The Four Dollar Amounts You Need to Know for Your State Inspection – Part 2

$30.00 – Safety and Emissions Test – This is likely what you’re getting. Currently, this applies to vehicles built from 1996-2016, and vehicles built 2017-2019 with more than 70,000 miles on the odometer. This test contains everything in the Safety test, but also includes things such as check-engine-light tests.

$40.00 – Safety and Emissions with Window Tint – Same as the $30, but with a tint fee. Again, please write your politicians.

Why am I stressing this so hard? Because there is no such thing as a “fair price” for inspections, there is simply the government regulated price. Breaking this rule is illegal and a punishable offense.

So what should I do if I find I’m being overcharged?

First and foremost, say something. Service writers, just like you and me, make mistakes. This could easily be an accident on their part. Give them the benefit of the doubt.

If they refuse to adjust, then you find the Station Number. This number is on your receipt.  Find that number, take it and call the North Carolina License and Theft Bureau. The LTB is a division of the DMV that polices us, the state inspectors. I mean that literally – they have their own police force. If you have the station number and proof that they tried to overbill you, it should be pretty easy to have the shop disciplined. The phone number for the LTB of District Six, the district Mint Hill is in, is 704-331-4500.

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