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Old 06-21-2008, 10:55 PM
 
Location: Lake Norman, NC
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Default NC Auto Safety Inspection

Have a question about how safety inspections are recorded.

When you take your car to a place for inspection and they fail it for a "subjective" repair issue, is that item documented in the computer system?

Reason being, one of my cars just failed and I don't believe there's a problem versus this shop just trying to make a buck off me. If I bring the car to another shop for inspection, will they be able to tell it failed already and the reason?
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Old 06-22-2008, 05:09 AM
 
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That's a good question. My gut feeling would be that they would know, because I am sure there would be something in the system that says you are taking the vehicle in for a reinspection. How else would they know what to reinspect? I am curious though to hear from others who actually know the real answer!
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Old 06-22-2008, 06:38 AM
 
Location: Southern NC
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I don't think so....if you don't trust the station you took it in to, it's your perogative to get a second opinion.
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Old 06-22-2008, 08:56 AM
 
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Points out one of the major flaws of the NC inspection system, the gullible, those with very little knowledge about the workings of vehicles, the elderly, the trusting, and those that are just not paying attention, are all at the mercy of thousands and thousands of businesses out to make a buck, and bilk the public.
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Old 06-22-2008, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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from my understanding, if your car fails inspection, they are supposed to put a special sticker in place of the regular sticker to identify your car as a fail inspection car. Did they do this?

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Old 06-22-2008, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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from my understanding, if your car fails inspection, they are supposed to put a special sticker in place of the regular sticker to identify your car as a fail inspection car. Did they do this?
I haven't heard that, but starting on October 1st, all windshield vehicle inspection stickers will be discontinued.

NCDENR - Division of Air Quality - Motor Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance (I/M) Program - Vehicle Owner
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Old 06-22-2008, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Lake Norman, NC
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from my understanding, if your car fails inspection, they are supposed to put a special sticker in place of the regular sticker to identify your car as a fail inspection car. Did they do this?
No they left the old decal. They did give me an official NC Inspection sheet showing that it failed one of the categories (ie - brakes, lights, steering, etc.) and gives me a 30 grace period to have repairs done. It does say I need to present this sheet to avoid repaying the inspection fee, but they hand wrote the specific item they failed it for.
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Old 06-22-2008, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Southern NC
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No they left the old decal. They did give me an official NC Inspection sheet showing that it failed one of the categories (ie - brakes, lights, steering, etc.) and gives me a 30 grace period to have repairs done. It does say I need to present this sheet to avoid repaying the inspection fee, but they hand wrote the specific item they failed it for.

In my experience, if they can't inspect it, and don't put on the sticker, they don't charge you the inspection fee.
In the past they couldn't inspect my car...once due to bad windshield wipers, and the other time due to illegal window tint....I didn't get a sticker, I didn't have to pay......
When I resolved the issues, I had it inspected....
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Old 06-22-2008, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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May we ask what it failed for?
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