If your car is more than four years old it needs to be inspected every year. The inspection process is designed to ensure that your car is safe to drive on the roads. Here’s what you need to know about getting your car inspected:
What happens during an inspection?
During an inspection a certified mechanic will look at your car to make sure it meets the minimum safety requirements. They will check things like your brakes tires lights and mirrors. They will also make sure that your car’s VIN (vehicle identification number) is visible.
What do I need to do to prepare for an inspection?
You should make sure that your car is clean and in good working condition before you take it in for an inspection. This means checking things like your fluids belts and hoses. You should also make sure that your registration and proof of insurance are up to date.
What if my car doesn’t pass inspection?
If your car doesn’t pass inspection you’ll need to have it repaired and re-inspected. The good news is that most repairs are relatively minor and won’t cost you a lot of money. However if your car needs major repairs you may want to consider selling it or trading it in for a new one.
Will my car pass inspection?
There’s no way to guarantee that your car will pass inspection but following the tips above will help increase your chances. If you have any concerns about your car’s safety it’s always best to take it to a certified mechanic for a pre-inspection.
How often does a car need to be inspected?
Most states require an inspection once a year.
What do car inspections usually entail?
An inspection usually includes a check of the brakes lights and emissions.
Will my car definitely pass inspection if it is newer?
Newer cars are more likely to pass inspection but it is not guaranteed.
I just failed my car inspection.
What do I do?
You will need to get your car repairs and then schedule a re-inspection.
How much does it cost to get a car inspection?
Depending on the state it can cost between $0-$30.
What happens if I don’t get my car inspection?
If you don’t get your car inspection you may get pulled over and ticketed.
What do I need to bring to my car inspection?
You will need to bring your vehicle registration and proof of insurance.
Do I need an appointment for a car inspection?
No you do not need an appointment.
How long does a car inspection take?
Most car inspections only take a few minutes.
What if I have a problem with my car after the inspection?
If you have a problem with your car after the inspection you may need to take it back to the mechanic.
I think my car failed inspection but the mechanic didn’t tell me.
What should I do?
You can ask the mechanic for a copy of the inspection report.
The inspector said I need to get my car repaired before it can pass.
What does this mean?
This means that you will need to take your car to a mechanic to get it fixed.
I don’t think my car passed inspection but the mechanic said it did.
What should I do?
You can ask to see the inspection report and if there are any discrepancies you can ask to have your car re-inspected.
Is there a grace period for getting my car inspection?
Depending on the state there may be a grace period of a few weeks.
I’m out of state and my car inspection is coming up.
What do I do?
You will need to get your car inspected in the state that you are currently in.