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Does anyone else think the yearly car inspection is a rip-off?

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Since: May 10

Norfolk, VA

#1 Nov 10, 2010
I got behind a car the other day that was smoking so bad I had too roll up my windows.What is the point of making people get their car in working order once a year and it is a hazard the rest? Seems like some city officials already have their hands in our pockets and this is a waste of my hard earned money.

Since: Oct 08

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#3 Nov 12, 2010
Agree with you Military Madness. I personally think the state inspections help save lives. Without them, we would see more and more ill kept vehicles on the road. Given that, insurance? outrageous in this area. I'd would bet a pay check that there are 10 times more people driving without insurance as there are unsafe vehicles..
richard saunders

Salt Lake City, UT

#4 Dec 15, 2010
Vehicle safety inspections and emissions testing are two different things, and that smoking car might fail an emissions test but would could pass a safety inspection. Safety inspections are controversial and every year another state ends its program because there is just no proof they decrease accident rates, and in fact may even increase accident rates. After 30 years of research on safety inspections most people now agree that safety inspections are unnecessary and ineffective. Check out my webpage: utahinspectionracket.tripod.com and you can read portions of the research and follow the links.
That smoking car that falls under the catagory of emissions might or might not pass an emissions test, but if it fails now it certainly won't get better next year. The problem with emissions tests is they are overused on newer cars that never fail, which is a rip off, and technicians can sometimes be bribed to pass a smoking car by bringing in a decoy car-another similar car that passes-and then testing that car and assigning the results to "old smokey". So yes, I think safety inspections are a complete rip off, and emissions tests are sometimes a ripoff.

Since: May 10

Norfolk, VA

#5 Dec 17, 2010
I disagree,i think this should be a personal responsibility not something you have too do. Just like having insurance on your vehicle.I have lived other places where this is not required and they donot have more accidents compared too Virginia! I also don't like having too pay extra on my car insurance in case someone without insuarnce hits me.Like I said personal responsibilty!
fiesta

Richmond, KY

#7 Jan 27, 2011
vixen 42 wrote:
I disagree,i think this should be a personal responsibility not something you have too do. Just like having insurance on your vehicle.I have lived other places where this is not required and they donot have more accidents compared too Virginia! I also don't like having too pay extra on my car insurance in case someone without insuarnce hits me.Like I said personal responsibilty!
fortunately you don't make any major decisions for most people. sure, we should be accountable for personal responsibility but should we be forced to suffer the total loss if someone does shirk their personal responsibility? hell no, so we should be thanking our lucky stars we can protect ourselves if someone does

Since: May 10

Norfolk, VA

#8 Jan 29, 2011
listen fiesta if you don't like what I complain about suck it up.If you can't like the people above have a rational explanation then keep it too yourself,you are RUDE
rebelsnoopy

Richmond, VA

#10 Nov 26, 2011
If I have a 1 or 2 year old car. Why in the hell do I need a inspection? You don't.

That drove me nuts when I lived in California. They should only be expecting cars that are more likely to fail, not new ones - cars with 50k plus that are more likely to have failed emission systems. A 2010 car is not going to have a failed system unless it is taxi.

Now I live in Virginia. If I have a new vehicle why does it need an inspection. Why am I wasting my time and 15 bucks so somebody can tell me my car with only 10k on the odometer is in working order....but it failed because it needs new windshield wipers.......oh and we happen to have some over there we can put on for you (how nice).

It is just ridiculous, and if anybody were to try to change the system I bet the auto maintenance lobby would throw tons of money at the legislators to keep this hustle going.

Wouldn't be surprised if the inspection idea was introduced by auto mechanic lobbyist in the first place.

If it is so damned important that people drive safe cars, than this should be done by the DMV, not some mechanic with a profit motive to red flag your car.
brnjen

Williamsburg, VA

#11 Apr 19, 2012
rebelsnoopy,

I agree with your comment that the inspection should be done by the DMV. The VA inspection is so inconsistant, I had a vehicle that required over $1300 to pass. I took the same vehicle to another shop and it only took $700 to pass with only half of the issues that the first shop noted. I hate this states inspection policy and feel as though I am being taken to the cleanners everytime I have a vehicle inpected.
SWODude

Virginia Beach, VA

#12 Jul 3, 2012
Do like in California with smog checks:

1. Get fluent in Spanish

2. Bring hoopty to shop that speaks Spanish

3. Bribe the mechanic and walk away with smog certificate!
Jimmy Cars

Hampton, VA

#13 Jul 3, 2012
1 year state inspections are stupid. They not only clog up the garages, but give then an excuse to replace your tail light they broke on purpose, 35.00 a bulb/labor.You can take a new car off the lot and 1 year they would find/make up something. 2 years is reasonable. Just because your car is approved on inspection day does not mean you can be cited for a tailpipe dragging up Mercury Blvd.,therefore,2 years is acceptable.
Jimmy Cars

