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      10-04-2012 11:46 AM #26
      Should be done over here.

      For us commercial trucks are subject to that kind of inspection, but not cars. Cars only need a safety inspection when they are sold... and it is done by any certified mechanic, not a government agency. It isn't hard to find mechanics that will sell you a signed safety without even seeing the car.

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      10-04-2012 11:48 AM #27
      dont have to do the TuV, but the vehicle inspection on base is just as bad.



      i liked showing up last year when i had the bags on the old GTI. Came in fully dropped scraping on the ground.

      German guy was like "you are too low, go home, you fail!"
      I said, "s'all good chief, ill fix that" *presses button*
      German guy "you can't have that, its illegal in germany"
      *hands german guy TuV approved paperwork from bagyard

      he then tries to fail me for anything and everything you can think of. Him, two other germans and a TSgt looked over my car for a good hour with the reg in their hand trying to find something.

      They finally got me on a small little knick in the front glass. So i came back 2 days later, said i replaced th glass, they looked and passed me. (glass wasnt replaced)

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      10-04-2012 11:50 AM #28
      In Ohio emissions testing is only in a handful of counties. We have ZERO safety inspections for registered vehicles. The only time you need an inspection is when you build a kit car, home built, trike or when rebuilding a car with a salvage title.

      We literally drove a Passat B5 wagon in it's service position (no front end) through E-check and they barely even blinked.
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      10-04-2012 11:53 AM #29
      my last inspection was pretty interesting.

      Im in MA, USA - I went to a shady little mom & pop shop in the neighboring town.

      there were a couple things I was worried about failing for (mostly my exhaust and a traction control/ABS light)

      When the guy finally called my name to pull my car around front, I went outside and aired the car up in the parking lot as the inspection guy stared in disbelief, then pulled it into the garage.

      he proceeded to call the rest of the garage over while i layed the car out on its frame in the middle of the shop (upon request by one of the workers).

      literally everyone there was checking the car out, It was a little overwhelming.

      when I asked about the testing process and if he would like me to raise the car to a "legal height" - he said "I dont even want to know, all i can say is youve earned it" and handed me my new sticker.

      probably the most painless inspection ill ever witness.
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      10-04-2012 12:03 PM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by NoDubJustYet View Post
      Yes.


      You still see ****ty cars on the road... they're just from eastern Europe, Spain and Portugal.
      I'll agree with you from the last time I visted my grand mother in Portugal, lol
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      10-04-2012 12:07 PM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by hinshu View Post
      dont have to do the TuV, but the vehicle inspection on base is just as bad.



      i liked showing up last year when i had the bags on the old GTI. Came in fully dropped scraping on the ground.

      German guy was like "you are too low, go home, you fail!"
      I said, "s'all good chief, ill fix that" *presses button*
      German guy "you can't have that, its illegal in germany"
      *hands german guy TuV approved paperwork from bagyard

      he then tries to fail me for anything and everything you can think of. Him, two other germans and a TSgt looked over my car for a good hour with the reg in their hand trying to find something.

      They finally got me on a small little knick in the front glass. So i came back 2 days later, said i replaced th glass, they looked and passed me. (glass wasnt replaced)

      I love it.

      You guys get it pretty easy... Our situation is a little better but that's only dealing with the initial reg - after that they still like to *******s, despite our status.
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      10-04-2012 01:38 PM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by atomicalex View Post
      They stuck a thermocouple into the dipstick port to make sure the engine was warm enough for the emissions test.
      Pics of said "thermocouple in your dipstick port". Or are they NSFW?

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      10-04-2012 01:44 PM #33
      NY inspection is a joke. Since it's done by private shops, there are positives and negatives. Shady ones will either make up things to fix to drum up business, especially if they feel you know nothing about cars. On the other hand, your buddy can slap a sticker on it without looking anything over, for $20 or a case of beer. You can pass with rust holes everywhere, as long as the car is structurally solid. Your whole exhaust can be missing as long as the cat is there. It doesn't matter if you only have one door that opens and the trunk is tied down with rope. Emissions is only for 1996 and newer, and that's a pain in the ass for older cars. My 2000 Cherokee failed every year, then I had to drive it around a while to clear the codes. I'd be back to the shop 3 times before it passed. Had I not intentionally replaced it with a 1995 MY beater, I'd have bought my own reader. 3 older cars in our family have CELs and pass every year after they are cleared.

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      10-04-2012 01:48 PM #34
      Rolled into the little local garage in Killington that lives off stupid winter touron business the last day of April needing an inspection sticker before I left for the summer. Brake wear indicator is lit on the dashboard. 60,000 miles on original brakes and they're shot all the way around.

      "I shouldn't give you a sticker but you'd better get your brakes replaced before you drive it anywhere".

      Gotta love Vermont inspections.

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      10-04-2012 04:48 PM #35
      I can't wait to go there again... initial check and registration for the 126 went very smooth though.

      Luxembourg has some though checks, some are even tougher than they are in Germany (wheel geometry check etc...) and it's a bit of a lottery. If they don't like you you lose. I love to go there after I've been driving like a maniac so the engine compartment and especially the manifold is cherry red, so they don't want to look at the car for too long. Oh, and tuning is a no-go...
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      10-04-2012 05:01 PM #36
      lol inspections

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      10-04-2012 05:13 PM #37
      Quote Originally Posted by VDub2625 View Post
      I once went to get an inspection, I even pulled aside on the road outside to check my bulbs. I pull in, and the front parking light had gone out. In MA at the time, a full emissions inspection, whcih is what I was getting, which was every other year, was $35, and a safety inspection (yearly) was $25. I didn't even get to the emissions part but they still charged me $35.

