Virginia Vehicle State Inspections: Are You Ready?

  • Jul 28, 2015
  • Resources & Tips

Some things in life are undeniable. Red means stop. Green means go. And if you happen to own a registered vehicle within the state of Virginia, you can add Virginia Vehicle State Inspections to that list, too.

For some people it’s a minor inconvenience; for others, it’s a source of major stress.

Let’s face it, nobody wants to get stuck with that dreaded rejection sticker. The staff here at Warrenton Auto Service don’t like giving those out, but sometimes it has to be done.

Generally speaking, if you maintain your vehicle with periodic checkups throughout the year, you shouldn’t have any problems. It’s always recommended that you stay atop of any required repairs as they become apparent. This will spare you a lot of headache and expense in the long run. A persistent problem with your vehicle’s performance will not go away on its own; it only gets worse.

Some of the things we are required to inspect the condition of include:

  • Brakes
  • Parking brake
  • Headlights
  • Additional lights
  • Signal device
  • Steering and suspension
  • Tires, wheels and rims
  • Mirrors
  • Horn
  • Windshield and glass
  • Windshield wiper and defroster
  • Exhaust system
  • Air pollution control system
  • Seat belts
  • Airbags
  • Doors
  • Fuel system
  • Floor pan

Ultimately, the purpose of the inspection is to ensure everyone’s safety. It is state regulated, therefore, it is the law.

Here’s a question: What’s worse than getting a rejection sticker on your windshield? Answer: Receiving a ticket from the Virginia State Police and a possible mark on your driving record if you don’t get it taken care of.

Lucky for you, there is no shortage of licensed inspection stations to choose from when it comes time to renew. This includes your friendly neighborhood auto repair center, Warrenton Auto Service. Each one of our mechanics is licensed to carry out these detailed inspections. We’re familiar with the process and always try to get you on your way in the shortest amount of time. As your trusted repair partner, you can always count on us to deliver an honest assessment of your vehicle’s performance.

We invite you to come in, grab a coffee and relax in our waiting room while we tend to your vehicle. You’ll drive away knowing your vehicle is trouble free. If you are returning within the allotted 15 days for a re-inspection—having received a rejection sticker the first time out—you will always be given preference and bumped up in the queue.

Barring any unforeseen repairs you’re obligated to make, inspections for cars and trucks will cost you $16. Any subsequent re-inspection costs a dollar.

When it comes to the maintenance of your vehicle, we suggest you take our advice: don’t wait until the last minute. We are typically bombarded with inspection requests at the end of every month. Postponing your annual inspection until the last day only guarantees you of a lengthy lineup.

If you have questions regarding the inspection process, or any other questions regarding car repair, feel free to give us a call.