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MD State Inspection

MD State Inspection in Millersville, MD

When it comes time for a state inspection, you need to seek service from a certified state inspection site. Auto Sense Auto Repair & Tire Center is certified to conduct Maryland state inspections for drivers in Millersville, MD, Severn, MD, Severna Park, MD, and surrounding areas.

Does My Vehicle Need an MD State Inspection?

The only time Maryland requires a state inspection is when a vehicle changes ownership. There is one exception. If you are giving your vehicle to your children as a gift or your children are giving a vehicle to you as a gift, you do not need to schedule a state inspection. In fact, if the car, truck, or automobile is truly a gift, you don't even have to pay taxes on it.

Maryland State Inspection Checklist

What does your vehicle need inspected? A lot. Of all state inspections within the United States, Maryland vehicle inspections are among the most comprehensive. During an MD state inspection, the following components will be checked in your car, truck, or SUV:

  • Steering system
  • Wheel alignment
  • Brake system
  • Wheels / Tires
  • Windshield
  • Fuel system
  • Exhaust system
  • Bumpers
  • Motor mounts
  • Fenders
  • Lights
  • Electrical system
  • Mirrors
  • Glazing (windows)
  • Wipers
  • Hood / Catches
  • Gear Shift Indicator
  • Suspension
  • Wipers
  • Hood / Catches
  • Door Handles
  • Floor / Trunk Pans
  • Speedometer / Odometer
  • Driver seat
  • Seat Belts
  • Universal and CV  Joints
  • Emissions equipment

In brief, most every part of your vehicle should function properly. The Maryland Inspection Manual is very thorough in what certified shops must check. For example, it is important that every light and seat belt work correctly. If your windshield has a crack, it must be very small to pass. Per the manual, your suspension components are measured to the thousandth of an inch. Likewise, your parking brake must hold at a 20% grade and pass a road test where it should stop evenly at 20 miles per hour.

These are only a few examples of how your vehicle will be checked. You will receive a full report from our Inspection Station. 

Tinted Vehicles and State Inspections

At this time, if you have an aftermarket tint, it must be checked first by the Maryland State Police at the MVA in Glen Burnie, MD. You will need to show a certificate of approval from the State Police. Without this, your vehicle will fail the MD State Inspection.

Emissions and State Inspections

In the state of Maryland, an emissions inspection is periodically required for most vehicles. During a State Inspection, all emission components will be checked for proper hookup, but keep in mind that testing for proper operation is not a part of the State Inspection. Our emissions inspection consists of engine diagnostics and other troubleshooting and covers diesel-powered vehicles and regular gasoline-powered vehicles.

The Facts about MD State Inspections

  • To register a vehicle in Maryland, drivers must receive an inspection certificate.
  • Inspection certificates can only be awarded by licensed Maryland inspection stations.
  • New residents of Maryland have 60 days to register their vehicles before automatically forfeiting any tax credit or titling tax paid in another state.
  • Most sellers of used cars are required to have a vehicle undergo a safety inspection before the automobile can be sold.

Whenever you buy a used vehicle, make sure you obtain the inspection certificate from the seller. In addition, be attentive to when your periodic emissions inspection is due. Remember, year-round preventive maintenance can help prolong the life of your vehicle while preventing the discovery of necessary repairs during your state inspection.

Schedule a State Inspection

Use the form below to schedule your vehicle for a state inspection. Simply check off the box "Vehicle Inspection" and choose two dates and times that work best for you. We will be in contact shortly to confirm your appointment.

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Auto Sense Auto Repair & Tire Center in Millersville, MD

Auto Sense Auto Repair & Tire Center is a pillar of the Millersville, MD community. Auto Sense Auto Repair & Tire Center is a leader in offering name brand tires, wheels, and auto repair services for customers in Millersville, MD, Severn, MD, Severna Park, MD, and surrounding areas. Our goal is to focus on customer service. It is the foundation of our business. Auto Sense Auto Repair & Tire Center employs a well-trained staff specializing in the sale and installation of passenger car, performance, light truck, or SUV tires. Take this opportunity to browse our website or call us for personalized service.

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Phone: (410) 761-1599
Address: 8209 Cloverleaf Dr.
Millersville, MD 21108