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  • Writer's pictureCooper Maiks


A common misconception about state inspections is that they are going to cause you trouble. In fact, it is just the opposite – a successful vehicle inspection ensures you peace of mind. This is because you know your vehicle meets all the criteria when it comes to performance and safety. With a State Inspection pass, you can commute to work, go on road trips, and drive with a stress-free mind.

Mechanics checking under the hood of the car

Here’s What Happens

Before beginning your vehicle’s physical inspection, the technician verifies its title, registration and proof of insurance. This is done to assure the vehicle’s paperwork is up-to-date and valid.


The technician first checks the license plate to ensure it is securely fastened and well-lit. Next comes the windshield, which is checked for cracks or chips (these can affect integrity and limit visibility). If they find anything, they recommend repairs/replacement. They also scrutinize doors, windows, and wiper blades for optimum functionality and any signs of damage. The brake pads are inspected for wear/need of replacement.

When it comes to examining the chassis, the technician checks the shocks, coil springs, axles, and frame for any wear and tear or damage. They perform a final check of the exhaust system and brakes as well.

Finally, they check exterior lights and blinkers to assure they are working properly without requiring replacement. They check bumpers for stability issues and any functional damage. They additionally check tires for tread depth and wear, as well as any punctures or damage that might compromise their safety.


Testing car stereo while driving

Stepping into your vehicle, the technician inspects the steering wheel and steering column to ensure this system is functioning correctly. They operate the horn and check the brake pedal tension and response. The parking brake is the final step in the brake check. They then examine seat belts for proper operation and signs of wear.

Engine Check

The technician opens the hood and inspects the engine and its components for any leaks or damage. This involves a detailed examination of exhaust, fuel, battery, coolant, transmission, and more.

In Conclusion

State inspection machine at CooperMaiks

Every driver needs to pass the emissions test. In fact, if you are getting a license plate for the first time or registering the vehicle, this requirement is required. You must get identified issues fixed in case the vehicle fails to meet criteria for the emissions test.

After the technician inspects all major components, they take the vehicle for a test drive. They do this to ensure the car drives well and everything is functioning as it should. Needless to say, State Inspections can detect problems and save you a great deal of hassle and money. At CooperMAIKS you can score a discount with state inspections by sourcing us through GroupOn! To know more call us at 281-499-3922 or email


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