My van’s inspection is due next month. Going for an inspection (for me) is like trying to pass a test that I have not studied for. I will simply pull into a service station, pay my $40, then watch as the technician performs a series of tests, while I wonder what exactly it is he’s looking for.
But I did a little research and now have a list of what a car inspection includes. You can expect the inspection to last about 15 minutes, but could be longer, depending on the location. During an inspection, they will check your:
- Seat belts (in the front seat)
- Windshield wipers
- Rear view and side mirrors
- Right and left turn signals
- Brake system
- Wheel assembly
- Exhaust system
- Exhaust emission system (beginning with models older than 1968)
- Beam indicators (beginning with 1948 models)
- Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
- Head and tail lamps
- Rear lights
- Gas caps
- Window tinting
You will need your proof of insurance, a photo ID and possible proof of registration when you arrive, so be prepared.
When I was speaking to the technician, I found out the most common reason for a “fail” is due to either burnt bulbs, broken wipers or under-inflated tires… so make sure you check those before heading in! (Or you’ll have to go twice, and who has time for that?)
*This list may vary from state to state.
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