So I have a question may seem dumb but here it is. What are the inspections??
In wisconsin the PO and you sign a title you go to the DMV give them the title and a small fortune, you get new plates and go home. But do.emissions every 2 years but thats just plug into the OBD2 plug and leave a few seconds later. And its only 96 and newer they care about for emissions.
So what do they inspect? What state?
In some states, we give half a damn about road safety, so every year, you have to take your vehicle to a certified inspector, who checks to make sure your brakes, lights, seatbelts, and such all work properly. Some places also have emissions testing, where vehicles younger than a certain cutoff are tested by various methods as to whether they meet a standard for emissions.
In California, they don't give a damn about road safety, so they only inspect for emissions every year, and there's basically no such thing as emissions exempt.
In Texas, for example, every year your car has to be safety inspected, and in 17 counties (of 254 total) you also need to have it checked against emissions at the same time. When you do this is determined by a sticker in your windshield that's issued when you pass inspection. My Nissan's says 7/2, which means it was supposed to be inspected again in July of 2012. The PO failed to do that and I've failed to pass emissions. If I passed right now, the sticker would say 10/4 and I'd need to have it inspected in October of 2014 to remain legal. It's independent of the sales process. Now, when you buy a car, you have to go to the DMV within 21 days and change the title to your name and pay the registration fee. Registration then comes due every year in the month you registered it. It's a standard $50.75 plus county fees. The change of title also carries a standard fee plus motor vehicle tax (6.25%), and you must pay that fee plus the rego fee when you change the title. License plates are, however, retained unless the new owner requests new plates. There is no fee to request a new license plate number be assigned to a vehicle when changing the title of ownership.