If you live in Rockville, MD, when is it necessary to take your car in for a state inspection? Many states require an inspection every year or every other year, but Maryland has a unique set of safety inspection requirements. Instead of an annual inspection fee, you only need to have a state safety inspection if you are selling a used vehicle. This inspection is required before the title transfer can occur.
Who Needs to Take the Vehicle in for Inspection?
Most car buyers will want to have the vehicle inspected by a mechanic before making the purchase. This inspection will give them information about the car so they can understand the condition of the vehicle. In the state of Maryland, the owner of the car holds the legal responsibility for the state inspection. They need to take the car in to obtain an inspection certificate before the transfer or sale of the vehicle.
These requirements change depending on the type of vehicle being sold. For example, either the buyer or seller can obtain the inspection certificate for class E trucks, class F trucks, class G trailers, dump service trailers, and semi-trailers. After this certificate is obtained, the buyer must submit the certification to the state of Maryland when registering the vehicle.
How to Get a State Inspection Certificate
When it is time to transfer ownership of your car, take the vehicle to an authorized mechanic for inspection. There are a variety of mechanics that offer authorized safety inspections. Make sure the mechanic has the right authorization or else you might be wasting your money on an inspection that the state doesn’t recognize.
Call in advance to schedule an appointment for the inspection. Then, bring the vehicle to the shop at the scheduled time. You have the option to drop off the car or you can wait in the lobby while the inspection is completed. In most situations, this inspection will take about an hour to an hour and a half.
Before taking the car in for inspection, it is important to be sure that the vehicle is registered in Maryland or another state. If necessary, a temporary 30-day registration can be used until the vehicle has passed the safety inspection.
During the inspection, the mechanic will ensure that the vehicle meets all requirements for the state of Maryland. You will receive two copies of the certificate: one to keep in your car, and one to turn into the MVA. The green copy of the certification should be taken to the MVA along with the other registration documents that are required.
What if I Don’t Receive a Certificate after State Inspection?
If you take the vehicle to a mechanic that offers e-inspection services, you won’t receive a printed copy of the certificate. Instead, the mechanic will pass the digital information along to the MVA. Since the electronic copy of the certificate is sent by the mechanic, you don’t need to worry about bringing the certificate in for the registration process.
Another reason you might not receive an inspection certificate is if the vehicle didn’t pass the inspection requirements. In that situation, the mechanic will let you know the failed inspection points. It is necessary to have those problems fixed to meet the inspection requirements. By taking your car to a trusted mechanic, you can rest assured the mechanic is identifying legitimate problems with the car. If the need for repair work arises, your mechanic can fix the issues and send you back for a follow-up inspection.
Keep in mind that when a vehicle fails a safety inspection, it is important to have the same registered mechanic shop complete the follow-up inspection. It isn’t necessary to have that mechanic do the repairs, though. You can complete the repairs on your own, or you can take the vehicle to another mechanic. Re-inspection needs to happen within 30 days or 1,000 miles if you don’t want to pay the full fee (again) for the complete inspection. Otherwise, a cheaper pro-rated fee will be charged to look at the specific problem that was corrected.
Fees for State Inspection and Registration
The inspection and registration fees vary depending on the mechanic and the type of vehicle you own. Most mechanics will change a flat-fee labor rate for the time spent on the inspection. These hourly rates are not regulated by the state of Maryland so the fees can vary from one mechanic to the next.
Here at Preferred Automotive, we can provide the state inspection services you need. Additionally, we offer auto repair services to ensure that your vehicle will meet the inspection requirements. We are located at 12356 Wilkins Ave, Rockville, MD 20852. Call us anytime to schedule an appointment for your inspection: (301) 881-8530.