TOTD 2018-10-30: Car Inspection

Every two years I part with $1,000 or more getting my Toyota inspected. It is a tune-up, correcting problems, and paying for a low level liability insurance inspection. The good news is this keeps junkers off the road. The bad news is I am out 10,000 dimes. I like those dimes a lot.

What is your area’s inspections cost? Make me feel good and be higher, please.

Bryan, do you do long distant counseling for the penniless?

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27 thoughts on “TOTD 2018-10-30: Car Inspection”

  1. For the Japanese manufacturers, the progressive inspection regime (gets tougher as the car ages) gives them all the benefits of planned obsolescence without encouraging them to make shoddy product. Thus, even though essentially all 10-year old Japan domestic market (JDM) cars are sent to scrap, the Japanese make cars that see 20+ years’ service abroad.

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  2. ctlaw:
    For the Japanese manufacturers, the progressive inspection regime (gets tougher as the car ages) gives them all the benefits of planned obsolescence without encouraging them to make shoddy product. Thus, even though essentially all 10-year old Japan domestic market (JDM) cars are sent to scrap, the Japanese make cars that see 20+ years’ service abroad.

    I think some of the used cars get exported abroad. Japanese cars don’t see much mileage since few people commute to work. If they do the distance isn’t that far.

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  3. We get a postcard every couple of years requiring an emissions test at a state facility.  It’s free.  You only need to make repairs if too much crud escapes from your exhaust.  You cannot renew your license plate until your car tests in an acceptable range.

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  4. 9thDistrictNeighbor:
    We get a postcard every couple of years requiring an emissions test at a state facility.  It’s free.  You only need to make repairs if too much crud escapes from your exhaust.  You cannot renew your license plate until your car tests in an acceptable range.

    9th, but I got free beverages from a vending machine at the dealership. That’s got to count for something.

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  5. I am thinking in Texas it is about $40. It is not a big hit, especially if you do regular preventative maintenance on your automobile. It sounds like your “inspection” contains a lot of the cost associated with standard annual pm of an automobile.

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  6. Seawriter:
    I am thinking in Texas it is about $40. It is not a big hit, especially if you do regular preventative maintenance on your automobile. It sounds like your “inspection” contains a lot of the cost associated with standard annual pm of an automobile.

    Maybe I will put up the itemized bill tomorrow. Not anyone has even come to ten percent of my total. I am hope is in John Walker and Switzerland.

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  7. In Neuchâtel, a technical inspection is required every two years.  You have to present the car at the cantonal inspection facility where they do an emissions test, inspect the tires, test headlight alignment and signals, inspect the chassis from underneath, perform a vibration test of the shock absorbers and a dynamometer test of the brakes.  This takes around half an hour and costs CHF 75 (the CHF and US$ are about at parity).  If they find something which requires repair, they may require a re-test which costs CHF 35.  (The only time I’ve had to do a re-test is once when they found a shock absorber out out of spec.  If it’s just something like a turn signal bulb, they don’t require you to come back.)

    You can either bring the car in yourself at a time they fix for you, or have the dealer take it in for inspection.  The Toyota dealer I use charges CHF 100 for a preliminary service and presenting the car for inspection.  Part of the deal is that if it fails inspection when they present it, they cover the cost of the re-test (but you have to pay for whatever service is required to fix whatever failed).

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  8. John Walker:
    In Neuchâtel, a technical inspection is required every two years.  You have to present the car at the cantonal inspection facility where they do an emissions test, inspect the tires, test headlight alignment and signals, inspect the chassis from underneath, perform a vibration test of the shock absorbers and a dynamometer test of the brakes.  This takes around half an hour and costs CHF 75 (the CHF and US$ are about at parity).  If they find something which requires repair, they may require a re-test which costs CHF 35.  (The only time I’ve had to do a re-test is once when they found a shock absorber out out of spec.  If it’s just something like a turn signal bulb, they don’t require you to come back.)

    You can either bring the car in yourself at a time they fix for you, or have the dealer take it in for inspection.  The Toyota dealer I use charges CHF 100 for a preliminary service and presenting the car for inspection.  Part of the deal is that if it fails inspection when they present it, they cover the cost of the re-test (but you have to pay for whatever service is required to fix whatever failed).

    In Japan, you can take a car into a government inspection site which is cheaper. I have done this twice with a motorcycle. The dealers are trusted to send the test information along and get the stickers. There are two stickers. One is for the two year inspection and put inside the car at the top of the windshield in the middle. The second one is put at the top right hand side of the inner windshield.

    It sounds like the Swiss inspection is similar to the Japanese inspection.

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  9. $21 is the state-mandated fee for an annual inspection of signals, emissions, and whatever can be helpful about pulling off one wheel out of four.  Check 1/4 of the brakes?  Look for car mice?  Exorcise evil spirits?

    Car bwana must perform these activities in real time with an internet connection to a state computer, using crummy state software that crashes frequently.  There is talk of putting a webcam in every inspection station to monitor the car bwana’s performance of these tasks in real time.

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  10. Back when we had emissions inspections it was $72 every two years.   Now there is no inspection program.

    After TVA upgraded our fossil fuel power plant, our air quality improved so much that we dropped off of EPA’s bad air regions list.   We stopped the emissions testing program, which was a move that was so popular that I think it passed unanimously.

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  11. 10 Cents:

    ctlaw:
    For the Japanese manufacturers, the progressive inspection regime (gets tougher as the car ages) gives them all the benefits of planned obsolescence without encouraging them to make shoddy product. Thus, even though essentially all 10-year old Japan domestic market (JDM) cars are sent to scrap, the Japanese make cars that see 20+ years’ service abroad.

    I think some of the used cars get exported abroad. Japanese cars don’t see much mileage since few people commute to work. If they do the distance isn’t that far.

    Our extra son’s father in law has an auto dealership near Takasago.   He buys used cars in Japan and sells them in Taiwan or Hong Kong.   He does pretty well.

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  12. MJBubba:

    10 Cents:

    ctlaw:
    For the Japanese manufacturers, the progressive inspection regime (gets tougher as the car ages) gives them all the benefits of planned obsolescence without encouraging them to make shoddy product. Thus, even though essentially all 10-year old Japan domestic market (JDM) cars are sent to scrap, the Japanese make cars that see 20+ years’ service abroad.

    I think some of the used cars get exported abroad. Japanese cars don’t see much mileage since few people commute to work. If they do the distance isn’t that far.

    Our extra son’s father in law has an auto dealership near Takasago.   He buys used cars in Japan and sells them in Taiwan or Hong Kong.   He does pretty well.

    Maybe he could get me a deal. My car is getting old.

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  13. 10 Cents:

    Gerry D:
    Sorry 10 Cents for my trucks it’s about $75 each.

    How sorry are you? I bet you are smiling.

    Smiling, no. A rust bucket is my winter rat, driven only on snow days.  It’s overdue for inspection now by one day. I had to add another band-aid, piece of sheet metal, to the exterior. This may be the last time, even though it has practically brand new tires, even snow tires on the back, but the old beast is now 22 years old. Mechanically it is pretty good, body-wise, pretty poor. Fuel gauge does not work properly, fuel filler tube has a hole so that one must put the nozzle at the gas station fully inside the tube. But it still runs like a banshee!

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