state inspections: unecessary repairs, report an inspection station...

There are 39 comments on the WTVR story from May 17, 2010, titled state inspections: unecessary repairs, report an inspection station.... In it, WTVR reports that:

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

#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

#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

#23 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

#24 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

#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

#26 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

#27 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

#29 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

#30 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

#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

#32 Jul 3, 2010
Senator Webb is hime for the 4th. Ask him why he is blocking funds for sick and dying VETERANS.
RelicsOnTheShelf

Bryn Mawr, PA

#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

#35 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

#36 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
john doeb

Baltimore, MD

#37 Nov 10, 2014
I have had Tue very opposite effect. I bought a car from a used car dealer that has all of its cars Maryland inspected. Within the first 48 hours of owning the car, The transmission made a decent sound noise, started banging through gears (automatic 6 speed) and the drive shaft had an inner CV boot that has been broken leaking grease and collecting dirt for quite a while. According to Maryland's site, the car should have never passed with those prexisting conditions. This dealership is owned by a bunch of english lacking Russians. I wonder. Its highly illegal to pass a cat with severe safety issues such as the ones I've stated.
ms2real4you

Paterson, NJ

#38 Nov 10, 2014
Aaron wrote:
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That is exactly the place :)
lmao do ur homework
pd in virgina

Staunton, VA

#39 Jan 10, 2015
My medalleye put my floor pan waS bad and nobody wanted to fix my car when in fact it wasnt the floor pan at all they changed it because I called in Richmond and made a complaint now I'm dealing with the company that gave the police officer my home phone number and address my personal information I feel like this is Ludacris they stepped beyond my privacy policy as far as me being there customer and the police officers that they have in those districts that are over a state inspection need to be on one accord you can go into different districts and they will be looking for different things instead of The Bulletin chart that is sent when when they're doing your inspection nobody seems to be going by it they kind of left it up to the judgment of the police officer and I think Richmond needs to do something about this because all state inspections should be the same if there's not enough boxes for what they're checking then Richmond needs to change their box policy and put in everything that you're supposed to check for the consumer now I'm dealing with harassment of a police officer calling my phone every two days and I will be making a formal complaint to the BBB about the company the company name Automotive radiator and AC incorporated on Williamson Road in Roanoke Virginia 24012 they also passed my car tire which when I took it somewhere else didn't pass inspection because it was bald so they allowed my vehicles to come off the lot with a bald tire but they wanted me to do 650 dollars worth of work to my vehicle which really didn't need 650 dollars worth of work when I went to the company half the stuff they wrote down all my inspection if they didn't ask all of a sudden past when they found out I made a complaint so who's to say what inspection company is right and what is really wrong with your vehicle it seem to pick which ones they want to mess with and let their friends dIlly dalley around with a broke down vehicles....
chris keel

Norfolk, VA

#40 Feb 16, 2015
City point auto in hopewell ca
They are a insp station ..but only gives a rude attitude when you go there..says to busy ....so take the insp sign down then!
Still Inspecting

United States

#41 Feb 17, 2015
billy wrote:
bull,bull and more bull.Remember the state is paid for every inspection plus some.Its all about who you know,know someone that can do a fair inspection,great.If you dont your at the mercy of these scum bags.CBS should ask mr state police why when we drive down the road we see exploded tractor trailer tires,motorcycles that are clearly way to loud to have a mandatory muffler,cars that cant get out of their own way,etc.State inspections are a joke,everyone knows its a scam and CBS/channel 6 has the weakest reporters I have ever seen.To all state inspectors,just do your job,face the fact that your job in 2-4 years will not be needed anymore and you will be washing the very cars you rejected yesterday.
Its been 5 years and im still inspecting cars what do you have to say about that bill

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