Should Pa. be like N.J. and stop insp...

Should Pa. be like N.J. and stop inspecting our cars?

There are 195 comments on the Pocono Record story from Aug 9, 2010, titled Should Pa. be like N.J. and stop inspecting our cars?. In it, Pocono Record reports that:

The Garden State just became the pardon state. New Jersey will no longer require car inspections.

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2ndtank

Dingmans Ferry, PA

#1 Aug 9, 2010
keep inspections,for the record.an inspection report should be mandatory and kept w/the registration,repais should be suggestive so you have the choice. if you caused an accident and new brakes were suggested but not installed, youre liable.not everyone can afford all repairs at once.seat belts are suggested and the law but you still have the choice.dui is not reccomended and is illegal but you still have the choice.
oneeye

Honesdale, PA

#2 Aug 9, 2010
I think inspection is good but maybe not every year. Every 2 years or 3 would suffice I think.
With NJ doing away with inspection they are doing away with a lot of jobs also.

Since: Aug 07

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#3 Aug 9, 2010
oneeye wrote:
I think inspection is good but maybe not every year. Every 2 years or 3 would suffice I think.
With NJ doing away with inspection they are doing away with a lot of jobs also.
I hardly drive my van and it still rusts out from the chemical they use on the road. I want to know if my braes or gas line needs replacing before I decide to take a trip.It may be expensive and a pain to schedule but we need it.

Since: Sep 09

Effort

#4 Aug 9, 2010
Friend of mine has a repair shop in Effort, he has noticed that many of his customers are not getting repairs done like ball joints, they are instead replacing the tires worn from bad ball joints instead of the getting the cause fixed. It is an expensive repair, over $600 for most cars.
I've gotten lazy and am not quite to excited anymore to jack the jeeps up on stands in the driveway and rotate tires, so I use the warranty most tire places have for free rotation and balancing. While THEY have it up on the lift I go check the disc pads on the jeeps and replace if necessary, I don't turn rotors, new ones cost about the same as a machine shop charges to turn them. Only two bolts to remove the calipers and stick on the new rotors, put the pads in the calipers then bolt them back up. Keep in mind that it was not all that long ago that PA had twice yearly inspections.

Since: Sep 09

East Stroudsburg, PA

#5 Aug 9, 2010
I just love the old 'if NJ does it it must be good' thinking.

NJ is cutting out car inspections because it cost the State too much to do it. The State owned the inspection Stations and hired the inspectors.

In PA the car inspections MAKE money for the State. The inspection stations are all privately owned and pay the State for the license to do inspections and pays the State for the stickers.

IIRC It was not long ago when the 'transplants' were saying that PA should go to State owned inspection stations like NJ for 'safety' reasons.
oneeye

Honesdale, PA

#6 Aug 9, 2010
AunieEm2 wrote:
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I hardly drive my van and it still rusts out from the chemical they use on the road. I want to know if my braes or gas line needs replacing before I decide to take a trip.It may be expensive and a pain to schedule but we need it.
I agree we need to know about our cars before we drive them but I think most men, and maybe some women, can do the same thing the inspection does. My hubby checks our brakes all the time. As for gas line, I was not aware that is being checked at inspection. We can toot our horns, check all our lights and also check the tread on the tires. What is also important before a long trip is to check the belts in the motor and inspection does not require that. Also, the anti freeze which is also not required. But both easily done at home.

Since: Sep 09

Stroudsburg PA

#7 Aug 9, 2010
If the state inspection meant something or did something that really can't be done at home, then have it. But the way it is - often subjective. As it is a money-maker for the state, i doubt it will ever go away in PA. So, maybe it serves as a yearly reminder that certain things need attention - sort of goes along with that old fashioned concept of responsibility.
shirley

Hazleton, PA

#8 Aug 9, 2010
cat48 wrote:
If the state inspection meant something or did something that really can't be done at home, then have it. But the way it is - often subjective. As it is a money-maker for the state, i doubt it will ever go away in PA. So, maybe it serves as a yearly reminder that certain things need attention - sort of goes along with that old fashioned concept of responsibility.
IMO I think state inspections should be every 5 years for newer cars and every year for the old junkers with rust and bumpers falling off them.I've always wondered how they can get an inspection sticker,guess it ain't what you know,it's WHO YOU KNOW.
2ndtank

Dingmans Ferry, PA

#9 Aug 9, 2010
if you drive a commercial vehicle you must perform a safety check before operating it.this should be the case for any vehicle.it should be mandatory.if the state cares so much about the safety, then the stickers should be free of charge.they dont you to get inspected,they want your money.our state police force is highly trained in sticker recognition.its a money maker.
Sniych

