Your vehicle must undergo safety inspections and emissions testing before you can renew your registration. By keeping up with your vehicle's maintenance needs instead of waiting for the inspection day to see what needs to be fixed, you can improve your chance of passing inspection at your first appointment. Here are some tips to know ahead of time.
- Get regular tune-ups. Oil changes, filter replacements, and other routine maintenance checks are essential when caring for your car. Your vehicle will also run a lot smoother, you'll get better gas mileage, and you'll increase the chances of passing inspection when your vehicle is consistently maintained.
- Lights must be in working order. Headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and reverse lights must work to pass inspection. Replace bulbs or change fuses yourself to save a little money or schedule an appointment to have any issues taken care of before inspection.
- Tire tread is important. If your tire tread is worn out, your car will not pass inspection. Be sure you are rotating your tires as recommended in your owner's manual and invest in new tires if needed. Driving on worn tires is also extremely unsafe.
- Don't ignore windshield cracks. If you have a ding or crack in your windshield, get it fixed immediately. Small issues can be repaired without replacing the whole windshield, but sometimes a full replacement is inevitable. Depending on the size and placement, a cracked windshield may not pass inspection.
- Pay attention to warning signs. If you notice your check engine light is illuminated or there is a leak beneath your vehicle, bring your car into a reputable repair facility as soon as possible. You may need to have something fixed before it can be inspected.
If you've purchased your vehicle at Hometown Auto, we can take care of all your service needs. From fluid checks to oil changes and warranty work, Hometown Auto will get your car in shape, so you pass inspection the first time. Visit one of our two convenient location in High Point or Winston Salem.