Choosing a Car Inspection Station


Choosing a car inspection station is a significant step in purchasing a new or used vehicle. This process requires that a technician examine the vehicle for a variety of issues, and may result in a re-inspection fee. The fee depends on the labor rate at the inspection station and the specific parts or systems being re-inspected. However, it is not charged for repairs that can be visually verified or inoperable lights. A re-inspection may also require jacking or lifting the car, or the mechanic has to test or measure something.

Class M

A Class M car inspection station is required to meet a number of minimum standards. The inspection station must be properly equipped with the proper tools, including a computer, printer, and internet connection. The inspector workstation equipment should include a sticker scraper with replacement razor blades and a jack of sufficient capacity to lift the front axle of the heaviest vehicle to be inspected. It must also have two jack stands, including one for the front axle and one for the rear. Safety inspectors at these stations are required to follow the Manual of Motor Vehicle Inspection Program (MVIP) and must have access to all bulletins and manual revisions.
Class T

A car inspection station that meets the requirements of a Class T license must have certain equipment. These items include a computer, controlling software, and a communications link to DEC and the DMV. They must also include a printer, DEC-approved OBD II scan tool, bar code scanner, and other equipment as required by the equipment vendor. Listed below are the minimum requirements for equipment at a Class T car inspection station.

Class R

A Class R car inspection station must comply with a number of requirements. All such stations must have the minimum equipment required by state law. Such equipment must include a one-hole paper punch that produces a quarter-inch-diameter hole, a tire tread-depth gauge, and a tire pressure gauge in pounds-per-square-inch (psi).
Class S

A Class S car inspection station is a car inspection facility with the necessary certifications to operate as a roadside assistance service. These stations are run by the Texas Department of Public Safety. There are several different types of inspection stations. Listed below are the different types of inspection services provided by each station. You can choose one that best fits your needs. There are also many different types of inspection fees to consider. If you’re not sure which type of inspection station is right for you, we recommend reading this information first.
Class N

Every month, Class N car inspection stations are required to file reports for the vehicles they inspect. These reports must be completed by a mechanic inspector and are in duplicate form. The inspection station keeps the original form and carbon copy for one year. The original form must be forwarded to the Vehicle Inspection Division by the tenth day of the month. The inspection station retains the carbon copy for the same period. There are some important rules and regulations that must be followed by the inspection station.

Class R+

A Class R+ car inspection station must have all the requirements to provide certified car safety inspections. The Certificate of Authorization is valid for the inspection station and the owner of the station. Once the inspection station has been granted authorization, the owner of the station cannot transfer the Certificate of Authorization or use it at another location. The owner of the inspection station must apply for another certificate of authorization when he wants to change ownership. The application for another certificate must be submitted 30 days before the expiration date.
Class S+

To operate a successful Class S+ car inspection station, it is important to purchase all of the equipment required. These include a computer, printer, internet connection, and sticker scraper with replacement razor blades. Other necessary equipment includes a 12-inch ruler, tire tread depth gauge, amp meter, and approved headlight machine. These items are purchased by each inspection station. Once they have acquired these tools, they must maintain them in proper operating condition.