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Maintenance June 25, 2015

Virginia Vehicle Inspection Checklist

Virginia Vehicle Inspection Checklist.

On any given day, millions of cars and light trucks operating in the United States are due for state inspections. Before going in for your Virginia Vehicle Inspection, we advise you to visually check the following items on your vehicle to save you time and hassle.

Virginia Vehicle Inspection Checklist

1. Check the tread depth

You can use a penny as a measurement – if you can see Lincoln’s head, your tires are too low on tread and will most likely fail. Also, check for tire wear on the outside and inside of the tire. If you see wear on only one side, your car is probably out of alignment.

2. Check your lights

Inspect all the lights on your vehicle – headlights, backlights, reverse lights, marker lights, brake lights, turn signals and an often overlooked area: your tag light. If any of these lights are not working, you will not pass the Virginia Vehicle Inspection. If you notice a condensation build up, this issue could cause you to fail as well.

3. Check your mirrors

Make sure your vehicle doesn’t have any cracked, chipped or missing mirrors.

4. Check your horn

Honk that horn and make sure it’s loud, with no muffled sound.

5. Check your windshield

Be sure your windshield is clear of any cracks or improperly placed stickers, your wipers are properly working, and the defroster is operating.

6. Check your dashboard for any warning lights

If you have a check engine light on, your vehicle will not pass inspection.

7. Listen for any unusual noises

If anything seems out of the ordinary, you may want to bring it in for a checkup.

Once you have visually examined these areas on your car, here is what you can expect the Virginia Tire State Inspection to consist of:

  • Inspect the Brakes
  • Inspect the Parking Brake
  • Inspect the Vehicle Lights
  • Inspect the Signal Devices
  • Inspect Steering & Suspension
  • Inspect the tires, wheels & rims
  • Inspect the mirrors
  • Inspect the horn
  • Inspect the windshield
  • Inspect the windshield wipers and defroster

  • Inspect the exhaust system
  • Inspect the license plate
  • Inspect the hood and are underneath
  • Inspect the air pollution control system
  • Inspect the driver’s seat
  • Inspect the floor pan
  • Inspect the vehicle’s doors
  • Inspect the fuel system
  • Inspect the airbag & airbag readiness light

If all items are approved, an Issue sticker will be given. If any issues are observed, they must be corrected and reinspected within 15 days.

Virginia Tire & Auto offers Virginia State Inspections at all 13 locations:

We recommend getting your inspection performed in the middle of the month and middle of the week for shorter wait times.

Need a Virginia Vehicle Inspection?

If you need to take your car in for a state inspection, but don’t have the time in your day, try VTA Valet. VTA Valet will come to you with a loaner vehicle and take your car to the nearest Virginia Tire & Auto location for service.

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