This safety evaluation is what is commonly referred to as the “State Inspection,” or more properly the “State Safety Inspection.” This inspection tests a number of the vehicle’s various components for safety and performance.
Safety inspections for passenger cars and light-duty trucks require that the following items be checked: suspension components, steering, braking systems, tires and wheels, lighting and electrical systems, glazing (glass), mirrors, windshield washer, defroster, wipers, fuel systems, the speedometer, the odometer, the exhaust systems, horns and warning devices, the body, and chassis.
Depending on your county and/or vehicle type, additional testing may be required. Contact us today if you have any questions
1996 and newer vehicles are equipped with an onboard computer that controls all aspects of engine performance with regard to fuel, spark, and air. As long as all aspects of this computer are functioning correctly, then the vehicle’s emissions meet federal standards. However, if any of the computer’s sensors or relays are malfunctioning, they need to be repaired or replaced for the vehicle to be considered federally compliant. The emissions test is a state mandated test of these computer systems.
First, the technician does a visual inspection of the vehicle’s relevant emissions components. Once the technician is satisfied that everything is in place, the vehicle’s gas cap is tested to ensure that it is airtight. Finally, a computerized emissions tester is plugged into the vehicle which runs a full set of On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) tests. If everything is functioning as it should, the emissions tester will report no errors and the vehicle has passed the Emissions Test. If anything is malfunctioning, the emissions tester will deliver an error code which is used to identify what repairs are needed. These computerized emissions testers are regulated by the PA Department of Transportation and are quality tested for accuracy twice a year.
Before you commit to buying a used vehicle from a 3rd party, or even if you're looking at a pre-owned car at a dealership, don't rely on the word of a salesman as to the quality of a vehicle. All too many times have we seen someone buy a used car and have it fail due to unreported mechanical or electrical issues. Don't let that happen to you.
We are more than happy to give your prospective purchase a thorough inspection to make sure that you're not in for any hidden surprises. We will let you know what's good, what's not so good, and what red flags you should be aware of. Peace of mind is priceless