Your State Car Inspection: What to Expect

Some days it just hits you: you’re driving along, enjoying the day and thinking about things you’re going to accomplish, and you notice that state inspection sticker on your windshield. You read the backward numbers and realize you’re due to bring in your car for inspection. Yes, it’s not exactly the most fun thing to do – depending on how it works in your state, you may need to make an appointment to have it done. Or else, you’re waiting in line at a service station with hundreds of other car owners also due. Either way, it’s time away from your life that you don’t get back, but without your car inspected and given the green light for another year you won’t get to do much anyway.

When it’s time to bring in your car, there are steps to take to make the process happen more smoothly. It is important to have all the right paperwork – namely your proof of automobile insurance – on hand. State law requires you have insurance, and if you have no proof at inspection time you may not get inspected that day.

Before you take in the car, do a quick check yourself for what the inspectors will look for. This way, if you need to make any fixes, you can take care of it before an inspection causes any delays in you getting that sticker.

Have a friend assist you in checking all the outside lights – turn lights, headlights, and especially the brake lights. These are not difficult to replace if you find one has burnt out. Check to see that all fluids are sufficiently topped off, and check the wiper blades on the front and back. These little things help maintain the safety features of your car, and your inspection should confirm that everything is in good working order.

When you get to the garage, the inspectors will check for other issues to determine whether or not your car is functioning at optimal levels. They will check your tires and exhaust system, and any tint on your windows. Yes, there is an acceptable level of tinting allowed on car windows, and if your tint is too dark it will count against you.

Inspections are made on cars around the country to ensure overall vehicular safety. Part of staying safe on the roads is having a car that meets these standards. Take care of your car and you should not have any problems.

Kathryn Lively is a freelance writer specializing in articles on Virginia Beach automotive services and Norfolk automotive repairs.