your vehicle failing).
And then go transfer the vehicle...