Many people have asked about what they should expect at their MD State Car Inspection appointment at A&C Auto Center, so we decided to put out this post to outline from start to finish!
Beginning the Inspecting Report
We will take your information including name, address, and phone of the owner of the vehicle as well as information about the vehicle (make, model, year, VIN).
Inspecting the Vehicle
We are required to conduct a test drive, but before we do, we need to make sure your tire size, construction and air pressure is good to go!
Meanwhile, we also check the exterior & dash lamps, mirrors, hood latches, windshield wipers, seat belts, doors, windows, steering wheel, and brakes. This is crucial to make sure you go home with a vehicle that is safe for your to drive.
Inspecting the Interior of the Vehicle
All seat belts must be functional. We also test the parking brake functions, neutral safety switch and gear shift indicators.
Anything related to the brakes are checked now as well, including the lights, brake pedal assembly, and brake pedal reserve.
Steering wheel, high beam indicator lights, turn signals, and all the other lights on the dash are checked as well.
Inspecting the Exterior of the Vehicle
Headlamps, fog, and driving lamps are crucial parts to test. Gas tank cap must be functional. Both rear and front bumpers must be intact. Door latches and handles must be functional.
Inspection Under the Hood
Everything under the hood will be checked at this point. From emission equipment, exhaust, and fuel systems to brake cylinders, brake boosters and fluid levels.
Power steering, steering shafts, and battery and any electrical wiring will be inspected as well.
Inspection underneath the vehicle
At this point, we’re going to put your vehicle on the lift and check all the following.