Hampton, VA

#14 Jul 3, 2012
vixen 42 wrote:
I disagree,i think this should be a personal responsibility not something you have too do. Just like having insurance on your vehicle.I have lived other places where this is not required and they donot have more accidents compared too Virginia! I also don't like having too pay extra on my car insurance in case someone without insuarnce hits me.Like I said personal responsibilty!
people should be responsible, specifically with the brake pads. When they squeak you need to replace or else it's metal on metal and you will pay Manny Moe and Jack several hundred,,incentivie enough.
Walter

Harrodsburg, KY

#16 Jul 28, 2012
I used to live in Norfolk and I hated the inspections. My car always passed because I kept it in proper shape. A corn can and some large hose clamps made the exhaust leak disappear for a week or two.New corn cobs holding the spark plug wires a part and she ran great. Twenty dollars and a nice bottle of bourbon and everything else seemed to work right.
Kroanos

Palo Alto, CA

#17 Aug 10, 2012
I live in Texas and I think if the government really cared about safety then the inspections would be free. It's just another tax.

Also I'm sick of so called law enforcement wasting time trying to give someone a ticket for something stupid like an inspection sticker instead of doing something about all the reckless drivers who are the real danger. I would rather be in an unsafe car with someone who was a safe driver than in a perfect vehicle with an aggressive driver.

Since: Jan 12

Rogers, KY

#18 Aug 27, 2012
I think the whole thing is a rip off. I had a bronco inspected and a week later had a tire blow out. I even had them balance the tire bc of bad vibe ration. After tire blew out found out it had a busted belt. Shouldn't that been detected in the inspection.
You know how ur get out of state inspection. Tag ur car in ur home state. My wife was in the military and we tag our cars in Ohio and didn't have to worry about state inspections.
Collins

Gloversville, NY

#19 Sep 5, 2012
I think it is a rip off also. Just a way for these garages/mechanics to make a lot of money off people. They are not really looking at safety, they are looking to cash in anyway they can. It's also a way for the PD to cash in also by giving people a summons for an outdated sticker ($135 fine)and a mark against you. People have enough to worry about these days besides inspection stickers and being scammed by these mechanics. Between yearly registration, car insurance and general maintenance of the vehicle, the yearly state inspection is fueled by greed and over kill.

“Denying those who deny nature”

Since: Jun 07

Norfolk va

#20 Sep 12, 2012
Collins wrote:
I think it is a rip off also. Just a way for these garages/mechanics to make a lot of money off people. They are not really looking at safety, they are looking to cash in anyway they can. It's also a way for the PD to cash in also by giving people a summons for an outdated sticker ($135 fine)and a mark against you. People have enough to worry about these days besides inspection stickers and being scammed by these mechanics. Between yearly registration, car insurance and general maintenance of the vehicle, the yearly state inspection is fueled by greed and over kill.
You are not kidding. I have had them tell me that things that broken that I knew were in good shape and ignore things I knew needed to be replaced. Funny thing is all the things they wanted to replace were easy like shocks.
scott in Mass

Westfield, MA

#21 Dec 22, 2012
I just had my inspection yesterday. I knew I was in trouble when the mechanic was jacking up the car. I have 172,000 miles and he tested the damn thing like it came off the showroom floor. Long story short, he gives me a rejection for the tail lights. He said they work but should be brighter. what a joke!

“Denying those who deny nature”

Since: Jun 07

Norfolk va

#22 Dec 24, 2012
How bright can they be. I had one cite my battery tiedown and claimed it needed to be changed from the OEM standard. I also had one miss a rusted out control arm.

They hit you for a bulb and miss the fact that the front wheel is getting ready to fall off.
inspecttheirwall ets

Pottstown, PA

#23 Feb 16, 2013
Dealt with a mechanic for several years actually bascially turned the business over to his son who did things like incompetent work, leave his tools in your engine and sabotage things like hoses for more business. At the sametime his dad was hanging out at the local politicians office being one of the first to own an inspection machine to be used in the new emmissions inspection program. His prices increased after he bought the machine.

Family business who is all giddy they are one of the first to own one of those new fangled inspection machines also increase prices and sabotages cars for more work/money-how can you tell me it's about safety or quality let alone affordability.

In the meantime the pollution in many areas of the state have not improved and still have diesel engines stinking up the place. Along with a crap load of accidents from speeding, dui's, distracted driving and poor driving that have nothing to do with the vehicles.
inspecttheirwall ets

Pottstown, PA

#24 Feb 16, 2013
tina anne wrote:
How bright can they be. I had one cite my battery tiedown and claimed it needed to be changed from the OEM standard. I also had one miss a rusted out control arm.
They hit you for a bulb and miss the fact that the front wheel is getting ready to fall off.
I want to know how a 50 cent license plate bulb installed for 15$ affects the safety and function of the vehicle. or 5 dollar wiper blades installed for 30 dollars work better than the old blades that don't smudge.

See most mechanics are lazy and want cookie cutter work. If they have to think or really work they are in deep crap. Most mechanics can't even trouble shoot or understand how alot of these engines/cars really work. They do not update their skills they or fail/refuse to research a problem or even keep manuals on premises. They think they know it all. There are also alot of back yard mechanics that rely on their hobby skills and never get formal training as well. That's a problem with alot of trades people.

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