If you live in North Carolina, there are certain state inspections NC requires you to have for your vehicle. This is to ensure that your car is safe to drive. Additionally, it protects other motorists on the road. At Kernersville Auto Center, we can help with your state inspections. Here’s what you need to know.
General State Inspections NC Requirements
In North Carolina, your vehicle must pass inspection every year. There are two parts of this inspection: the safety inspection and the emissions inspection. During the process, our licensed mechanics will qualify your car so you can safely (and legally) continue to drive an inspected vehicle.
The safety inspection covers a car’s headlights and accessory lights, brakes, signals, steering, windshield wipers, and windows. All vehicles less than 35 years old must pass this inspection. The cost is just $13.50 for the safety inspection unless you have tinted windows. In this case, the tinted window check is an additional $10. The tint inspection checks for the darkness to ensure it meets the inspected requirements set by the state.
Keep in mind that the safety inspection is not the same as the emissions inspection. The state requires an emissions inspection in 22 North Carolina counties, including Forsyth where Kernersville is located. Additionally, emissions inspections are mandatory in the neighboring counties of Guilford, Davidson, and Rockingham. Emissions tests cost $30, which is a fee set by the state.
Our Vehicle Maintenance Services
Although state inspections check the basics, we have maintenance services that go beyond that requirement to keep your vehicle in good condition. With state inspections NC residents can ensure their vehicle is legal. However, regular maintenance prevents huge problems down the road. Keep in mind that these services also help ensure that you easily pass state inspections in the future.
Once our mechanics inspect your car or truck, have them do a tune-up as well. Here are some common preventative services we provide:
- Oil changes
- Fluid checks
- Brake service
- Transmission service
We can also help if your check engine is on and you aren’t sure what the problem might be. In some cases, a check engine light does not mean you can’t pass inspection. It depends on the problem. However, in most cases, the check engine light does mean that something is wrong with your car. If you don’t take care of it, you are putting your safety at risk. Beware of any mechanic offering to turn the light off so you can get that inspected sticker.
Keep in mind that if your vehicle does fail inspection due to a check engine light problem, you have options. After you fix your car, the retest for inspection is free if you return to the original inspection station within 60 days.
Learn more about our maintenance and repair services here.
What Our Customers are Saying
Here at Kernersville Auto Center, we take pride in providing top-quality services for our customers. Here’s what some of our past customers have had to say about us:
“My experience was absolutely awesome. They are the best. Friendly, courteous and fast. That is all that you can ask for.” – Rick Maynard
“These guys are great. One of the only mechanics I trust to look at my car if anything goes wrong. Never had an issue with their oil change, and they were able to patch a punctured tire for cheap.” – Doomie Grunt
“Always top-notch service, they know the names of all their customers and treat your vehicle as if it’s their own. Their new car wash is amazing!” – Lathan Durner
You can check out more real customer testimonials here. We’ve been in operation for over two decades and will continue providing quality service to Kernersville and the surrounding area.
Make an appointment today for any of our services. Click here to contact the Kernersville Auto Center team. Our ASE-certified mechanics explain every step they take in caring for your vehicle. We are proud of our customer service and treat every customer like family. Feel free to visit whenever you have an issue with your vehicle. Or, give us a call at 336-993-7697.