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Old 11-13-2010, 06:05 PM
 
Location: East Coast
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The problem many people have is where to take your car for inspection because so many shops are dishonest.
You've made an important point. AAA used to have a diagnostic center outside of Philadelphia where you could take your car for state/emissions inspection. They did NO repairs, so they had no reason to tell you that something needed to be fixed when it didn't. If your car passed, you got your stickers. If not, they'd write up a report that you could take to your mechanic, and once you showed proof of repairs being made, AAA would issue the stickers.

Unfortunately, they closed the center down several years ago.
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Old 11-15-2010, 03:14 AM
 
Location: Wherever I May Roam...
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Although I don't agree with the need for vehicle inspections, I do, however, agree with the idea of a "diagnostic center" the previous poster mentioned.

The state should just take the inspections and emissions checks out of private garages altogether and open 67 state-owned and managed inspection/emissions centers, one for each county. Whether a move like this or not would be feasible financially, I haven't a clue. But it does sound like a good idea.
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Old 11-15-2010, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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Although I don't agree with the need for vehicle inspections, I do, however, agree with the idea of a "diagnostic center" the previous poster mentioned.

The state should just take the inspections and emissions checks out of private garages altogether and open 67 state-owned and managed inspection/emissions centers, one for each county. Whether a move like this or not would be feasible financially, I haven't a clue. But it does sound like a good idea.
It certainly wouldn't be feasible in terms of convenience. One emissions center for all of Allegheny county? Bucks county? Philadelphia county? You'd be waiting for hours, if not days, for your car to be ready.
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Old 11-15-2010, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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I don't think people should be putting others at risk should their car have a mechanical failure at an inopportune time, regardless of whether their personal financial situation allows them to repair the vehicle.
Being forced by the state to have your car inspected does not preclude it from experiencing mechanical failure between inspections.

And when is there an opportune time for one's car to break down?
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Old 11-15-2010, 04:35 PM
 
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It certainly wouldn't be feasible in terms of convenience. One emissions center for all of Allegheny county? * * * You'd be waiting for hours, if not days, for your car to be ready.
They could put the inspection center in what is now the casino parking garage and open it during Steelers games. Half price for Pirates if you show your ticket stub.
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Old 11-16-2010, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Selinsgrove, PA
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My husband was just saying the other day that back in the '70s you used to see a lot of rusted-out fenders and such. Then that didn't seem to be an issue any more, maybe due to better metals or more fiberglass - ??? Now suddenly we've been noticing a lot of rusty vehicles again. Wonder if it has anything to do with the brine solution sprayed on the roads before a snowstorm - salt + metal = holes! Just a thought.
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Old 11-18-2010, 03:27 AM
 
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It certainly wouldn't be feasible in terms of convenience. One emissions center for all of Allegheny county? Bucks county? Philadelphia county? You'd be waiting for hours, if not days, for your car to be ready.
Okay, you're right. That is a very good point. I never did think of that.
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Old 11-18-2010, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Hooterville PA
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Although I don't agree with the need for vehicle inspections, I do, however, agree with the idea of a "diagnostic center" the previous poster mentioned.

The state should just take the inspections and emissions checks out of private garages altogether and open 67 state-owned and managed inspection/emissions centers, one for each county. Whether a move like this or not would be feasible financially, I haven't a clue. But it does sound like a good idea.
What is your occupation badguykc?
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Old 11-18-2010, 11:42 AM
 
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Vehicle inspections and mandatory insurance make the roads safer. End of story.
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Old 11-18-2010, 02:28 PM
 
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My husband was just saying the other day that back in the '70s you used to see a lot of rusted-out fenders and such. Then that didn't seem to be an issue any more, maybe due to better metals or more fiberglass - ??? Now suddenly we've been noticing a lot of rusty vehicles again. Wonder if it has anything to do with the brine solution sprayed on the roads before a snowstorm - salt + metal = holes! Just a thought.
Maybe it just has to do with cars getting older - most people still drive even if they can't buy a new(er) car. I think I heard somewhere that the cars on the road are older on average now than they've ever been.
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