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Dreaded Annual Inspection #4621925
01/02/18 04:01 PM
01/02/18 04:01 PM
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VA
maverickfhs Offline OP
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VA
So got my car annual safety inspection done today. Wasn't aware of any known or visible issues and thankfully passed.

Am I the only one who dreads it? Because it all depends on the mood of the inspector and sometimes they just come up with really random/crazy/minor stuff.

Also, I think VA/PA and probably NC inspections are fairly strict.

Have any similar story to share? smile


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Re: Dreaded Annual Inspection [Re: maverickfhs] #4621928
01/02/18 04:06 PM
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Fairfax, VA
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Not since I moved to VA. I found a gas station where they do them in 5 minutes, don't open the hood, and don't even take a wheel off. Just turn on the lights and pass you.


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Re: Dreaded Annual Inspection [Re: TinyVoices] #4621933
01/02/18 04:09 PM
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VA
maverickfhs Offline OP
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VA
Originally Posted By: TinyVoices
Not since I moved to VA. I found a gas station where they do them in 5 minutes, don't open the hood, and don't even take a wheel off. Just turn on the lights and pass you.


I'll PM you smile

I hate this, because sometimes they remove the wheel and then put it back with gun and no torque wrench, removing that wheel is a pain!

Also, I don't trust them touching the vehicle, but I have no choice. I don't mind if they do in front of me, but usually in winter they keep garage door down!

During summer, it's fine smile


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Re: Dreaded Annual Inspection [Re: maverickfhs] #4621934
01/02/18 04:10 PM
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The Midwest
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I wish they did annual inspections in Ohio to get some of the junk fixed or off the road.


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Re: Dreaded Annual Inspection [Re: skyactiv] #4621935
01/02/18 04:12 PM
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VA
maverickfhs Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: skyactiv
I wish they did annual inspections in Ohio to get some of the junk fixed or off the road.


Believe it or not, you still see many of them around here too...


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Re: Dreaded Annual Inspection [Re: maverickfhs] #4621938
01/02/18 04:15 PM
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One Step Beyond
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One Month before my Inspection, I check every thing over.

Now, (to keep the Police from pulling me over),,, every 3 Months I check any visual items that would catch their eye.
* Directionals
* Brake Lights
* Backup Lights
* License Plate Lights

I get my vehicle Inspected at an Indy Shop so that if it failed Inspection, one option is to let them fix it.
In 15 years, I only needed a Brake Light replaced during inspection.

Last edited by MasterSolenoid; 01/02/18 04:20 PM.

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Re: Dreaded Annual Inspection [Re: MasterSolenoid] #4621943
01/02/18 04:24 PM
01/02/18 04:24 PM
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VA
maverickfhs Offline OP
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VA
Originally Posted By: MasterSolenoid
One Month before my Inspection, I check every thing over.

Now, (to keep the Police from pulling me over),,, every 3 Months I check any visual items that would catch their eye.
* Directionals
* Brake Lights
* Backup Lights
* License Plate Lights

I get my vehicle Inspected at an Indy Shop so that if it failed Inspection, one option is to let them fix it.
In 15 years, I only needed a Brake Light replaced during inspection.


Yes, I did check all lights and everything 2 times before going for it. Also, ensured everything visible is working good.


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Re: Dreaded Annual Inspection [Re: maverickfhs] #4621947
01/02/18 04:29 PM
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S California
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Because of California's special official status starting in 2018, we're going to see more rolling wrecks on our potholed roads.

Re: Dreaded Annual Inspection [Re: maverickfhs] #4621955
01/02/18 04:38 PM
01/02/18 04:38 PM
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DFW
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DFW
Yeah, I don't like paying for it but then I remember that it keeps dangerous vehicles off the road..

Inspectors in Germany were the worst, they failed my brand new car. The inspector said my tie rod was bad.

When I went back to the dealership, the head mechanic looked at me puzzled.

Then he asked, "Who inspected your car? I will have a word with them."

I responded with the guys name. The mechanic said, "Oh him.. He fails everyone the first time they see him."

I had my brand new tie rod replaced.

Mechanic checked it and said it was perfect.. He had to replace it anyway..

Came back to the inspector the next day. He didn't even check it and signed me off..

