Post # 1
I moved to VA a couple years ago from another state but I just recently switched my car tags over (5 months ago) I when I did this, no one informed me that I had to get a state inspection on my car so I literally had no idea!! Well, yesterday I got pulled over because I didn’t have the inspection sticker on my car and I told the officer that I literally had no idea about this! Luckily, he saw my sleeping child on the back seat and said that usually he’d write me a ticket but he thought I had better things to do then go to court so he let me off and told me to get an inspection right away. Being the law abiding citizen that I am, I went an hour later…only to find out that my car didn’t even pass the inspection!!!!!!! Here I am thinking that my car was in perfect condition for having 90k miles on it. So, I had to buy new tires, brakes, a tire rotation/adjustment and an oil change totaling a little over $800! FML. I guess it could have been worse…:anyone else not pass inspection recently? Why are car things so expensive?!
Post # 3
- 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
@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
@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
@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
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
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 # 9
@nber0815: Don’t you have little year stickers on your license plates?
Post # 10
@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
@BrandNewBride: I didn’t know inspections weren’t standard everywhere, either! North Carolina is NOT one of those magical states!
Post # 12
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
@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
I didnt know states didnt have inspections either! We do them every year.
Post # 15
@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
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 Darling Husband moved from VA a few years ago, and I thought those inspection stickers were HUGE and OBNOXIOUS on his windshield!