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Old 05-26-2011, 10:37 PM
 
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I have to get my 11 year old car inspected for the first time in NC. I don't think it'll fail, but it never hurts to know of a station that's generally an "easy" pass. Any suggestions in the CH/Durham area appreciated. thanks.
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Old 05-27-2011, 05:09 AM
 
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no one is dumb enough to answer that lol
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Old 05-27-2011, 06:02 AM
 
Location: Oxxford Hunt, Cary NC
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Take it to an "inspection center" that doesn't do car repairs. That way you know you won't be scammed into paying for unnecessary repairs because your car will "fail" without them.
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Old 05-27-2011, 06:06 AM
 
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no one is dumb enough to answer that lol
agreed.

that being said, everything is so monitored, there isn't an easy or hard inspection.
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Old 05-27-2011, 06:40 AM
 
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An 11 year old car requires a safety and an OBD-II test. Just make sure that the obvious things like lights are all working. Wiper blades are also checked.

Frank
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Old 05-27-2011, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Downtown Durham, NC
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Also remember that if you fail, you get a free re-inspection within 30 days (I think this is still the case-- can someone verify?). Don't be pressured into buying $75 wiper blades or a $50 brake light because you'll fail without them. Run up to the auto parts store and fix them yourself for $10.
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Old 05-27-2011, 07:02 AM
 
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How about making sure the car meets the requirements to be on the road and not try and pull one over.
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Old 05-27-2011, 07:44 AM
 
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@ adlnc07: Thanks, that's excellent advice. Didn't realize those existed down here (they don't exist in MA).
@ wolfcub: love the self-righteousness, lol. I guess you prefer to spend extra time and money when not necessary.
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Old 05-27-2011, 07:48 AM
 
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I always get my oil changed or some other maitenence that needs to be done at the same time as the inspection. The station makes very little money from inspections. Hardly enough to pay the guy doing the inspections. I always sense a more forgiving attitude from the garage when I do this. I also use the same place for other car needs and TIP your mechanic!
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Old 05-27-2011, 07:52 AM
 
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Just take it to places that don't do repairs - like oil change shops. I'm from New England too and they are a bit easier on inspection down here.

LOL - Most cars don't get past 10 yrs up north but here they are a dime a dozen.
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