North Carolina Inspection in Raleigh, NC

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What’s Included in a North Carolina Inspection?

One of the most important checklist items that must be completed on an annual basis is your North Carolina inspection. When it’s time to renew your vehicle’s registration, the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles will send you a reminder card in the mail. At this time, you must complete an inspection prior to paying your renewal fees and receiving a new registration sticker.

As required by the state of North Carolina, all registered vehicles must undergo a mandated two part inspection that ensures the vehicle is operating properly and safely. The first part of the inspection will include items like the steering wheel, brakes, headlights, parking brake, windshield wipers, turn signals and more. If any items are found to not be working or working incorrectly, they must be fixed before the vehicle can pass inspection.

Emissions Testing & Repair Service

The second part of the inspection focuses on the on-board diagnostic emissions inspection. This test is performed using a standard system installed on all vehicles manufactured after 1995, with the exception of vehicles less than 3 years old that have less than 70,000 on the odometer. The emissions test determines the amount of emission produced by a car, and then lets the mechanic know if the car passed or failed the test. Vehicles who fail the emissions test must have the necessary repairs made as soon as possible. Those who pass the test will have a certificate confirming the results electronically sent to the DMV immediately.

How Do I Know if I Need an Inspection?

In most cases, if you received a notice from the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, you’ll need to bring your car or truck in for inspection. If, for some reason, you did not receive a renewal reminder but you know your registration expires soon, bring your vehicle into the shop and the technicians will let you know if it’s time to get the inspection completed.

How Much Does the North Carolina Inspection Cost?

The cost of the inspection is much lower than other mechanic shops. In many cases, the price is determined by the type of vehicle that needs to be tested, especially for larger vehicles or vehicles who might produce some problems during the inspections process.