Balancing Vehicle Safety, the Environment, and Your Personal Safety During a Pandemic
At Randy’s Automotive in Medfield, Massachusetts, we take your safety very seriously. As always, we are here to help you with your automotive needs. This includes providing the service of required state safety inspections as well as any repairs needed to keep your vehicle in great shape and able to pass standards. During this time we are taking the additional steps of no-contact drop off, pick up, and payment as well as sanitation of all surfaces we touch in your vehicle. Additionally, we want to provide you with relevant information regarding state inspections in light of the current global pandemic.
Massachusetts State Inspection Requirements
Massachusetts requires that all vehicles pass an annual safety inspection, and newly purchased automobiles must pass inspection within 7 days of registration. Ensuring that safety equipment is in good working order protects you and others on the road. Checkpoints include tires, horn, brakes, airbags, wipers, lights, steering, suspension, and seat belts, among others. Also, the state does its part toward protecting the environment from harmful emissions. All vehicles with an onboard diagnostic system (OBD-II) that are less than 15 years old must pass an annual emissions test. This obviously involves your car’s exhaust system, but it is also the reason the auto won’t pass inspection if the check engine light is illuminated. This warning lamp indicates a problem that impacts how well and efficiently your car manages the fuel to oxygen ratio, combustion, and release of by-products. Annual inspections must be performed at a station licensed by the state such as Randy’s Automotive. Costs are $35.00 for most automobiles, $15.00 for motorcycles, and more for commercial vehicles.
Special Provisions in Response to COVID-19
To assist motorists with staying well during the COVID-19 pandemic, Massachusetts has enacted some special provisions regarding vehicle inspections and other registration procedures. Specifically, any non-commercial auto due for inspection in March, April, May, or June 2020 will not expire until July 2020. (Note: Month of expiration extends until the last day of that period. Therefore, drivers have the advantage of this extension until July 31.) Updated credentials, however, will not be issued. The extension is assumed rather than reflected on new credentials. Also, the state has procedures for taking care of registration, including reinstatement, by distance. This includes the RMV website, working with your insurance company, telephone options, and US Mail. For a complete list of options under your particular circumstances, visit https://www.mass.gov/info-details/rmv-covid-19-information#vehicle-registrations-and-inspection-stickers-. You can continue to rely on Randy’s Automotive, as well. We are open as an essential service provider and will be glad to inspect your car and/or help you with repairs. With your safety in mind, we continue to have no-contact procedures and sanitation measures in place.