inspections January 09, 2018

Avoid VA State Inspection Rejection with a DIY Pre-inspection

Here is a primer on Virginia State Vehicle Inspection for Clifton, VA area motorists.

Any auto owner needing a vehicle inspection in Clifton, VA can get their vehicle inspected at any state-qualified inspection station in the state. The Virginia state inspection has two parts. The vehicle safety Inspection is required every year by the end of the month shown on your windshield-mounted state inspection sticker. The emissions test is required every two years at the same time.

The state mandated fee is $12 for any motorcycle and $16 for other vehicles, including cars, pickup trucks, minivans, SUVs and any other road-operated 4-axle vehicle, trailer or motor homes.

Your inspection must be done by a certified VA State Emissions and Inspection Center like Wiygul Automotive Clinic. A customary inspection takes less than an hour and involves standard safety features and mechanical functions. Remember, the inspection is designed to ensure each item operates without fault so your vehicle is completely safe and prepared to drive. Should the inspector find any issues you have 15 days to remedy the problems, and re-inspection cost is one dollar.

You can test many inspection items in advance to make necessary repairs or replacements, and to avoid surprises. A basic pre-inspection checklist includes:

  • The driver's seat; airbags, seat belts, and doors
  • Brakes and parking brake
  • Headlights and exterior lights, including signal lights and license plate illumination
  • All four tires, wheels, and rims
  • The horn and mirrors
  • The windshield, window glass, wipers and defroster
  • The hood latch, engine belts and fluids
  • The steering and suspension systems and floor pan
  • The fuel and exhaust systems, and air pollution controls

Since Wiygul Automotive Clinic is a full-service auto care center, our ASE-certified technicians are trained to keep your vehicle driving at peak performance. If you have questions about your vehicle inspection in Clifton, VA, or need to have your car inspected this month, give us a call at (703) 764-1700, or drive over to our nearby location at 5665 Burke Centre Parkway in Burke, VA 22015. We'll have you safely back on the road in no time.

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