For those asking, “Where can I get my car inspected?” the answer depends on why you want to get an inspection in the first place. There are typically two reasons to get a car inspected:

  1. You want to evaluate a used car before buying or selling
  2. You want to meet state vehicle safety regulations

Let’s take a look at each scenario.

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Pre-Purchase Used Car Inspections

When buying a used car you obviously want to look over the vehicle first. You can do this on your own, but in some cases it might be easier to get a qualified car inspector to check out the car. Perhaps you are considering a car that is far from where you live, maybe even in another state. Instead of making the long drive, you can arrange to have a professional inspection done and get the results emailed to you.

Even if you can inspect the car yourself, an experienced pair of eyes might detect hidden problems. For example, qualified car inspectors know where to look to find rust damage that the average used car buyer might miss.

Inspect Before Selling Used

Some used car sellers opt to get their car inspected before they sell. When advertising your car, a qualified inspection can set your vehicle apart from other similar models on sale. This can increase potential buyer confidence.

Where Can I Get A Pre-Purchase Car Inspection?

You can get virtually any car in the United States inspected before you buy. CARCHEX has a team of qualified inspectors across the country so you can get a detailed report on any car usually within three business days.

These reports cover in detail many areas of the car giving you valuable information when making a used car purchase. The reports are not full mechanical assessments, but they do provide a 155 point inspection on things like car body condition, paint, interior, tires, and the electrical system.

State Vehicle Inspection Requirements

Each state decides on its vehicle inspection requirements. Some states require an inspection every year or every two years. Other states, like Maryland, only require an inspection prior to registration or when the title changes hands. Currently, there are 30 states that do not require any regular vehicle inspection at all.

Inspections are carried out by state operated inspection centers or by privately owned garages authorized by the state department of transportation. Check with your local DMV to see if you are required to get your car inspected.

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Published in CARCHEX Vehicle Inspection Resources by CARCHEX on June 2, 2015