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Old 10-01-2019, 10:04 PM
 
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Pa is ahead of the curve in requiring vehicle inspections. Don't drive an unsafe car and it isn't an issue. They'll catch little things( burnt out parking bulbs) as well as major safety issues... brakes and tires being worn or faulty exhausts. Plus you have to prove you have insurance coverage. Philly will probably be more expensive but take a drive to the suburbs and you might get a break.
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Old 10-01-2019, 10:34 PM
 
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I've had cars inspected in four other states and I agree that Pennsylvania is the most rigorous, however I trust our mechanic to only flag things that truly need fixing..
Interesting thread. We're relocating in a few months to PA. Where I live currently you only have to get a smog test to register your car. Question: in PA are there only certain inspectors that are certified to do the inspections? In my state the smog tests are done at a state-run emission testing place (there are many of them all over the state), not by private mechanics. In PA can you just take your car to a regular dealership service dept? We always take our cars to the local Ford dealership service dept for routine services and repairs. Would that satisfy in PA?
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Old 10-02-2019, 08:02 AM
 
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Question: in PA are there only certain inspectors that are certified to do the inspections? In my state the smog tests are done at a state-run emission testing place (there are many of them all over the state), not by private mechanics. In PA can you just take your car to a regular dealership service dept? We always take our cars to the local Ford dealership service dept for routine services and repairs. Would that satisfy in PA?



Most likely, yes. Technically, the auto shop or dealership has to be a certified inspection location - there's even an old, standard sign: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/3d/83...cdc1a777b2.jpg


Almost every mechanic,or dealership you find will be a certified location.
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Old 10-03-2019, 07:48 AM
 
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Having moved from out of state also I agree, huge conflict of interest

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hello Eureka, as someone who has previously lived and had their car inspected as part of the registration process in California (and Texas, and Tennessee, and Michigan, and New York), let me be the first to explain to you that the inspection process in PA is far more elaborate than it is in CA (and Texas, and Tennessee, and Michigan, and New York), and leaves a lot of room for money-making extortion-style unnecessary car fixes. This is not your standard California left blinker, right blinker, headlight, tail light check. You live in Eureka - probably safe to say you aren't swimming in money - how would you feel if you took your car to get inspected and they told you your brake pads or rotor needed replacing/repair to the tune of $300-400? In addition to the standard $230 registration fee? If you decline, your car "fails" inspection and is not officially registered (ie. you are driving it illegally). Would that sit well with you?
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