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Old 02-28-2008, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Piedmont NC
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OK, hubby returned a little while ago from having the other car inspected. He asked the fellow doing the inspection to explain the deal with a cracked, but still-working headlamp. According to the inspector at this station, he can pass the car, if there is no evidence of water in the lamp, and if the crack has been sealed.

So, I'm s-e-t. No water in the lamp, and we sealed the crack ourselves (I think with some super glue) years ago. You know, you can't even see the crack on first look, to be honest.

Hubby will take him my car on Saturday.

Neither he nor I had ever heard of the automated system on auto inspections, and getting a ticket with a $250 fine, in the mail. My car has been out of inspection since last June. I didn't do it on purpose, just happened to notice it a few weeks ago, and since then, have been dreading having to "fight" over the headlamp with some inspection station here.
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Old 02-28-2008, 01:06 PM
 
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Automated, and fines sent out? We're talking about the little state inspection sticker that gets pasted on the left-hand side of the front windshield? Wow, how is it I never got a ticket the two years I was out-of-inspection, then? Is this something relatively new?

Like you, hubby calls this a hidden tax, generating more revenue for the State than actually insuring safe cars are on the roads here.



And as paranoid as I get with all of this technology, can they find me now via my griping here? Sheesh.
Yes, once your vehicle is in the system, i.e. gets it first NC state inspection sticker, then the process is automated. They do give a little leway, meaning it is a number of months before it is mailed. Prior to this they just sent warning/threatening letters, I guess 5 - 6 months after it expired.

When out of inspection, had it previously been inspected in NC? And the process is fairly new in the last couple of years.
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Old 02-28-2008, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Piedmont NC
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My vehicle is a 1994 that I have owned since 1996. I lived in Wilmington, and always had it inspected annually until I ran into the problem the first time with the cracked headlamp. After a trip to the dealer to replace it, my husband trying to do it, and looking for someone to swap it out more reasonably than $200, and still not finding an inspection station there that would pass it, I gave up.

It was out of inspection for at least two years. I had friends who'd point it out to me, repeatedly.

I moved to the Triangle in 2005, still with an expired sticker. Last year, my husband got it inspected finally, on one of his trips to Wilmington, and it expired this past June. I haven't received anything in the mail. The car is registered here in Wake County, and we pay property taxes on it each year. I did get my license plate renewals in the mail, but nothing related to the inspection sticker.

Anyway, I won't be driving it before it goes to the inspector who said he'd look at it, on Saturday. I hardly ever drive, anyway.
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Old 02-28-2008, 02:56 PM
 
Location: California
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The inspection issue sounds like an annoying PITA. Just another income stream with minimal return in the form of safety.

After you pay for an inspection, then how much do you have to pay for vehicle regestration? Are there any other fees collected by the state to have a car on the road?
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Old 02-28-2008, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Uptown CLT (4th Ward)
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Why try to beat the system. Just be honest and get it repaired like everyone else would be required to do. There is always someone out there trying to beat the system. It will back fire one day. Not being mean but if everyone is suppose to follow the same rules...why try to beat the system. You are gonna have this trouble year after year after year...as long as you have that car. Get it fixed or trade cars. Easy solution!
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Old 02-28-2008, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Piedmont NC
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I am not trying to beat the system, or get out of repairing the headlamp. It doesn't need repairing. It works fine. I am being forced to replace it in order to pass inspection, when it works. So we send a headlamp to the landfill before it even needs to be there?

If it works, and my car meets all specifications, what IS the deal?

When it burns out, I won't pass inspection, and at that point I'll be more than happy to replace it. It's routine maintenance. If it burns out two minutes after the inspection, fine; I'll replace it then, or run a risk of getting a ticket for having a burned-out headlamp. Which I won't choose to do. I'll get it fixed. I just question having to replace something that works, simply because it has a crack in it. The crack has been there for a good 5 years at least, and it has consistently worked fine for the past five years.

I just question the cracked headlamp not passing inspection.
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Old 03-05-2008, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Piedmont NC
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Default Mystery solved

OK, I think I know now why I never got a letter/warning/fine from the State in the mail when I refused to pursue getting the automobile inspected because of the headlamp.

The car is a 1994. The letter that came yesterday in reference to my husband's car did say he had to have it inspected by May 1, 2008. I think its sticker expired recently, but he had it inspected this past week. The letter is more in reference to having the emissions inspected, but I realize that is part of the NC Safety Inspection.

And you're right, failing to do so would result in a $250 fine. If you claim you no longer own the vehicle, etc., you also have to provide proof of such.

The letter was generated from the NCDMV/License and Theft Bureau-Emissions here in Raleigh.


Husband says my 1994 is not subject to the emissions inspection, so that may be why I've never seen anything like this. Mine went out of inspection this past June; his just recently.

And mine gets inspected this week!
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Old 03-05-2008, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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OK, I think I know now why I never got a letter/warning/fine from the State in the mail when I refused to pursue getting the automobile inspected because of the headlamp.

The car is a 1994. The letter that came yesterday in reference to my husband's car did say he had to have it inspected by May 1, 2008. I think its sticker expired recently, but he had it inspected this past week. The letter is more in reference to having the emissions inspected, but I realize that is part of the NC Safety Inspection.

And you're right, failing to do so would result in a $250 fine. If you claim you no longer own the vehicle, etc., you also have to provide proof of such.

The letter was generated from the NCDMV/License and Theft Bureau-Emissions here in Raleigh.


Husband says my 1994 is not subject to the emissions inspection, so that may be why I've never seen anything like this. Mine went out of inspection this past June; his just recently.

And mine gets inspected this week!
Yes, it's my understanding that NC OBD emission testing laws only applies to 1996 model-year and newer vehicles. However, vehicles less than 35 years old still must be safety inspected annually.
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Old 03-06-2008, 11:07 AM
 
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Default Another alternative to removing the bumper?

I am not sure if this would work or not but it might be worth checking out. There is a process used on car windsheilds where they inject a resin into the crack which makes it invisible. The cost of doing it is much less than repairing a windshield and they may be able to do it for you on your headlight. Just a thought.

I guess you can also by kits to do it yourself. Here is a link to an article online.
Saturday Mechanic: Repairing Windshields - Popular
Mechanics


Call places in the yellow pages under auto glass. They don't all do it but some do it exclusively. I think Glass-Tek in Greensboro is one place that does it. I have never used them though.

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Old 03-06-2008, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Piedmont NC
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Ah, thank you, rftrader! My husband sealed the crack with super glue, I think, last year -- and it passed inspection. The fellow here, locally, says it depends upon whether this is evidence of water being able to get in, to the bulb, as to whether it can pass. There is no condensation, or water in the headlamp. He'll be carrying my vehicle over to have it inspected this Saturday.

In the meanwhile, it sits in my garage. I don't want a ticket.
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