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Preferred Automotive
12356 Wilkins Ave
Rockville, MD 20852
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Many states have stringent state safety inspection laws. Here in Maryland, we have our own unique set of requirements and it’s important that all residents or soon-to-be residents familiarize themselves with them. Naturally, our team of professionals at Preferred Automotive feels a responsibility to the residents of our community in Rockville and the neighboring cities to answer these questions for you!

Q:           Is Preferred Automotive certified to perform certified Maryland State Inspections?
A:            Yes. Not only are we authorized by Maryland to pass/fail your vehicle, we are also a full-service auto repair shop. So, in the event your car or truck is unable to pass the Maryland State Inspection, we will gladly make repairs to get you a passing clearance. Further, we can help you preemptively prepare for your inspection.

Q:           Who has to get Maryland State Inspections?
A:            Anyone moving here to Maryland from out of state with a car registered elsewhere. Also, anyone planning to sell their vehicle to another owner or anyone who has recently purchased a previously owned vehicle without a Maryland State Inspection.

Q:           What is the cost?
A:            The Motor Vehicle Association (MVA) does not control the rates. So, this means the costs will vary depending on where you bring your vehicle. In 2016, the average cost was just under $100. For re-inspection, the rates will vary as well. Here at Preferred Automotive, we will work with you on this in the event there are repairs needed and, if your repairs are minimal and you have them done timely, the cost of re-inspection could be free!

Q:           What does the Maryland State Inspection include?
A:            This could be a long answer. Basically, your vehicle is to be inspected to ensure it is safe to drive; that is, safe for you and safe for the other drivers near you. The inspection will include checks on your:

  • Steering column
  • Wheel alignment
  • Suspension
  • Brake system
  • Tires
  • Wheels
  • Fuel system
  • Exhaust system
  • Bumpers
  • Fenders
  • Lighting
  • Mirrors
  • Vehicle glazing
  • Windshield
  • Windshield wipers
  • Hood/catches
  • Doors
  • Handles and latches
  • Floor
  • Trunk
  • Speedometer and odometer
  • Electrical system
  • Driver’s seat
  • Safety belts
  • Motor mounts
  • Gear selection indicator
  • Universal joints/constant velocity joints
  • Emissions equipment

Q:           What happens if my car fails?
A:            Upon completion of the inspection, your mechanic will give you a report which states “pass” or “fail.” This will include the item or items that need repairs in order to pass. If you come here to Preferred Automotive, we will get your vehicle in passing shape. You also have the option to go elsewhere, make the repairs yourself, or bring your vehicle to the dealership if it’s under warranty to have the repairs addressed. If the vehicle is re-inspected within 30 days and less than 1,000 miles, we will only need to inspect the defective parts annotated on the original inspection.

You see, the Rockville, MD State Inspection is a simple process—especially when you bring your car or truck here to Preferred Automotive! Give us a call!

Preferred Automotive | 12356 Wilkins Ave | Rockville, MD 20852 | 301-881-8530

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