The shortest answer we can give, yes! However, there is more to having a safety check at a repair shop that you should know before making an appointment that can save you some money in the long run. So, if you’re interested in saving a few dollars, here’s an idea: do a quick safety inspection of your vehicle yourself and make any necessary repairs before you take it in to your local mechanic for the official car inspection.
Here’s What Mechanics are Required to Look At:
It’s no secret that breaks are an important safety feature on your car. If the mechanic finds that your breaks are worn down or not working properly, your car won’t pass inspection. Have them checked ahead of time and get your brake pads replaced if needed before the inspection to help it go smoothly and quickly.
Steering and Alignment
An auto mechanic will inspect all components of your car’s steering system. If anything’s found to be loose or failing, they’ll let you know what specifically needs to be fixed to pass muster. If your car’s alignment is slightly off, it might be overlooked. But more serious alignment issues are going to have to be fixed to pass a vehicle inspection.
Look for cracks, chips, and loose seals since these are considered safety hazards. There are a lot of shops that offer free rock-chip repair, so if you’ve got a crack or a chip, be sure to get it fixed ahead of time.
Condition of Your Tires
Old, worn down tires won’t help you pass a safety inspection. Check the wear indicator bar on your tires. If the tread is worn down to that point or further, get new tires before the inspection. The safety check also includes the condition of your spare, so check that as well. Also, make sure the tires on your car are the same size and style. Even if they have good tread, having randomly sized tires could make your car flunk the safety inspection.
Seat Belt Functionality
As a rule, in order to pass a vehicle inspection your car’s seat belts have to be easily accessible, in good shape, and in perfect working order. This goes for the back seat as well as the front, so be sure to check these as well.