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Every year you have to get your car inspected and many of us dread the process because we fear the mechanic will say your vehicle won't pass without expensive repairs.
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Billy

Richmond, VA

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#21
May 18, 2010
 
Did anyone notice that anytime you see a show about mechanics it always points out the bad things, and how people are always getting ripped off. The same applies to plumbers, electricians, hvac techs, etc. Most of these people are well trained, honest, hard working people. There are far more honest technicians then bad. Ever heard you get what you pay for? Why don't you question your Dr. or stock broker for charging super high rates. Most Dr. have less money invested and less equipment costs then an auto mechanic with the same number of years experience. damn stock brokers are the biggest crooks ever, paid if you make or lose money.
not a demorat

Cartersville, VA

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#22
May 18, 2010
 
without state inspections, could you imagine some of the junk the hood rats would be running up and down the roads????????
nothead would be sporting around around in the rusted out smoking 1975 cadillac eldorado with no brakes, no insurance, oversized rims, loud stereo and all the illegitimate chidlens pilled in without seatbelts waiting to get in an accident to sue the responsible insured driver.
not a teahead

Richmond, VA

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May 18, 2010
 
not a demorat wrote:
without state inspections, could you imagine some of the junk the hood rats would be running up and down the roads????????
nothead would be sporting around around in the rusted out smoking 1975 cadillac eldorado with no brakes, no insurance, oversized rims, loud stereo and all the illegitimate chidlens pilled in without seatbelts waiting to get in an accident to sue the responsible insured driver.
You've been hanging around jeff-davis corridor too much. Buy your meat some where else.

Since: Feb 10

Richmond, VA

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May 19, 2010
 
not a demorat wrote:
without state inspections, could you imagine some of the junk the hood rats would be running up and down the roads????????
nothead would be sporting around around in the rusted out smoking 1975 cadillac eldorado with no brakes, no insurance, oversized rims, loud stereo and all the illegitimate chidlens pilled in without seatbelts waiting to get in an accident to sue the responsible insured driver.
Thats why nothead only has a scooter. No inspection or insurance required.
Bobby

Winston Salem, NC

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#25
May 19, 2010
 
The state inspector certification process is a very demanding procedure. The technician must do 2 tests, one is with a trooper grading him and one written.That is not even mentioning the background investigation and credit check of the inspector. The virginia state inspection manual is 300 pages thick, and an inspector must know tolerances and specs not only on cars, but trailers, busses and motorcycles. There are some bad apples out there, but for me (being an inspector) and the dealer facility that I run, proper inspections are a must, and the inspector is responsible for any issues that he does not see!
not a teahead

Richmond, VA

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May 19, 2010
 
va_tazdad wrote:
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Thats why nothead only has a scooter. No inspection or insurance required.
I even park it in my cardboard garage.

Since: Feb 10

Richmond, VA

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May 19, 2010
 
not a teahead wrote:
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I even park it in my cardboard garage.
Careful nothead, the City will up your taxes (that you don't pay) for the additional room.
Courtney

Virginia Beach, VA

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Jun 22, 2010
 
Story is a bit minor for me. I'm a hard working young girl and know how to do a lot of minor maintainence on my car. When I got my state inspection, they told me it was my brake lights that needed to be changed. I told them to fail me because I can change them myself, and instead, they went through with the repairs. When I went to pick up my car, they charged me $50 for something they not only did without my authorization but something that took them less than fifteen minutes. They then refused to give me my car until I paid, instead of just removing the bulbs.

Since: Feb 10

Midlothian, VA

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Jun 22, 2010
 
Courtney wrote:
Story is a bit minor for me. I'm a hard working young girl and know how to do a lot of minor maintainence on my car. When I got my state inspection, they told me it was my brake lights that needed to be changed. I told them to fail me because I can change them myself, and instead, they went through with the repairs. When I went to pick up my car, they charged me $50 for something they not only did without my authorization but something that took them less than fifteen minutes. They then refused to give me my car until I paid, instead of just removing the bulbs.
Contact the state police. They love rip off places like this. Where did it happen?
Aaron

Hopewell, VA

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#31
Jul 3, 2010
 
Just to re-post it since it has been asked a lot in here and if someone reads back into this, the place that I am talking about in my previous posts is City Point Garage in Hopewell. They do very good work, they are honest, and really the prices that they charge you feel like you are ripping THEM off. I normally leave them a tip because I feel guilty for paying so little. Both David (the older gentleman) and his son Matt are great. David works a lot on the older stuff while Matt does more of the newer stuff (computer type stuff, David will work on the mechanical parts of the newer cars.) Another thing that they do is that they stand behind their work 100%.
Jacques

Newtown, CT

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Jul 3, 2010
 

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RelicsOnTheShelf

Bryn Mawr, PA

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#34
Mar 28, 2013
 
Mechanics with politicians in their pocket still have been able to keep the state car inspection in Pennsylvania.

Mandated trips to the mechanic does lead to un-necessary and expensive repairs. And it takes away from many a mechanic doing serious repair or gaining experience to learn serious car repair because they spend so much time on a frivilous checklists instead of developing their skills.

After living in several states the mechanics with better skills and more ambition to do serious engine repair are in states without car inspections.

Car inspections rarely save lives. In most states speed, drunks and distracted drivers cause accidents, no burnt out bulbs or a tire that didn't pass a designated measurement. Pa wants your license plate lit-wtf does that have to do with safety.
Upset Virginian

Rostov-on-don, Russia

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Feb 6, 2014
 
Does anyone know if there is a formal process to report fraudulent inspection sites? We recently failed inspection at a station in Northern VA for due to shocks "needing to be replaced". Knowing that was crap we went to a mechanic we have had good experiences with, he looked at the shocks and said there was nothing wrong with them. He also said he has been seeing that more and more. Since these are State Certified inspection sites, there has to be a way to file a complaint. If enough complaints are filed on the same location, they should loose their license. It would be one way to keep the system a little more honest.
do it

Richmond, VA

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Feb 6, 2014
 
Upset Virginian wrote:
Does anyone know if there is a formal process to report fraudulent inspection sites? We recently failed inspection at a station in Northern VA for due to shocks "needing to be replaced". Knowing that was crap we went to a mechanic we have had good experiences with, he looked at the shocks and said there was nothing wrong with them. He also said he has been seeing that more and more. Since these are State Certified inspection sites, there has to be a way to file a complaint. If enough complaints are filed on the same location, they should loose their license. It would be one way to keep the system a little more honest.
Make a complaint with the VA State Police....they regulate all inspections station

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