Lehighton, PA

#10 Aug 12, 2010
Now NI drivers are the worst & the most dangerous. Avoid yhem on the road at all costs!!NJ
enough already

Stroudsburg, PA

#11 Aug 12, 2010
You remember inspections 2x a year. I thought I was the only one that recalled that.
fistv wrote:
Friend of mine has a repair shop in Effort, he has noticed that many of his customers are not getting repairs done like ball joints, they are instead replacing the tires worn from bad ball joints instead of the getting the cause fixed. It is an expensive repair, over $600 for most cars.
I've gotten lazy and am not quite to excited anymore to jack the jeeps up on stands in the driveway and rotate tires, so I use the warranty most tire places have for free rotation and balancing. While THEY have it up on the lift I go check the disc pads on the jeeps and replace if necessary, I don't turn rotors, new ones cost about the same as a machine shop charges to turn them. Only two bolts to remove the calipers and stick on the new rotors, put the pads in the calipers then bolt them back up. Keep in mind that it was not all that long ago that PA had twice yearly inspections.
fat drunk and stupid

Bethpage, NY

#12 Aug 12, 2010
Its just a money grab in PA, nothing to do with safety. I'm sure it keeps a lot of otherwise crappy mechanics in business who would otherwise be looking for a new line of work too.
Hubba Babba Joe

York, PA

#14 Aug 14, 2010
yes very much so they don,t do it in South either.
fruity

Lehighton, PA

#15 Aug 18, 2010
Without inspecyions there will b more traffic ty ups with cars breaking down all over the place. what mayhem u stunads!!!!
oneeye

Honesdale, PA

#16 Aug 18, 2010
fruity wrote:
Without inspecyions there will b more traffic ty ups with cars breaking down all over the place. what mayhem u stunads!!!!
But, does inspectioin actually "inspect" anything that would cause mechanical failure? I know tires should be good and lights on but neither cause mechanical failure and traffic tie ups. Now if they checked belts, radiators, batteries etc. then I would say I agree with you but when your horn does not blow and your back up lights do not work it does not usually cause traffic tie ups. What they inspect should be checked for safety reasons, which I agree with.

Since: Sep 09

East Stroudsburg, PA

#17 Aug 19, 2010
oneeye wrote:
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But, does inspectioin actually "inspect" anything that would cause mechanical failure? I know tires should be good and lights on but neither cause mechanical failure and traffic tie ups. Now if they checked belts, radiators, batteries etc. then I would say I agree with you but when your horn does not blow and your back up lights do not work it does not usually cause traffic tie ups. What they inspect should be checked for safety reasons, which I agree with.
Brakes, tires and lights.

Failure of any one can be very dangerous. You would be shocked at how many people wear their brakes down to the steel pads.
oneeye

Honesdale, PA

#18 Aug 19, 2010
Cabin wrote:
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Brakes, tires and lights.
Failure of any one can be very dangerous. You would be shocked at how many people wear their brakes down to the steel pads.
Yes, I do understand that and I did state that. What I was replying to was the "traffic tie up" issue that was brought up.

Since: Sep 09

Effort

#19 Aug 19, 2010
Cabin wrote:
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You would be shocked at how many people wear their brakes down to the steel pads.
Hey, I consider that to be just plain frugal. I never reuse the rotors anyway. I also noticed that on the last few pairs of pads I put on the jeeps the little wear bar/make a noise when worn down thingy has not been on them and these are higher priced pads too.

Since: Sep 09

East Stroudsburg, PA

#20 Aug 19, 2010
oneeye wrote:
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Yes, I do understand that and I did state that. What I was replying to was the "traffic tie up" issue that was brought up.
Get a flat on a lond freeway bridge and see what that does to traffic.

Rear end a car with nonworking break lights in traffic.

;-)
fruity

Lehighton, PA

#21 Aug 19, 2010
See we need inspections. It reminds people to pay more attention to their vehicles old & new!!!! Wasnt it the new toyotas that had uncontrollede acceleration or are they now saying it was the mats doing it???? Who knows what? Learn about your car instead of just being a gas & go driver. How about cheching the fluids on your own! DAAA what that?One broken down car on 80 causes all this rubbernecking and waste of fuel. Real good for the environment. What a waste!!!! There r no shortcuts in life, Thanks 4 the ones who agreed with me. Love Ya.

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