Does anyone have info on what the NC vehicle inspection consists of and what the yearly vehicle tax is? I just moved here in September and am unfamiliar with these practices. I'm wondering if my Jeep will pass inspection, as it doesn't have a muffler. Just pipe from the CC back. It was like this when I purchased it (in NC btw).
Just FYI. NC vehicle inspections require that a vehicle be fitted with a muffler and the tailpipe should exit beyond the passenger compartment. Vehicle tax is treated like property tax, the state set a value and you pay the tax on that value, every year. As vehicles get older the tax drops. GF's Honda, 400+ a year. My jeep, 34 bucks a year.
Safety inspections include all emissions control devices that the vehicle was originally equipped with, they must be installed, intact and appear to be in good working condition. Tires, wipers, horns, exhaust pipes, lights, high beam indicator, turn signal indicators, headlight aim....yadda yadda......
Just retired from wrenching, was a NC state inspector for almost 15 years, and an inspector in NY and RI for several more.
That being said, there are places out there that slide cars through.......these places days are numbered, the state is cracking down, fines for violations are going up, and the state is tracking down vehicles and their owners if an inspection appears to be suspicious and/or flags in the computer system.
Best way is to get your vehicle inspected legitimately, if the state suspect you to be guilty of trying to beat the system, they can suspend your registration.
Just an FYI.
Thanks for the info. Looks like a new exhaust is next on my list! My inspection isn't due until November, I'm definitely not trying to beat the system, the Jeep was like this when I bought it in December. So my next question is, does a used car dealership have to get a vehicle inspected before they sell it? I've had some issues with the dealership already so I wouldn't be surprised if they passed it just to save some money.
I dont think dealerships don't have to get them inspected unless it runs out while the vehicle is on the lot. The previous owner might have got it inspected but I highly doubt he would have paid to get it inspected when he was agout to get rid of it.
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Yes, they do have to have them inspected, but there are shops out there that turn a blind eye to dealers who do a lot of business with them. Sucks to be those shops, because when the state catches up with them, and they will, the dealer will just shrug and say, "we didn't know, we just dropped them off and they passed" The shop will take a huge hit, financially(trust me, I got fined for an inspection I screwed up, cost me a whole paycheck) The tech will take a huge hit, and if enough bad stuff shows up, they will lose their license to inspect, and this can put a shop out of business, inspections and the related business they bring in can be a large part of a shops income.
People that are in your position now will eventually start complaining, and the snowball effect takes over...
Word to the wise: Do your buddy down at the local inspection place a favor, don't even ask him to break the rules....it's a good way to lose a friend.
That being said, a local shop just failed one of my customers for a fog light that was out........fog lights aren't considered part of the state inspection, he's filling a complaint. The shop will probably be fined, and the tech will probably get a 300 dollar fine for "improper inspection"
All that because they tried to squeak some guy for a 20 dollar bulb.