If you plan to no longer use your vehicle, you have two options: you can place it in storage, or you can discard it. There is a big difference between the two procedures, but as you will see, it is quite easy to understand.

A vehicle is stored if its owner plans on re-using it again sometime. Discarding a vehicle, on the other hand, is a permanent procedure, and usually means that the vehicle will not be put back on the road.

If you want to store your vehicle:

  • You must notify the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) of your intention to do so. You can use the online storage service on the SAAQ website or visit any CAA-Quebec vehicle registration centre. The centres offer convenient business hours, and several are even open on Saturdays.
  • Make sure that you keep the most recent registration certificate for the vehicle in question; you will need it when you decide to return it to the road.
  • You must leave the licence plate on the vehicle.
  • If the storage period does not exceed one year less a day, you may return the vehicle to road use without having to produce a certificate of mechanical inspection. You must, however, provide prior notice to the SAAQ that you are taking the vehicle out of storage.
  • You will be reimbursed for the unused portion of your registration, if applicable.

Note that no reimbursement is given in the case of a motorcycle that is put into storage after September 30.

Click here for detailed information on how to properly prepare your vehicle for storage.

If you want to discard your vehicle:

  • You must notify the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) of your intention to do so. You can use the online vehicle discarding service on the SAAQ website or visit any CAA-Quebec vehicle registration centre. The centres offer convenient business hours, and several are even open on Saturdays. You will be reimbursed for the unused portion of your registration, if applicable. 
  • After the transaction is complete, you must remove the licence plate from the vehicle.
  • You must keep the new registration certificate, marked “Mise au rancart” (“vehicle discarded”), which you will receive once the transaction is complete. This document is your proof that you have discarded the vehicle.

If you want to return a discarded vehicle to road use, it must pass a mechanical inspection, which you must pay for and which must be conducted in an SAAQ-accredited garage. Some of CAA-Quebec vehicle inspection Centres are SAAQ-accredited.


Questions on this or any other automotive question?

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