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Vehicle Inspection Tips

A great number of states require an inspection of your vehicle. In some states, that means once a year, you have to take your vehicle to a mechanic who does inspections and allows them to look at your vehicle. The mechanic will look over your car and, when finished, pass or fail your vehicle. This can be frustrating for some, but if you keep your car in good condition, you may not have to worry. Here are some vehicle inspection tips for making sure you pass easily.

Check the Basics Yourself

The first thing to do is check the basics yourself. Does your horn work? Do your lights work? Do your brakes work? This will give you a good idea of what you may be able to replace before your even go in for an inspection. For example, if your headlights don’t work, you won’t pass the inspection. So, you can replace your headlights before you even go in for your inspection and are more likely to pass and drive your car home. Check out this car care checklist you should do every three months.

Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute

Make sure you don’t wait until the last minute to get your inspection done. Many states have grace periods after the inspection actually expires. For example, in Pennsylvania, you have thirty days after the expiration date to get your vehicle inspected. And you can get your vehicle inspected up to ninety days before the inspection expires. So, instead of waiting until the very last minute, get your vehicle inspected with enough time to make repairs if your vehicle does not pass the inspection.

Ask About Used Parts for Repairs

If you wind up failing your car inspection, your mechanic may offer to make the repairs, so your car can pass. Some states allow you to take the car to another mechanic or even home to make the repairs yourself. But be warned, if you continue to drive a car that has failed inspection without making repairs, you may face a fine if you get pulled over. But if your mechanic is doing the repairs, or you’re doing them at home. Make sure to keep used auto parts in mind. They will help you save money that will be added to the inspection bill, which can be something around $200 in many places.

Luckily, My Auto Store has certified used auto parts for your vehicle at great prices. We inspect each car part and make sure it’s in top shape. So, if you’re looking for used car parts, contact our team today!

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