      I drove home, and changed the bulb, and when I went back, suddenly my plate lights were out. Another $35 please, and still failed. Turns out when I changed the parking light, I opened the trunk, which the hinge of then severed the plate light wires. Twisted the wires together and went back, and failed AGAIN (for something else, can't remember), another $35, and I went somewhere else.

      I since learned that in MA, if you fail, you do have to pay, but a re-test is supposed to be free (you get 3 chances to fix problems). I was pissed at this shop and would never ever go back. It was a mom and pop.

      umm WHAT mass inspection have been $29 since i was able to drive in 1997 sounds like someone was trying to make money off you

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      10-04-2012 05:20 PM #38
      Quote Originally Posted by Woodski View Post
      lol inspections
      Exactly what I was thinking.. CT FTW

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      10-04-2012 05:33 PM #39
      I go to school in New York. My friend that lives with me is from Texas and has a Volvo S90 that he got from his grandfather after he passed away. The car needed to be reregistered from New Jersey (where the grandparents live) to Texas. He was able to do a visual inspection over the phone where he was asked if certain things looked ok. Two weeks later he gets his Texas inspection sticker.

      Meanwhile, I (a NY resident) failed my inspection for minuscule ****.
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      10-04-2012 05:34 PM #40
      They really need to have these kind of inspections in the US, mainly in Chicago... some of the **** on the road you see is just ridiculous. Just the other week I was driving on I-94 heading towards Downtown and I saw a POS rusted out Cavalier lose a wheel while going thru a little bend on the expressway, hitting the guard rail then bouncing off into the shoulder...
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      10-04-2012 05:44 PM #41
      Quote Originally Posted by Klim18 View Post
      They really need to have these kind of inspections in the US, mainly in Chicago... some of the **** on the road you see is just ridiculous. Just the other week I was driving on I-94 heading towards Downtown and I saw a POS rusted out Cavalier lose a wheel while going thru a little bend on the expressway, hitting the guard rail then bouncing off into the shoulder...
      that's awesome.

      i wish i could see cool **** like that.

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      10-04-2012 06:11 PM #42
      it would be nice to having something like that here in CA

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      10-04-2012 06:14 PM #43
      Quote Originally Posted by NJRoadfan View Post
      Most states are doing away with safety inspections. Studies show they aren't all that effective in "increasing safety".
      There are literally a dozen or more small garages within a mile of my house (being right by a large university will do that). Most state in one form or another that you'll pass your inspection or your money back. Feel free to draw your own conclusions.

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      10-04-2012 10:02 PM #44
      Quote Originally Posted by urbanrocketeer View Post
      There are literally a dozen or more small garages within a mile of my house (being right by a large university will do that). Most state in one form or another that you'll pass your inspection or your money back. Feel free to draw your own conclusions.
      NJ has state run inspection stations that are completely free to use for inspecting your vehicle. They can't do repairs, so there is no profit motive in them failing your car for something stupid. There are also private garages that will do inspection for a fee.
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      10-04-2012 10:57 PM #45
      Quote Originally Posted by Lupo TDI View Post
      Luxembourg has some though checks, some are even tougher than they are in Germany (wheel geometry check etc...) and it's a bit of a lottery. If they don't like you you lose. I love to go there after I've been driving like a maniac so the engine compartment and especially the manifold is cherry red, so they don't want to look at the car for too long. Oh, and tuning is a no-go...
      Yeah, I had to go through quite a few inspections in Luxembourg.
      I always brought the car to completely stock beforehand, which meant swapping out the suspension, doing an alignment, swapping lights, wheels and tires,...quite a pain. But I always passed and I never completely slammed the car so the gendarmerie always left me alone.
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      10-04-2012 11:16 PM #46
      Quote Originally Posted by Woodski View Post
      lol inspections
      lol x2

      so happy i live in illinois. wtf is an inspection? no idea!

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      10-04-2012 11:26 PM #47
      Quote Originally Posted by teileguy View Post
      For emissions, I can understand the frustration behind tests, which always seem to be more aggro than anything else. There are a small percentage of cars on the road which contribute to the lions share of emissions. When you ride next to that clapped out expedition with broken exhaust studs, that's misfiring like crazy, you're riding next to an offender. But the majority of folks who own these clunkers don't have money or don't care to fix em, which is why new cars have to be insanely clean. It's a trickle down theory that sorta works, however it's still frustrating. It doesn't help that states try all sorts of plans to rectify this, yet don't stick to them.

      I had my cars registered in a county in PA with no emissions, safety only. I just went to the garage where the 'hillbilly handshake' made sure whatever I brought there passed.
      Which county? Can your address be in one county but have the car registered in another?
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      10-04-2012 11:38 PM #48
      Ahh Alberta, where you can insure and register any POS no problem. Never had to do an inspection, even on cars dating back to the 80s.

      Of course, it depends on your insurance company.
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      10-05-2012 02:50 AM #49
      Quote Originally Posted by Iroczgirl View Post
      I never completely slammed the car so the gendarmerie always left me alone.
      Ha! That's what the TÜV guys said to me. "Oh, you have a sensible amount of lowering, don't worry about this. We just need the paperwork, it will be fine." Then they proceeded to count the coils in the springs.......
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      10-05-2012 05:43 AM #50
      Quote Originally Posted by VDub2625 View Post
      I know they have silly rules over there, but do they make amendments like that retroactive?
      Changes are generally retroactive, but not to cars older than a certain age. For example, I believe that - like in the states - if you owned, for example, a '50s car that didn't originally have seatbelts, you don't require them. No emissions test for old cars either.
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