Here in North Carolina, our state’s Department of Transportation (NCDOT) requires that everyone’s cars be inspected for basic safety and exhaust emissions every year. Your car must pass it’s NC state inspection before you can renew your registration for the upcoming year. Auto Pro to Call, located in Chapel Hill, NC, is a licensed inspection station, enabling us to perform your NC state inspection and help you keep your car on the road legally for another 12 months. We all have to do it, but many people feel that state inspections are inconvenient or a ripoff, but not if you bring your car to us! Auto Pro to Call is Chapel Hill’s premier provider of NC state vehicle emissions and safety inspections
To pass an NC state inspection, you must first bring your car to a state-licensed inspection station. Here in Chapel Hill, you have a number of options, but none are better than Auto Pro to Call, located at 1809 N. Fordham Boulevard. Inspecting your vehicle involves two main phases: the vehicle safety inspection and the on-board diagnostics (OBD) emissions inspection.
During the safety inspection we check your headlights, turn signals, reverse lights, and others to ensure none of them are burned out. We also inspect your brakes, tires, steering, windshield wipers, and other basic safety systems for proper function.
During the emissions inspection, we connect a computer to your car’s on-board diagnostics (OBD) system. The OBD is a computer that monitors and controls your car’s engine, transmission, exhaust, and other key systems. OBDs have been standard equipment on all new vehicles since 1996. By connecting to your car’s OBD, we can communicate with it and find out if there are any issues with your emissions.
After your car passes both the safety and emissions inspections, we can send the information to the NCDOT electronically. Then, you can pay your vehicle’s registration fees and taxes to the state to renew your registration for another year. The state inspection is due no more than 90 days before your plate expires. If you fail to have your car inspected and allow your registration to expire, you’ll be subject to a late fee and fine if you’re pulled over.
The state of North Carolina has allowed exemptions from the safety and emissions inspections for older cars. If you’re driving a classic that’s at least 35 years old or older, your car is exempt from the vehicle safety inspection. Also, if your car is a 1995 model or older, uses diesel fuel, or is licensed under the farmer rate, you’re exempt from the OBD emissions inspection. That means that beautiful old classics can be kept on the road legally without being subject to modern safety and emissions standards. Finally, if your car was made in the past 3 years and has fewer than 70,000 miles, you might qualify for an exemption on your emissions inspection.
Right now, the state of North Carolina mandates a cost of $30 for an OBD emissions inspection and $13.60 for a safety inspection. Keep in mind that after you pay us to complete your NC state inspection, you’ll also have to pay the state Department of Transportation to renew your license. This includes a renewal fee and property taxes on your car. For further information or to pay your tag and tax online, we encourage you to visit the NCDOT’s “Tag & Tax Together” page on their website.
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Unfortunately, not all vehicles pass an NC state inspection on the first try. Maybe your tires are a bit more worn than you thought, your wiper blades just aren’t in good enough shape, your brake pads are too old, or you have a brake light that’s burned out. Perhaps your “Check Engine” light just came on and is preventing your car from passing the OBD vehicle emissions test. Whatever the issue, Auto Pro to Call is here to help! In the event your car is going to fail our inspection, we’ll let you know immediately what needs to be done. That way, we can make the needed repairs fast and get your car passed. Plus, we’ll never recommend a repair that isn’t truly necessary, so there’s no need to worry about getting ripped off like you might at another shop in town. We don’t work like that! At Auto Pro to Call, we’re here to build your trust and keep your car on the road as long as possible.
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