..Germans smirk ..


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Re: Dreaded Annual Inspection [Re: maverickfhs] #4621963
01/02/18 04:46 PM
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Orlando, FL
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Orlando, FL
Luckily no inspections or smog testing down here.

Re: Dreaded Annual Inspection [Re: maverickfhs] #4621972
01/02/18 04:55 PM
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Chicago, IL
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Chicago, IL
No annual inspections here either. I wonder what the efficacy is of mandated annual inspections, surely there is a tax funded study out there...

Edit, Found one! http://www.dot7.state.pa.us/BPR_PDF_FILE...fectiveness.pdf


Quote:
5.1 PROJECT FINDINGS
Based on the analysis presented in the preceding sections, it is confirmed that
Pennsylvania’s Vehicle Safety Inspection Program is an effective program that
reduces fatal crashes and saves lives in Pennsylvania. Although not addressed
through the available data, this benefit would also extend to a reduction in all
crashes which could be attributed to vehicle failure, and thereby a reduction in
serious injuries and property damage resulting from vehicle crashes.
The specific benefit to the citizens of Pennsylvania varies depending on the specific
model selected from Section 4.2. But, revisiting the hypotheses in
Section 4.1, we can make the following assertions:

Nationally, vehicle safety inspection programs appear to be a significant factor
in lowering fatal crashes;

Based on the model results, Pennsylvania can be expected to have between
115 and 169 fewer fatal crashes each year, corresponding to between 127 and
187 fewer fatalities each year, than it would if it did not have a vehicle safety
inspection program. (The range of fewer fatalities exceeds the range of fewer
crashes due to the presence of crashes with multiple fatalities);

The largest difference in reported vehicle failures at the scene of fatal crashes
is for vehicles of three years of age or more; and

The combination of state-level and county-level analysis of fatality data provide
consistent and complementary results.

The results of the research clearly demonstrate that the Vehicle Safety
Inspection program in Pennsylvania is effective and saves lives.

Last edited by EdwardC; 01/02/18 05:02 PM.
Re: Dreaded Annual Inspection [Re: maverickfhs] #4621978
01/02/18 05:02 PM
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I went into my inspection this year with no worries at all and was shocked to be told I needed brakes on all 4 wheels.
I suspected a scam and was amazed when I checked my records and found that I had made nearly 75kmiles with no brake work!
The inspecting shop actually gave a me a pretty good quote for the work and I had it done there in the end. One could probably argue that it was likely I only NEEDED front brakes, but I would have had them all done, anyway.


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Re: Dreaded Annual Inspection [Re: maverickfhs] #4621989
01/02/18 05:13 PM
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BerksCounty/Pa.
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Berks County/Pa. is pretty critical when it comes to passing inspections annually. We also have an annual emissions inspection here also. My truck needed new rotors in the front & my garage actually gave me a heads up last year. For safety reasons alone I like that my state has annual inspections. Through the years I have seen many many bald & I mean bald tires on cars/trucks from Ohio in my parts.


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Re: Dreaded Annual Inspection [Re: maverickfhs] #4621991
01/02/18 05:15 PM
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Originally Posted By: maverickfhs
Originally Posted By: TinyVoices
Not since I moved to VA. I found a gas station where they do them in 5 minutes, don't open the hood, and don't even take a wheel off. Just turn on the lights and pass you.


I'll PM you smile

I hate this, because sometimes they remove the wheel and then put it back with gun and no torque wrench, removing that wheel is a pain!

Also, I don't trust them touching the vehicle, but I have no choice. I don't mind if they do in front of me, but usually in winter they keep garage door down!

During summer, it's fine smile


I think in my state they're supposed to check the ball joints, steering and suspension also which would probably require them to remove the wheels. No one really does it though. I think they said that to check all the things they're supposed to do in an inspection, it should take 45 minutes, but most stations just blast through it in 5 minutes. Takes more time to scrape the sticker off and put the new one on than the actual inspection.

Re: Dreaded Annual Inspection [Re: maverickfhs] #4621993
01/02/18 05:17 PM
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Upstate NY
Donald Offline
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I take it to a shop that does work on my vehicles. They know my vehicles are in good shape and slap on a sticker.


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