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  • pchuck88 Feb 28, 2013

    i had to pay 250 for inspection because of engine light was on

  • oldrebel Feb 27, 2013

    Another wasteful bureaucracy . . . good sense to let it go.

  • I know some stuff Feb 26, 2013

    How many cars fail emissions in the first 50,000 miles? Close to None, because manufacturers warranty such systems for 50k.
    Easy compromise...Cars younger than 3 yrs, and less than 50k, don't need them.
    Why not add some 'intelligence' to the decision of WHICH cars need Inspection? Oh, forgot, we're talking gov't.

  • gurmurgruh Feb 26, 2013

    yes, please do away with these ridiculous inspections. any vehicle could pass inspection today and then have a headlamp or a brake light to burn out the next day and then drive around for a whole year until the next inspection is due. what good is that? why does a brand new vehicle need an inspection a year later for? maybe in 3 to 5 years possibly? it's a money making racket that only the inspection stations benefit from the profits.

  • corgimom06 Feb 26, 2013

    I wonder what the comparisson is with other states that don't have safety inspections? Personally I am more worried about un-insured drivers.

  • inspectionbuster Feb 26, 2013

    well i read the House Bill and yes we would save $14 per year without safety inspections. The only downsides are the dozens of accidents and maybe a few fatalities per year, the 8 to maybe 15 thousand inspectors that would lose their jobs(oops), we,d still have to get emission test which will be hard with most of the stations closing( waits are est. to be several hours to weeks!!), oh, and our insurance premiums would rise about 10-20%, and finally our registration renewal would rise to between $51 to well over $100 depending on vehicle. But how about that $14 savings,Huh!!

  • WageSlave Feb 26, 2013

    Safety "should" be a responsibility of all drivers regardless of income. In short, if you cannot afford to be safe then you need to find other methods of transportation and not endanger others. Government mandated? No!
    NC Red Shirt

    You going to give that speach to the guy that plows into you and your family because he was to sorry to keep his old truck safe?

  • Spock Feb 26, 2013

    Safety "should" be a responsibility of all drivers regardless of income. In short, if you cannot afford to be safe then you need to find other methods of transportation and not endanger others. Government mandated? No!

  • WageSlave Feb 25, 2013

    What do they really check that keeps you safe? The tires? Lights? (we have laws for lights already), wipers? LOL. They dont check your brakes, steering, etc. Now can I get my windows tinted as dark as I want?
    vinylcarwraps23

    My guy checks my Ball joints, tie rod ends, and steering from underneath as they are all suppose too.

    In fact, my honda failed a few years ago for worn ball joints. I went home, changed both sides out and she was good to go.

  • Crumps Br0ther Feb 25, 2013

    Michigan and Minnesota don't have inspections are they more or less dangerous to drive in than here?
    ykm

    I grew up and learned to drive in Micigan. Driving around Detroit, depending on the neighborhood can get pretty dangerous, but an inspection sticker wouldn't make you any safer in those kinds of situations. Michigan also tried to have random police checkpoints and that got voted down a few different times. I would love for NC to get ride of those too. I don't believe checkpoints makes the roads that much safer, it's just a money grab for the state, same as this inspection nonsense

  • wayneboyd Feb 25, 2013

    It would really come as a relief.

  • Brian Jenkins Feb 25, 2013

    Michigan and Minnesota don't have inspections are they more or less dangerous to drive in than here?
    ykm
    February 25, 2013 1:57 p.m.
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    What season?

  • Brian Jenkins Feb 25, 2013

    The extra $10.00 is for whom, the state, the service dealer, the machanic because it can't be for me, I am the one left with an empty space in my wallet.
    airbornemonty
    February 23, 2013 3:06 p.m.
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    Its to cover their $2 "made in China" tint tester and the minute it takes to check each window.

  • Brian Jenkins Feb 25, 2013

    State inspections are nothing but a tax. Let law enforcement stop vehicles that have bald tires or lights that do not work.... A person can get a car inspected and the same day a head-light burns out.....and can travel highways for a full year because they just passed a worthless inspection.
    lessismore
    February 25, 2013 11:16 a.m.
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    WHats happening. I actaully agree with you!!

