Since 1932, The state of Virginia has had mandatory vehicle inspections on their law books. Up until the early 1980’s, the State actually require vehicle inspections to be done twice a year. Now, every car must be checked for mechanical safety and reliability at a location certified by the state annually. So before you go down to your local inspection station, it’s a good idea to make sure your vehicle is up to scratch.
But what should you check for? What kinds of things will make you fail inspection and keep your car off the road until they’re fixed? Here’s a list of 7 things to get in order so that you can stay on the road.
You have to be able to see when driving at night, and other vehicles need to know when you’re stopping, turning or backing up. Make sure all of your lights are working and bright. Check your headlights, high beams, front and rear turn signals, brake lights, and backup lights.
Glass surfaces must be clear and free of crack and large chips. This is especially important in your front windshield. You can have chips and cracks filled and repaired if possible, but if they run to deep you may have to replace the glass.
Your mirrors should be clear, not cracked or chipped, and securely attached to the body of the car.
The inspector is going to take a walk around of your vehicle and make sure that everything is on the up and up. So if you’re holding your car together with duct tape and fencing wire you’re not going to pass inspection.
Tires should be wearing evenly and have substantial tread depth. Check for uneven wear patterns and either rotate the tires or correct alignment as necessary. The tire must also not have leaks of any kind
Brakes wear at different intervals depending on the driver, however, there should be sufficient materials still on the brake pads to cause stoppage on the car. There should also be enough hydraulic power in the car to effectively operate the brakes and stop the car.
This is generally where the inspector starts there inspection. They will get in and make sure that your steering column and seats are secure and not unsafely broken. From there, the inspector will start to listen for noises when they start the car and start flicking switches. Make sure that your switches work and aren’t home rigged to do something they weren’t intended to do.
There are some other things you can keep up with to pass your inspection, but these 7 items represent the majority of reasons people fail inspections. If you come down to Dulles Kia in Leesburg Virginia, their licensed pro’s can help you make sure you pass the first time.