State inspections? Why didn't I know about this?

posted 4 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
9149 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@Ninteenthchance:  Jesus!  I am so glad they got rid of inspections here in Florida years ago.  I remember getting my first car inspected when I was 16 but the law was tossed and inspections were stopped not long after that.  Our inspections were only for emissions though, not for general repair (or disrepair) of the car.

Post # 4
9697 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@Ninteenthchance:  Cars are money pits. Hate them.

We do emissions tests in Canada, which sounds similar to state inspections. We have to do it every…I want to say 2 years but I could be wrong. When I go to renew my sticker, they tell me whether or not I need an e-test. It is so annoying and just another cash grab (like most things the government charges me for).

Post # 5
3521 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@Ninteenthchance:  Same thing happened to me when I moved to VA from FL!  It’s crazy, isn’t it?  If you don’t pass inspection, you’ve technically got 30 days to fix the problems and you get a white sticker instead of the yellow one.  Don’t forget, you also have to do emissions testing in some of the counties in VA. 

Post # 6
839 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Ninteenthchance:  The reverse happened to me. I moved from VA (lived there my whole life) to CT, and I just assumed that all states required annual inspections. So I had people looking at me like I was nuts when I asked about it. 

Post # 7
709 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

OMG you are lucky! My SO got a car from his dad (it was his second car, so he didn’t use it often) when we were in college. About a week after he got it, he was driving me home from work and we were pulled over. We had been in traffic, so we were confused, as we weren’t speeding or anything. It turns out that his father hadn’t registered the car FOR THREE YEARS (despite driving it almost every weekend) and we had no idea. 

Unlike the nice cop who pulled you over, the police officer we dealt with ARRESTED MY BOYFRIEND. Even though we had NO idea that the car wasn’t registered (I mean, we assumed that a FATHER wouldn’t give his son car that was illegal..silly us). SO spent like 6 hours in the DC jail on a Friday night. Obviously, the charges were never pursued as it was an absolutely RIDICULOUS reaction (I mean, c’mon, couldn’t you have just towed the car and given us a ticket?). 

So, count yourself lucky! It definitely taught me a lesson – I will never ever again let the registration lapse on a car. 

Post # 8
12262 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

There are magical states with no inspections?!

I have ALWAYS lived in inspection states… And they’re AWFUL. Mechanics are CONSTANTLY  finding super expensive problems that my Dad (also a mechanic!) sighs and shakes his head at. (Generally not real problems).

Post # 10
709 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@MrsLongcoatPeacoat:  That’s why we got pulled over – we were in DC where they do have the stickers and ours was waaay old. BUT, in CT (where SO is from and the car was registered), they stopped using those stickers back in like ’06, so even if the car WAS registered properly, there wouldn’t have been a corresponding sticker on the license plate. Which is how his dad got away with driving an unregistered car for 3+ years.

Post # 11
521 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@BrandNewBride:  I didn’t know inspections weren’t standard everywhere, either!  North Carolina is NOT one of those magical states!

Post # 12
1375 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

You have to get emissions testing in Oregon before you can renew your tags. If you don’t pass, you can’t renew your tags.

Post # 13
3200 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Ninteenthchance:  i may or may not study state inspection requirements as part of my job, haha

nearly every state has some sort of inspection requirement, but VA is particularly strict. that’s why i still haven’t switched my tags! haha

Post # 14
5561 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

I didnt know states didnt have inspections either! We do them every year. 

Post # 15
1011 posts
Bumble bee

@Ninteenthchance:  Ugh, I hear ya, I’ve had cars not pass until repairs were done. It’s a pain. I am a licensed (PA) State Inspection mechanic (though I don’t do it anymore) and they will find any excuse to tell you something is wrong with your car because they work on comission mostly.

Going “by the book” it is actually pretty difficult to FAIL a car. So they’ll make “suggestions” to you for getting a repair because it’s “close” to failing. It’s a crock. And parts aren’t all that expensive but what they charge for labor is! The place I worked charged $75 per hour of labor, but I definitely didn’t get paid that much!

Post # 16
475 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Neither Colorado or my county requires inspections to register a vehicle.  WOOT!

EXCEPTION: If the vehicle was titled/purchased out-of-state, all it needs is a VIN inspection – an authorized dealer must complete paperwork verifying that the VIN checks out.  Also, some counties within Colorado require emissions inspection, but mine doesn’t (it used to).

My DH moved from VA a few years ago, and I thought those inspection stickers were HUGE and OBNOXIOUS on his windshield!

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