  • Brian Jenkins Feb 25, 2013

    What do they really check that keeps you safe? The tires? Lights? (we have laws for lights already), wipers? LOL. They dont check your brakes, steering, etc. Now can I get my windows tinted as dark as I want?

  • ykm Feb 25, 2013

    Michigan and Minnesota don't have inspections are they more or less dangerous to drive in than here?

  • busyb97 Feb 25, 2013

    I'm sorry....I will pay the $13 if it means they can catch unsafe vehicles. Yes some things may not seem a big deal, but very well could be.....but how many big deals ARE caught and made to be corrected. Maintenance is an easy thing to overlook or skip when money is tight. But it usually bites you in the rear later with a BIGGER bill to fix something when it breaks.

    And if accidents are reducedy 27%, that is alot!!! For every four cars on the road, one is saved from a potential accident and life change.

  • WageSlave Feb 25, 2013

    Because your 98 is OBDII. This was introduced in 96 And how do ya figure one should have an emission inspection and the other doesn't. yep OBD11 like that makes any sense. It's a scam that should be done away with.
    ykm

    I agree the emissions part is a scam, as are property taxes on vehicles. Again, thats why I have a 85 honda and a 75 suburban.

  • aspenstreet1717 Feb 25, 2013

    Most states have realized that the inspections are a waste of time and money. Hopefully NC will follow the other states in getting rid of the inspection. About time.

  • superman Feb 25, 2013

    "We all cant be upstanding citizens like you. I never do any of the above, and I cant be the only one out there on the roads who doesnt give a flip about maintenance or checking their tires. You are bound to run into me or my ilk at one point or another on the roads. No matter how safe you think you are, the inspection that I have to undergo each year makes the roads safer for you and your family. They always find something wrong with my car and afterwards I fix it and go on my merry way. Cya on the streets"

    Guess you dont brush your teeth either.

  • GravyPig Feb 25, 2013

    "Just recently moved from North Carolina to Ohio and I think if there is any doubt about the benefits of an annual safety inspection one look at the junk roaming the highways up here will change your mind. Even the dealers fail to repair safety defects before offering the vehicle for sale. It's an inconvenience in NC but pays off in the end."

    Yep, seen a few out of state vehicles here for people who have moved and not yet changed their registration. They brought their cars in for basic service and we found they had large chunks of frame missing where things had rotted off. Needless to say we told them to scrap the vehicle due to the major repairs needed to make it somewhat roadworthy. The rust will continue to be a basis for future repairs as things rot off.

  • wildpig777 Feb 25, 2013

    just another form of gov ment intrusion tax that needs to be abolished at once if not sooner.

  • superman Feb 25, 2013

    I visually check my tires, windshieled wipers and lights at least once a month. My life and my family life depend on my car being safe. Auto inspections do about as much good as brushing your teeth once a year. Mechanical problems with a car does not have a set time or date to malfuction. If you are prone to just get in your car and dont care about safety issues--getting it inspected once a year is useless.

  • downtowner Feb 25, 2013

    This is one of many instances where you can't rely on "personal responsibility" to save people's lives. G0d knows I wouldn't get my car inspected if I didnt have to and I'm sure I'm not the only one. I say keep the inspections.

  • heisenberg Feb 25, 2013

    Get rid of them. 32 other states do not have them and studies show that they do not reduce accidents.

  • lessismore Feb 25, 2013

    State inspections are nothing but a tax. Let law enforcement stop vehicles that have bald tires or lights that do not work.... A person can get a car inspected and the same day a head-light burns out.....and can travel highways for a full year because they just passed a worthless inspection.

  • readme Feb 25, 2013

    They should eliminate the emissions part also, or else there is little real benefit. All the old cars that realistically will fail that test are all exempt. Get rid of the whole thing and really save people time and money.

  • readme Feb 25, 2013

    "Get rid of inspections and you are taking money away from hard working people." It's not okay to pay people to do non-value-add activity just so we can put money in their pockets. That idea reeks of old-school government inefficiency.

  • beef Feb 25, 2013

    "Get rid of inspections and you are taking money away from hard working people."

    Let them work hard doing something useful. The only people who want inspections are the inspectors and hand-wringing statists.

