Originally Posted by Hollowman
I had to pay 33.75 and that was for my car failing because of window tint that was put on before I bought the car. Crooked ass people. And it won't be free when I have to go back after I peel all the tint off. These stations are as crooked as the dmv. It was 23.75 for the inspection and they charged me 10 bucks for window tinting of which they neither put on or removed. At the bottom of the paper it says they can't charge no more than 30 bucks but they damn sure did. And window tint is something they have to check during an inspection anyway, so how can they charge me for having to check it. They are also not supposed to charge me again when I take it back which I was also told I would be charged for. Do not take your vehicle to the oil well to have it inspected. They are crooks.
The didn't charge you more than 30 dollars for the inspection, they charged you an additional 10 dollars to test your tint, something they are allowed to do.
The fee's break down like this. 1996 and newer 23.75 for the inspection, 6.25 for the "sticker" total of 30 dollars.
1995 and older is 12.75 for the inspection 85 cents for the *sticker*
total of 13.60 for the inspection
Vehicles over 35 years old are exempted from inspection.
Any passenger vehicles with aftermarket tint are charged an additional 10 dollar fee to *test* the light transmittance of the tint, it must be equal or greater than 32%.
Only certain windows on certain vehicles are tested. Most passenger cars this includes *all* windows.
Vans, trucks and SUV's, only windows from the rear of the drivers seat forward, windshield included. Windows behind this point can be painted black for all the rules care.
Motorcycle inspections are 12.75 for the inspection and 85 cents for the sticker, as is a trailer inspection. Yes, In NC, trailers must be inspected.
Not all shops have the *stickers* to inspect all vehicles. No tint testing on motorcycles or trailers.
If your vehicle fails inspection, you will pay for the inspection only, and window tint test if applicable, and you have 60 days to return to the same station to get your *one* free re-inspection(after the first one, shops can legally charge you again, even if you still haven't passed-most don't, but they can)
If you pass at this point you will pay the sticker portion of the test, but will not be charged for window tint testing again(if your windows were tinted) However, the shop may retest the windows again if this was the reason for the failure in the first place(generally if the tint was replaced with a legal type, if it was totally removed there would be no reason to test again.).
If your vehicle fails for "Not Ready", you will not be charged. However, a not ready on a re-inspect could be construed as your "free" re-inspection.
This is left up to the shops discretion.
If you go to a second station, they will charge you full price.