To get the van road-ready for British Columbia you have to change a few parts at first and then get it inspected by an authorized person. Without this letter you won’t be able to insure your imported car in this province.
- Headlights must have DOT marks on them which includes also a change of the lens-pattern so you wont blind anybody on right-side traffic environment.
- It is also required to have a DRL (Daytime Running Lamp) module installed to have automatically the headlights on once you turn the engine on. We decided against installing it, because quite a few people having problems with them. Mostly because the high voltage of the modern light bulbs damage the old light switch on your dashboard. A friend build us a custom module which draws all the needed power directly from the battery and not through the weak switch. Price: $0, Help: Priceless
- Side reflectors are required as well, which is quite easy to fix. Went to Canadian Tire and bought four stick on reflectors. Two orange for the front, two red for the back. Price: $10
- Tires are – beside the headlights – the most important part. Most of the imported Delicas don’t have any DOT marked or weight rated tires, which is required in British Columbia. We wanted to change to bigger tires anyway, so it was not an issue anyway. More about our tire choice later in a separate post.
Thanks to the help of a few friends this work took just a few hours and the car is now ready for inspection.