What to Expect at a State Inspection

How To Prepare For The Massachusetts State Inspection

Vehicle state inspections are part of being a driver in Massachusetts. At Randy’s Automotive in Medfield, we consider four general areas for each inspection: emissions/engine, exterior, interior, and underside. Here’s a look at each area and other things to expect.

Quick Service and Repair

When you come in for the state inspection, be sure to have your title, registration, and proof of insurance handy. Our technicians are ASE-certified, and we function as a one-stop-shop. That means if your car fails inspection (hopefully, it won’t), the needed parts should be on the premises for us to make repairs. They are made only with your permission, of course.

Emissions/Engine

Our technicians check to see whether your car emissions are in line with state-mandated environmental standards. If they are not, the car is likely releasing harmful toxins every time it is driven. We can correct that quickly. The engine inspection includes a survey for possible leaks or damage. Technicians look at your coolant, battery, transmission, fuel, exhaust and more.

Exterior of Vehicle

Technicians ensure that your license plate is fastened correctly and lit well. Other areas covered include:

  • Wiper blades
  • Doors
  • Windows
  • Windshield
  • Exterior lights
  • Blinkers
  • Bumpers
  • Brakes, brake pedals, and brake pads

Interior of Vehicle

The interior inspection includes verifying that seat belts are functioning properly and in adequate condition. We also assess:

  • Steering wheels
  • Steering columns
  • Car horn function and sound
  • Brakes, brake pedals, and brake pads
  • Parking brake

Underside of Vehicle

Our mechanics check under your vehicle for potential issues with frame, axles, coil springs, and shocks. In addition, we test tire tread depth and wear, and inspect tires for holes or signs of damage. Last but not least is a test drive to check gauges and the general drivability of your vehicle. If the state inspection turns up problems, we contact you with cost and time estimates. Fortunately, we’re a Medfield shop that can handle inspections from beginning to end. Other stations may send you elsewhere for repairs, but we do not.

Massachusetts inspections are required once a year, and newly purchased vehicles must be inspected within seven days of their registration. You can schedule your car inspection online, give us a call or drop by.

Written by Randy’s Automotive

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