  • Crumps Br0ther Feb 25, 2013

    Please please please pass this! The whole inspection thing is such an inconvenience!

  • ykm Feb 25, 2013

    Because your 98 is OBDII. This was introduced in 96
    And how do ya figure one should have an emission inspection and the other doesn't. yep OBD11 like that makes any sense. It's a scam that should be done away with.

  • GravyPig Feb 25, 2013

    "a burden need to do away with the places i have mine inspected jusy want the money they dont even look at car"

    Then report them. If they are not doing your NCSI properly, report them to the DMV.

  • GravyPig Feb 25, 2013

    "The only people that this would have an effect on are the law abiding citizens. There are so many people out there without insurance or drivers license, do you really think those people are woried about getting their cars inspected annually??? I think not! Good people will keep their cars in good safe condition whether there is an ADDITIONAL government tax or not. The ones who expect handouts now, won't change either way."

    Without an inspection, you will not get your new registration. Even "good people" ignore their cars. You may take care of yours, but a large percentage of the populous("handout takers included") don't take care of their vehicle until it causes them to fix it. I see way to many folks in the shop who are "good people" and yet they don't fix it until they can't drive it any more. There are exeptions, but poor maintenance is the norm.

  • rdcress Feb 25, 2013

    First off, the statistics quoted by AAA have nothing to do with safety inspections. In fact, the DOT statistics show that there is no net benefit of safety inspections in terms of accidents, injuries, or deaths. It's a money making racket that brings in millions to the state. Of course some repair shops want to keep it. They can bilk customers out of $$ by finding "unsafe" items and charging ridiculous fees to fix them. I once had a shop tell me my wipers were shot when I had just put new ones on a week before, and that the belt was bad when it was recently replaced by the dealer. This was not a fly-by-not shop either. This is another unnecessary regulation that costs the individual with no real net benefit. It's time to judge government programs by realistic benefit and stop listening to the feel-good "many drivers and mechanics."

  • GravyPig Feb 25, 2013

    "What ever you do do not change out the battery yourself as it will reset the computer and have to reset by mileage before it can be inspected. If a dealer or tire place changes it they will hook up a standby battery to keep the computer active. Not a problem if you drive alot of miles but is a pain if you do not. 3 cars in front of me for inspections have this problem and you have to take it back numerous times to see if it is reset. More money to the dealers."

    People change out batteries themselves every day. If you are proficcient enough to DIY then do so. A "Not Ready Rejection" is what you get after the computer has been reset. There is no "More money to the dealers". A Not Ready Rejection is a no charge. Most vehicles are reset within 50-100 miles. The car needs some city and highway driving, needs to get fully warmed up, and then cool down completely several times before most will be reset enough to pass.

  • WageSlave Feb 25, 2013

    Keep the safety inspection and scrap the emissions testing.

    You'll be happy to have the inspector tell you your ball joints are trashed rather that have the wheel fold up in the wheel well while going 55, So will the guy beside you.

  • WageSlave Feb 25, 2013

    A prominent aspiring politician later died this way. Vehicular sabotage is the prevailing method of eliminating political dissidents in this country, all through "Safety Inspections," I know myself. This is what the takeover in this country is all about, INCREMENTALLY. "Hidden in plain sight."
    rickahyatt

    I would be more worried about other mandates.

    Like Sodium Flurodie (industrial waste and poison) in your tap water, and aspartame (insecticide) in your diet sodas.

  • GravyPig Feb 25, 2013

    "Safety inspection are a joke you all know if you know someone you can get your vehicle to pass inspection. Away with the silly inspections. Money rackets anyway." - Mustange

    I say have at it. People who ignore the regulations on NCSI have no one but themselves to blame when they get caught. I never understood why someone would risk(for themselves and their employer) fines, loss of inspection license, and potentially jail time for a little extra cash. It's just a matter of time before they are caught. Personally, I don't do things to risk my livelyhood or the lively hood of the shop I work at.

  • WageSlave Feb 25, 2013

    The inspection system has become a bit ridiculous. My sons 95 yota doesn't need a emission test but my 98 chevy does. Figure that one out. A basic safety inspection is a good idea.

    Because your 98 is OBDII. This was introduced in 96.

    Thats why I drive a 75 suburban and a 85 Honda :-).

