Drivers Still Adjusting To New Inspection Rules

North Carolina automobile owners are still getting used to an inspection system requiring safety and emissions checks before car license plates can be renewed.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Tuesday that the Division of Motor Vehicles is rejecting more than 1,000 car owners every workday because they tried to renew their registration before their automobiles were inspected.

DMV spokeswoman Marge Howell says that's about one of every four mail-in renewals the agency handles.

The vehicle inspection law that took effect in November 2008 harmonized annual inspection and registration dates so they fell within the same month.

The problem is that some motorists don't realize the renewals require the inspection first, then registration.

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  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Greenville on Feb 23, 2010 at 02:41 PM
    Please realize that if you feel that a shop is being dishonest when doing an inspection you can report them directly to the DMV for fradulent charges and not doing a proper inspection. The shop can lose there license to do inspections if they get enough complaints. Keep in mind that if they are charging for work they did not do then are they really checking everything they are supposed to check? Think about how many cars they may have not inspected properly that you may end up driving behind which may have safety issues. Like bald tires or other issues. My only complaint about the new safety items is that on older cars they dont care which in my opinion it should be the opposite cars under 5 years or newer should not be checked to hard and older cars should be scrutinized more as they are the ones that most people seem to neglect the most.
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Greenville on Feb 23, 2010 at 02:36 PM
    To Nauti1 ... You should not have paid for it then and complained. I would never pay for a service that they did not do. Which is why I always watch what they are doing when they inspect my vehicles. You have to watch mechanic shops. I once had to take a coworkers vehicle to get it inspected because they falsely failed it because they claimed she needed windshield wipers. I took it to another shop and they inspected it and I waited until they finished the inspection and asked about the wipers. The guy told me that there was nothing wrong with the wipers and that all it was was a way to get extra money from the customer. Report them to the DMV.
  • by nauti1 Location: washington on Feb 23, 2010 at 12:42 PM
    i went to get my truck inspected and they charged a extra 10.00 to adjust my headlight. ONE PROBLEM!!! they never touched my headlight because i stood there the whole time watching. what a waste.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 23, 2010 at 12:35 PM
    If they get your money it passes if no money it fails, very simple. Feed the government, Purdue has more trips she wants to take.
  • by Anon Location: Pitt County on Feb 23, 2010 at 12:30 PM
    If your check engine light is on in Pitt County and you have OBDII then you fail. Many times the check engine light can give a false read. Money grab plain and simple. Go back to the old way and stop this computer scan mess. Older cars are grandfathered and many of them are the worst ones. If you are going to check emissions then hook a hose to the tail pipe and see what kind of pollutants are in the exhaust then you can test everyone.
  • by Bill Location: Greenville on Feb 23, 2010 at 11:01 AM
    Doesn't matter if your car can pass or not. There is always someone out there that will gladly take your money and pass your car. The junk cars will still be on the road.
  • by Jonathan Location: Plymouth on Feb 23, 2010 at 10:33 AM
    To Concerned Driver....drinking the kool aid I see. Inspections are a joke! The new system is computer based and all the inspectors due is fill out what is needed in the computer and bam you are done, they don't even need to look at the car and most don't. There is NO statistic anywhere that says these inspections work. It is a tax nothing more.
  • by Johnny Location: New Bern on Feb 23, 2010 at 10:22 AM
    I have a car that I drive for work purposes only. Car is old, check engine light has been on for about 4 years. Nothing that is a safety issue. And I refuse to get it inspected b/c I would have to pay more money than the car is worth to get it fixed. I will just take my chances with not getting stopped since I don't drive it but for work purposes.
  • by MamaD Location: Wilson on Feb 23, 2010 at 10:00 AM
    Hey, we can put our own sticker on our windshield if it will help us remember when to get the inspection. Otherwise, we will all end up paying court costs, and attorneys for expired tags, registration, etc.
  • by Mike Location: Pantego on Feb 23, 2010 at 09:05 AM
    You are exactly right.It is nothing more than a tax hidden behinde the word saftey.Same as seatbelts and helmets.If the vehicle inspection was there for saftey then there would be a bunch of cars off the road.Even if a vehicle fails,the driver can leave to go get the problem corrected so is really about saftey or money?
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