NC Car Inspection
For your NC safety and emissions inspection, bring your vehicle to Triangle Car Care in Raleigh. We perform auto repair, as well as the inspections and emissions testing required for your registration renewal. We also provide ongoing maintenance services, including replacement of tires, headlights and directional lights for you to pass this important inspection.
What is NC emissions inspection?
Emissions inspection in North Carolina ensures your automobile’s pollution control systems work as they should, to meet the minimum standards for air quality in the state. The tests are performed using your car’s on-board diagnostics at the same time as it goes through the safety portion of the NC car inspection.
Vehicles not required by the state to go through an emissions test but still requiring annual inspection include:
- Those up to three years old with less than 70,000 miles
- Models from 1995 or older
- Diesel engine-operated models
- Farmer-rated vehicles
How do I prove my automobile passed inspection?
Each year, as your automobile goes through the inspection process, the inspecting entity provides you with a receipt. This receipt shows the date of your inspection, the station performing it and the results. This detail also goes into the DMV vehicle registration database. You will not receive a sticker for your windshield, as the computer system keeps up with this information, instead.
What does the NC car inspection for safety require?
North Carolina state car safety inspections are an annual requirement. You cannot renew your auto registration without it. If you attempt to drive an unregistered car, truck or SUV in the state, you are subject to fines and other penalties. Overall, the inspections help ensure safe automobile operation on our roads and prevent injuries.
Your inspection covers major mechanical systems and accident avoidance mechanisms, including:
- All exterior lights
- Headlight direction
- Horn functioning and proper mounting
- Springs and steering mechanisms
- Windshield wipers and blades
- Aftermarket window tinting light transmittance
- Rear view mirrors properly mounted and functioning
- Tires with 2/32 inch or greater tread depth
Reasons Why Your Automobile May Fail NC Car Inspection For Safety
Most vehicles that are regularly maintained and running well pass NC car inspections for safety. But sometimes even well-maintained models have one or more issues that prevent them from passing inspection. If your automobile fails inspection, Triangle Car Care can help you bring it up to state standards to pass this important testing and keep you on the roads.
Reasons why some autos fail inspection include:
- Excessive brake wear
- Insufficient tire tread
- Burned out headlights or tail lights
- Damaged or cut wiper blades
- Check engine light turned on
This is not a comprehensive list of the problems that can prevent your automobile from passing inspection. If you expect your vehicle to fail this important annual review, bring it into Triangle Car Care. We will help you bring it up to the state standards.