NC State Safety Inspections – if your vehicle is light-duty, gasoline powered, three years old or less, registered in one of the 48 emissions counties, and has less than 70,000 miles, it is exempt from an emissions inspection under General Statute 20-183.2 and will receive a safety-only inspection.
Cost – The annual vehicle safety inspection costs $13.60. If you are in one of the 48 counties that require onboard diagnostics emissions inspections, the price is $30, which includes both the emissions and safety inspections. Aftermarket window tinting costs an additional $10.
7. Window Tinting – Window tinting must have a light transmittance of 32% or greater. Tint may not be red, yellow, or amber. Windshield tint cannot extend more than 5 inches below the top of the windshield or below the AS1 line, whichever is greater. Total light reflectance of a tinted window shall be 20% or greater.
8. Mirrors – Side and rear view mirrors must be present and in good condition with no cracks or damage. They must be firmly mounted and must be easy to adjust and to set. Forward vision shall not be hindered by any mirror assembly. A rearview mirror is required for all the vehicles in North Carolina unless the vehicle is constructed or regularly loaded in such a way that a rearview mirror will be ineffective. In this case you are required to have a both driver and passenger side mirror.
9. Windshield Glass – Windshield glass is the one component that most people can your name when asked about a safety inspection in North Carolina. This is a component that is frequently damaged and frequently needs replacement. Not all windshield cracks necessitate replacing the windshield. If you have a crack in your windshield, you don’t need to replace it if it doesn’t obstruct the driver’s vision, meaning it can’t be cracked on the driver side of the windshield at all. It shouldn’t affect the operation of the windshield wipers. And it can’t be big enough so that a windshield wiper can get caught up on it. If you can rub a fingernail over the crack and it catches, you will fail the inspection. In any case, it’s always a good idea to have your glass replaced if it’s cracked.
10. Exhaust System – Exhaust system and emissions control devices. For a vehicle that is subject to an emissions inspection in addition to a safety inspection, a visual inspection of the vehicle’s emissions control devices is included in the emissions inspection rather than the safety inspection.
An emissions inspection of a motor vehicle consists of a visual inspection of the vehicle’s emissions control devices to determine if the devices are present, are properly connected, and are the correct type for the vehicle and an analysis of data provided by the on-board diagnostic (OBD) equipment installed by the vehicle manufacturer to identify any deterioration or malfunction in the operation of the vehicle that violates standards for the model year of the vehicle set by the Environmental Management Commission. To pass an emissions inspection a vehicle must pass both the visual inspection and the OBD analysis. When an emissions inspection is performed on a vehicle, a safety inspection must be performed on the vehicle as well.
If your vehicle fails inspection, you can present it for re-inspection within 60 days. If you failed the safety inspection, only the failed components will be reevaluated the second time. If you failed an emissions inspection, the re-inspection is limited to the portion of the vehicle that failed and any other part of the vehicle that may have been affected during repairs to correct that failure.
You may qualify for a waiver if your vehicle fails an emissions inspection due to analysis data provided by the onboard diagnostic equipment and has had documented repairs costing at least $200 made to the vehicle to correct the cause of the failure. If it is respected again and fails because it passes the visual inspection but fails again. In these cases, a consumer may be eligible for a waiver provided the vehicle qualifies under North Carolina General Statute 20–1 83.5.
You can face severe fines if you fail to comply with safety or emissions inspection. If you do not comply, your registration will be blocked from renewal.
Pre-Purchase Vehicle Inspection We offer a pre-purchase inspection for individuals purchasing pre owned vehicles from either dealers, carmax, carvana or private sellers. Some places like Carvana and Carmax offer a no hassle return policy and I lot of our customers will bring the vehicles during the post sale return period. This inspection is designed to give a customer a thorough review of most mechanical component and a general bill of health on the vehicle . Much like a home inspection, the idea is to both inform you of any current defects as well as let you know the overall condition of the vehicle.