What You Need to Know About Your PA Inspection in Centre County, PA

What You Need to Know About Your PA Inspection in Centre County, PA

May 6, 2019

The state of Pennsylvania requires a specific state inspection of your vehicle. Fortunately, we are one of the service providers capable of providing that inspection for you.

One of these state inspections is performed by a licensed vehicle inspector who is certified for comparing your registration information against the VIN (vehicle information number) and other records associated with your vehicle. The technician will make a visual anti-tampering check to determine if any required emissions parts have either been removed or altered, and then will test some of the more important components of your vehicle, including horns, warning lights, windows, mirrors, suspension, steering, braking, fuel systems, windshield wipers, speedometer, seatbelts, tires, wheels and safety equipment.

Your PA inspection in Centre County, PA will also include a look at the body and chassis to find signs of rust or leaks, as well as anything else that could potentially put the driver in harm’s way.

You can expect this inspection to be fairly thorough. You won’t simply be getting “yes” or “no” remarks on the results—the systems in your vehicle will be tested for a wide range of quality and acceptability. If the vehicle is on the lower end of acceptability, it can be approved but still be given a caution to have service or repairs done on it in the near future.

What will the inspectors be looking for?

Before you bring your vehicle in for the inspection, it makes sense for you to get some sense of what the inspectors will be looking for so you can maximize your chances of passing the inspection. The majority of vehicles pass emissions tests and inspections, but it’s still a good idea to know what you’re in for when you take your vehicle in to be checked out.

Here are just a few examples of some items that might catch an inspector’s eye:

  • The check engine light being on, or not being operational, will result in the vehicle automatically failing the inspection.
  • Cracks in the windshield will draw special attention from inspectors. If the windshield is cracked on the driver’s side and the crack is large, the windshield must be replaced, as this is a clear safety hazard both for the driver and for anyone else who shares the roadway with them, as that driver’s visibility will be severely inhibited.
  • The inspector will check all exterior lights, including taillights, headlights and turn signals. These lights must all be fully operational, and if any bulbs have burned out, they must be replaced immediately before the driver can take the vehicle back out on the road.
  • The inspector will check all mirrors in much the same way that they check the windshield. The mirrors must not have any cracks in them. If they do, they must be replaced with uncracked mirrors (new or used is fine, as long as there are no cracks). Otherwise, this is a severe safety hazard, as the cracks could greatly inhibit the visibility in the mirrors and the driver’s ability to make safe driving decisions.

For more information about PA inspections in Centre County, PA and what is involved with them, contact the team at S & R Repairs Towing & Recovery Inc. today.

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