State Inspection in Finksburg, MD
Things You Should Know Before Getting a Maryland Vehicle State Inspection
Driver’s safety is the number one priority for the Maryland Motor Vehicle Association. As a result, all vehicles registered in the state of Maryland are required to undergo and pass an annual state inspection to ensure that they meet all safety requirements. The annual inspection also provides drivers with the opportunity to learn about and address potential hazards in their vehicles that they may not have been aware of. If you aren’t sure what to expect with a state inspection, don’t worry, that’s where we come in. At Auto Clinic of Maryland, we have all the tools, equipment, and experience to help you pass your inspection.
When To Schedule Your State Inspection
Vehicles in the state of Maryland are required to be inspected for two reasons. First, if you've recently relocated to Maryland, and your vehicle is currently registered in another state. And second, if you recently purchased a pre-owned vehicle or received it as a gift or inheritance.
Maryland Vehicle Inspection Costs and Fees
Because the Motor Vehicle Association has no control over the cost of inspections, the price of a state inspection may vary depending on where you choose to have your vehicle inspected. The average cost of a Maryland inspection is roughly $100. The cost of re-inspection varies depending on the parts that need to be inspected.
What The Maryland Vehicle Inspection Includes
When it comes to Maryland vehicle inspections, the main goal is to make sure your car is safe to drive. During an inspection, you can expect the following services to be performed.
- Steering Inspection
- Brake Inspection
- Suspension Inspection
- Wheel Inspection
- Tire Inspection
- Fuel System Inspection
- Electrical System Inspection
- Exhaust Inspection
- Lighting Inspection
- General Inspection
Examines the driver's seat, safety belts, speedometer, odometer, all doors and latches, hinges, handles, vehicle hood and latch, windshield wipers, emissions equipment, gear selection indicator, CV boots, mirrors, and vehicle glazing for presence and proper function/condition.
Examines the steering wheel, steering column, power steering, and linkage for damage.
Examines the condition of the braking distance, brake pads, hydraulic system, parking brake, drums and discs, and mechanical linkages. Measures stopping distance and ensures brake pads are at least 2/32” thick.
Examines the condition of the shock absorbers or struts, springs, torsion bar, wheel bearing, kingpin, spindle bolt, and the wear on the ball joints.
Inspects the condition of the camber, caster, nuts, studs, and lugs on the wheels. Verifies that the wheels and axles are properly aligned.
Examines the condition of the tires, size, type, and tread depth.
Examines the state of the fuel tank. Checks the accelerator, hand throttle, and choke for proper operation and confirms that there are no leaks.
Inspects the horn, wiring, switches, and battery cables for proper operation and condition.
Examines the muffler, piping, and manifold for damage. Ensures the mounting is done correctly and confirms that there are no leaks.
Examines the condition of original equipment lighting. Ensures that all additional lights have been approved.
Be sure to refer to the official Maryland Motor Vehicle Association website for a full inspection checklist.
Schedule Your State Inspection Today
Is your vehicle due for a Maryland state inspection? If you have any doubts that your vehicle is in good enough condition to meet all the state’s criteria, we can help. For Maryland inspections, Auto Clinic of Maryland is your one-stop shop. We are a locally owned and operated auto repair and service center with nearly 40 years of experience. Schedule an appointment with us today by calling or stop by our shop, conveniently located at 1930 Bethel Rd and let us inspect your vehicle before your inspection.