It’s the law for your vehicle to pass an NC state inspection to be on the road legally. Don’t let this intimidate you…it’s a quick process when you know what to expect. Knowing all the facts and details can help make it easier for any driver.
When do I get an NC State Inspection
Your vehicle’s inspection is due the same month every year. The month you initially purchased your license plate will be the month it’s due. What is another way to remember when to get your car inspected? You can’t renew a vehicle’s registration until it passes both a safety and emission inspection. You will receive a reminder in the mail from the Department of Motor Vehicles showing the latest date that you can have the vehicle inspected.
How do I pass an NC State Inspection
There are two parts to the inspection process for most vehicles. Plus, you have to pay a small fee to have the inspection done.
Part I – Vehicle Safety Inspection – This inspection is to make sure your vehicle is operating safely. It checks headlights, accessory lights, directional signals, foot brake, parking brake, steering and windshield wipers. Vehicles 35 years old, or older are exempt from this part of the inspection.
Part II – On-Board Diagnostic Emissions Inspection – This test is to help the fight against ozone-forming emissions from gasoline-operated cars and some trucks. A vehicle’s on-board diagnostic (OBD) system plugs into the inspection station computer to check it. This works on computerized equipment installed on all new vehicles since 1996. There are a few vehicles exempt from this test: vehicles made in 1995 or older, diesel-operated vehicles and vehicles licensed under the farmer rate. Also, not all counties require this part of the inspection. Here is a list of NC counties that do require an emission inspection.
Where do I get an NC State Inspection
Havoline Xpress Lube of Kernersville is a certified state inspection center. They have a professionally trained team that can administer the inspections test on your vehicle. Additionally, they can answer simply and clearly any questions you may have about the tests.
If for some reason your vehicle does not pass the inspection tests, they can determine why. From there they can fix the problem right there and then complete the inspection after they make the repairs. Havoline Xpress Lube is a complete auto repair center with experienced, certified technicians. They use only top-quality parts and Havoline fluids.
Havoline Xpress Lube takes pride on being family friendly. Plus, they have a nice waiting area! It’s clean, with a lot of seats and room, and has a TV. So, when it’s time to get your vehicle’s NC state inspection done, head over to Havoline Xpress Lube of Kernersville.