Texas State Inspections

You will have to pay the inspection fee irrespective of whether your car passes or fails the inspection. However, in case your car fails the inspection, you will have a 30-day window during which you can fix the issues and bring it back.

If you fail to present your car again during this period or the car fails the inspection again, you will have to make another payment for the inspection.

The amount you will be required to pay can vary due to various factors. The age of your vehicle, how many miles it has, the type of vehicle you own, the emission requirement of the vehicle, and even the county you’re in all play a role.

Additionally, different places have different policies about the mode of payment they accept. So you may want to look into it in advance.

What is the Inspector Looking At?

Now that you have all the paperwork out of the way let’s look at what is being inspected.

Following is a list of things the inspector will examine during the inspection.

Horn Steering

Seat belts

Rear-view mirrors

Side-view mirrors

Brakes system Tires

Exhaust system

Exhaust emission system(in the case of gasoline cars)

Stop lamps

Tail lamps

Headlights Beam indicator

Wheel assembly

Gas caps

Windshield wipers

Turn signals

License plate lamp

Rear red light reflectors

Window tint Motor/Vehicle/Serial identification number

The entire process should take around 15 to 30 minutes.

Commons Reasons a Vehicle Fails the Inspection

It is recommended that you do your own pre-inspection before taking your car to the professionals to ensure that everything goes smoothly.

However, there are certain things that most people overlook during their pre-inspection and end up failing the inspection.

Here are some easily overlooked things you must pay attention to.

Damaged windshield wipers

Worn-out tires Damages or burned-out lights

Issues with service engine lights

Issue with the parking brakes

Most people end up looking at the more obvious issues with the car.

And while it is necessary to fix the bigger issues before taking your car for inspection, it is equally important to focus on the smaller issues if you want your car to pass the test.

So make sure that you do a thorough analysis of the car and fix any issues that you may notice. Or else you may have to take a second trip to pass the inspection.

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