Getting your vehicle inspected periodically is an important part of keeping it street-legal. If your vehicle fails inspection for the first time, all hope is not lost. It simply means that you need to get it tested and inspected again. There are several ways in which this procedure can be completed. Let’s discuss what unable-to tests are, along with the protocol for retests and what to do in case of vehicle inspection failure.
The Unable-To Test
First of all, you should know what the unable-to test is. This is when the inspector determines that they cannot test your car, truck, or other vehicles. Please note that this can happen for one of three reasons: it is dangerous to test the vehicle, there are hazards, or doing so presents a health risk. For instance, the vehicle could be actively smoking when you bring it in for an inspection. It could also be because there is clear damage to an exhaust system complete with audible leaking. Perhaps the vehicle is leaking fluids, or the tires look worn down and thus unsafe. Perhaps there are no brakes present or the brakes are inoperable? That is another possibility. If the check engine light is on, then it makes the vehicle difficult to inspect.
Failed inspections earn a “failed inspection” sticker placed on the vehicle. Then you have 20 calendar days to fix the problem, whatever it is. Then it should be able to pass the test and be re-inspected safely. You will receive a report that indicates which items failed to pass the inspection.
The Retesting Process
Finally, let’s glimpse the retesting process. After receiving the failure notice, you must retest the vehicle within 20 calendar days. However, to make this easier, you are entitled to two free re-inspections. If you get a third test, then you will need to pay for it. You will also need to pay a late fee if you do not complete this process inside the 20-day grace period window.
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