State Vehicle Inspections: Your Questions Answered

State inspection specifics vary from state to state. In some cases, they are unnecessary or mandated and in others, they are very strict. Here in Maryland, we fall somewhere in between. And, if you live in the Rockville area, you may already know our team here at Preferred Automotive has you covered—for your state inspection and your auto care/repair needs.

That said, what do you need to know about Maryland state vehicle inspections? Our team has the answers!

Question: What does the inspection cover?
Good question. Your vehicle’s inspection depends greatly on the make and model. So, what your car needs to have inspected may differ from your neighbor’s. Most will cover safety items like steering, brakes, safety belts, lights, exhaust and other functions. Further, in Maryland, there are specific regulations regarding window tint: no yellow or red color and no tinting below the top 5 inches of the windshield. Makes sense.

Question: Where do I bring my car or truck for a state inspection?
Maryland state requires that vehicle owners have inspections performed at authorized stations. This means a Master Technician performs the inspection and provides a certificate of compliance. Note: Preferred Automotive is an authorized state inspection facility!

Question: How long does a state inspection take?
We know your time is valuable and always do everything we can to service our customers in a timely fashion. Luckily, state inspections rarely take longer than 45 minutes to an hour to complete.

Question: How do I know if my vehicle needs a state inspection?
There are a few stipulations:
– Non-residents: if you have just moved to Maryland and your vehicle is registered in another state, it needs a state inspection.
– If you purchase or inherit a used vehicle, it needs a state inspection.
– If your vehicle failed a state inspection, it will need a “passing” inspection to be legal to drive in the state of Maryland.

Question: Say my vehicle fails, what do I do next?
Don’t worry; you have options. First, you will know why it fails. Licensed inspection stations have to provide you a reason or reasons your vehicle failed the inspection. From there, you have 30 days to have the repair made (either there or at another vehicle repair location) without an additional charge. Should you wait until after the 30-day timeframe, you will be required to pay for another full inspection.

Question: Why should I bring my car to Preferred Automotive for my state inspection?
Many reasons. For starters, we know vehicles. Our team is very knowledgeable and skilled in the repair of any vehicle issue—small or large. Also, we care about people. It is our main priority to make sure you feel taken care of and confident in the services you receive here. Should you choose our shop for your state Rockville, MD vehicle inspection, we will take care of you timely and fairly. Further, because we are a full-service auto shop, we will happily address any repair or maintenance issues you may have—related to your inspection or not.
Need a state inspection? Give Preferred Automotive a call!

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

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