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Old 06-27-2007, 09:02 AM
 
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I just tried posting this once before, but something went wrong... anyway, I hope this doesn't get posted twice (I apologize if it does).

I will be moving to Falls Church in about a month and know that the state inspection for vehicles is a little more involved than what I'm used to. I read about it on the DMV website but have a few questions:

First, how often do you have to have your vehicle inspected? Is it yearly to get a new inspection sticker for your windshield?

Also, I read somewhere on the website that you can only have authorized stickers on your windows and glass of the car. I couldn't figure out what would be authorized or not though; I have a few window stickers from my college, and I hope that wouldn't cause me to fail inspection!

If you have any other tips or information I should know, please let me know!
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Old 06-27-2007, 09:24 AM
 
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Yearly safety inspections (window sticker) and bi-yearly emissions inspectons (license plate sticker).

Stickers on the back windows usually won't cause any problems. If you obstruct the windshield or front seat windows with extremely large stickers, you mey get flagged. Heavily tinted windows (presidential) will cause you to fail too if it's on the windshield or front seat windows.
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Old 06-27-2007, 09:28 AM
 
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Great, thanks... these inspections seem like a pain
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Old 06-27-2007, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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They're great though, I'm sure tberg224 and Dingler will come in here and call me a communist for saying it, but I wish more jusidictions did them. It's very noticeable that cars you see with dead bulbs in headlights, mis-aimed headlights, missing or highly cracked windows, missing or rusted out mufflers, etc, mainly come from other states, especially Maryland.

The main trick with inspections is to do them in the middle of the month. If you do them at the end of the month, people who procrastinated will make the lines longer, and if you do them at the beginning of the month, the really bad procrastinators from last month will still be there. For me, I can drop the car off the night before and then take the bus to work, making it very simple, but if I didn't have that choice I'd have to wake up early on a Saturday and get it done then.
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Old 06-27-2007, 01:26 PM
 
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You're probably a communist anyway, jb. But I'd agree, the inspections are a bit of a pain, but geez, it's once a year, and I do feel better that somebody has taken a look at the vast majority of other cars on the road and thought they were okay within the last year or so.

Those really bad procrastinators of course are rewarded by getting an extra month of coverage for free. Cheapskates may be part of the reason to avoid the first couple of days of the month. I usually just grab the morning paper and a tall cup of coffee and go try to be first in line some morning. Usually out and on my way by 7:30 or so...
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Old 06-27-2007, 06:13 PM
 
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I also would find a place near work when I could walk, and just drop it off. They would call me if there was a problem, and usually could fix it by the time I came to pick it up.
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