When we take our vehicles for inspection in the State of Virginia, several areas are checked. The following parts are checked to make sure they are in proper working order, and that they meet Virginia’s requirements.
• Brakes (including parking brake)
• Other lights
• Turn Signals
• Steering and Suspension
• Tires, Wheels and Rims
• Windshield and other Windows
• Windshield Wipers and Defrost
• Exhaust System
• Hood Latch
• Fluid Levels (Brake and Power Steering)
• Power Steering Belt
• Air Pollution Control System (all 1973 and subsequent models)
• Driver’s Seat
• Seat Belts
• Air Bags
• Fuel System
• Floor Pan
* We do not do emissions inspections.
Some parts of the inspection are more in depth than others. While all of the inspected parts need to function properly, some parts also need to follow regulations. Lights need to be using approved bulbs and have correct aim, output and lens color. Headlights need to have a working high-beam indicator. Steering and suspension are checked thoroughly for the condition of the bushings, kingpins, gear box, steering arm, etc. Even the horn is checked to make sure it can be heard for a minimum of 200 feet.
If you have questions about exact requirements or what you need to do to get your vehicle ready for inspection, the State of Virginia has a detailed description of the inspection process on this website: http://www.vsp.virginia.gov/Safety.shtm#InspectionProgram