  • ykm Feb 25, 2013

    The inspection system has become a bit ridiculous. My sons 95 yota doesn't need a emission test but my 98 chevy does. Figure that one out. A basic safety inspection is a good idea. The cost or mandate is silly. If you fix and maintain your vehicle as I do a simple tars, lights and brakes inspection shouldn't cost 30 bucks. If you have a regular mechanic maintain your vehicle they should be able to sign off on the safety requirement with or without a fee. Up to them.

  • faithlessly hopeful Feb 24, 2013

    How about only safety and emissions testing on cars older than 10 years. Those who buy a new car every few years are off the hook. Those like me who drive an older car get tested (and find the "right" place to get a passing grade on inspection) These places aren't too hard to find. That car you're driving next to that just passed safety inspection might not be as safe as you think it is. Jus sayin'.

  • yankee1 Feb 24, 2013

    Ask yourselves how many traffic accidents or deaths are caused by faulty vehicles rather than drunks or lousy drivers. The inspection system was simply another tax on NC citizens. To bad they're not as concerned about drivers without insurance, without licenses and those who buy insurance simply to get registered than drop it the next day.

  • rickahyatt Feb 24, 2013

    @Point Blank:
    Right. ANOTHER incremental attack upon individual responsibility and fortitude, another reach towards the socialist environment where we have no rights, no responsibilities, no honor, no pride, no wish to enrich ourselves through personal initiative and hard work? Not to mention, absolute control by the Ruling Commie Party? Sicko, Wacko, dude.

  • rickahyatt Feb 23, 2013

    I should mention that I've been an Federal undercover agent for many, many years, just yearning to come in out of the cold. www.rickhyatt.freeservers.com

  • rickahyatt Feb 23, 2013

    My first experience with a State mandated safety inspector was on the Island of Maui. There, the government is very corrupt, and highly oriented to the secession of it in an Asian way, towards Red China. When I went to have my truck "Safety Checked," I happened upon him placing rock salt into my frame members. I later nearly swerved off the road on the way to Lahaina, because of Legislature-mandated road surfaces that left large berms on the asphalt surfaces, that nearly caused me to go head-on into oncoming traffic. A prominent aspiring politician later died this way. Vehicular sabotage is the prevailing method of eliminating political dissidents in this country, all through "Safety Inspections," I know myself. This is what the takeover in this country is all about, INCREMENTALLY. "Hidden in plain sight."

  • JoeF Feb 23, 2013

    Are the lawmakers in Raleigh out of their minds? Even new cars are subject to problems. Hello? Recalls. Suppose someone's tailpipe flies off and it smashes into the auto behind it? That's a preventable accident. Plus, the state makes some revenue from 8 million drivers.

  • superman Feb 23, 2013

    Yearly safety inspectios accomplishes about as much as brushing your teeth once a year. Nothing on a car has scheduled time or date to malfuction.

  • dderrick71 Feb 23, 2013

    SCRAP IT ASAP!!!!! Its the greatest idea this yr! Nothin but a money maker riding the back of safety! No more inspections! Not needed!

  • logitech Feb 23, 2013

    I think its amazing how small minded people are. Safety inspections are needed. If you only knew how many 3 and 4 year old cars ive seen and worked on that have bald tires, worn out brakes, shot windshield wipers, etc. The worst part is the owners are not willing to fix the problems there atitude is its time to get a new car. Yet the cars that are over the 6 year mark most of the owners are willing to do what needs to be done because they are not in that cushy 50k+ a year job, and a new car is NOT an option. To those who yell about an older car held together with bailing wire, duct tape etc you might want to rethink things. What would you be driving if you only made 15k a year? My last point is many forget that there are alot of old classic cars still on the road that are worth more then your BMW and most likely are in better condition.

  • airbornemonty Feb 23, 2013

    My argument has always been with the tint on my windshield. Every time that I have the car inspected, I am charged an extra $10.00 for the inspection of the, state/federal approved tint on the windshield.

    I have told them time and time again that it is the same old car with the same old tint, but I am still charged because it is mandated by the supposedly state regulations.

    The extra $10.00 is for whom, the state, the service dealer, the machanic because it can't be for me, I am the one left with an empty space in my wallet.

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