Want to pass your state vehicle inspection the first time? Use this list as a pre-inspection checklist! These are the common, preventable reasons that drivers fail their state inspections. If you check these beforehand, you could save yourself the trouble and stress of failing and retesting.
Make Sure No Warning Lights Are On
If any dashboard lights are illuminated when your technicians inspect the vehicle, your car will fail. Be sure to handle warning lights — including the oil level light, check engine light, and tire pressure monitoring light — beforehand.
Check Your Car’s Lights
Any broken headlights, tail lights, or turning signals will cause your vehicle to fail inspection. Replacing a bulb is quick and easy and will save you the time of retesting.
Inspect the Tires
Are your tires wearing low? If the tread is below the minimum level, your vehicle will fail its inspection. We recommend swapping on a new set to restore your vehicle’s handling safety and guarantee your chances of passing inspection.
Get Brake Service
When was the last time you got your brakes serviced? If the brakes are not functioning their best, your car might not pass inspection. It’s a good idea to handle brake service as well as any other maintenance items before your test.
Get an Oil Change & Tune-Up
It’s not illegal to drive a car with dirty oil, but it’s a good idea to handle maintenance services before your inspection to prevent problems from occurring. Technicians will catch anything that needs repair and perform the fixes ahead of time. A clean engine in good working condition will run more efficiently, which can help with emissions tests.
Have you ever replaced your windshield wipers? Do they still do a good job of clearing the windshield in heavy rain and bad weather? Swapping out blades is quick and easy.
Schedule your next inspection at Chris Murphy’s Automotive in Dallas, Texas after completing these checks. It could save you from the stress and inconvenience of retesting! We can help you perform any repairs prior to your state inspection or correct any issues that may come up from inspection.