3 Essential Repairs To Complete Before Taking Your Vehicle To Be Inspected

Posted on: 21 March 2019

Have you recently purchased a vehicle? Do you sill need to get it registered? Vehicle registration can be a frustrating process for many people. You have to have your vehicle inspected and then wait in long lines at the DMV to actually get the title transferred and the vehicle put in your name. It's the first step that gets many people when they discover that their vehicle isn't able to pass its inspection. In order to try to avoid this fate, it's a good idea to have your vehicle fixed now before you take it for an inspection. Although there are multiple things that will be checked, some of the most important things that you may have overlooked until now are listed below.

Tires: A visual inspection of your tires is not going to be sufficient to ensure that they have enough tread to pass inspection. Vehicle inspection services will use a special gauge to check the depth of your tread. There are DIY methods of measuring your tread depth, but the best way to be sure is to buy a gauge of your own at the local auto parts store. These gauges sell for only a couple dollars and will more than pay for themselves when you end up not needing to get your vehicle re-inspected if it doesn't actually pass. 

Brakes: Some vehicle inspection services will only check the stopping power of your brakes to verify that they are operating within parameters. Others will also actually visually inspect the brakes to see how worn out they are. Although only checking the stopping power is easier and faster, it doesn't necessarily give you the whole story. Brakes may appear to be working now only to fail a week from now due to being too worn out. Make sure to have your brakes inspected and replaced on a regular basis to avoid brake failure.

Lights: Unlike many other aspects of your vehicle, it can be very difficult to tell that your lights aren't at 100% if nobody mentions them to you. But vehicle inspection services will check all of your exterior lights to make sure that they are all functioning properly. If any of your lights are dead or broken, you're not going to pass the inspection. Fortunately, many vehicles have turn signal and headlight bulbs that are easily replaced without needing to go to the mechanic. You may not even need more than a screwdriver to complete the repair. The employees at your local auto parts store can point you to the correct parts and any instruction manuals you might need.