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Old 03-31-2014, 04:19 PM   #1
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uggggh so I recently moved city's and in order to insure my car here
I need to have an inspection/emissions test done...
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Now based on the inspection I will/ may need to get some work done to the car to receive the certification for the inspection.
Car is basically stock .. 14 years old... and has never had to go threw this before...
iim nervous to bring her in lol but I guess having someone check the car out is a good thing, lets me know where she stands...
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Well if the car is stock and has all emissions components in place with. It check engine code you should be good buddy.
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just took the car to a self serve car wash and washed it up.. washed underneath and the wheel wells to clean up all the winter grime so the mechanic should be happy.. I am not worried about emissions.. just would rather not fix a bunch of small stuff he may find... car runs and drives well stops.. cant really complain.. so if he turns around and says I need 1-2k of work ill be choked.
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You must be in Nazifornia... If all your factory emissions stuff is in place and functioning with no codes you should pass no problem.
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Old 04-01-2014, 12:03 PM   #7
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yeah its not emissions that I am worried about...
every used vehicle I have owned when brought in for inspection
have been told I need.. new ball joint or shock or strut or... or new this or that. we will see hopefully nothing needs to be replaced after 14 years lol
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Where the hell do you live that requires all that? Screw that... I mean I would love to see some of the death trap really should not be on the road cars yanked off but it still seems a little excessive.
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Where the hell do you live that requires all that? Screw that... I mean I would love to see some of the death trap really should not be on the road cars yanked off but it still seems a little excessive.

California! Where everything is illegal or expensive! Haha. It is a beautiful state, though..
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Yep, Nazifornia.
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so went to the shop today.. made my appointment for 3pm tomorrow...
will cost roughly 100 dollars for certification and emissions test.. certification is valid for 36 days and e test for 2 years..
so that's 100 dollars assuming he doesn't make me fix anything.. and well.. im sure he will find a way to make a few dollars while he is under there... uggh don't really want to be putting any money into the car rite now since I plan to make a lot of changes in the future and cant exactly afford what I am going for at the moment .. may need to get oem parts to get the car insured... witch only sets me back further in the long run
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If I lived in California I'd never get anything that wasn't exempt as a classic/historic if they even have those exemptions out there. Like... if you have a car that never came with seat belts from the factory from way back in the day do they make you retrofit them?

And what you are saying about the mechanic is EXACTLY why this sort of thing is ****ing terrible. You've got a mechanic who knows you HAVE to do what he says or the gov't gives him the power to make your car illegal on the spot. So of course he is going to find stuff even if its still technically good.
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Yep, Nazifornia.
I prefer "Liberalfornia"...

No. We don't have any mandatory safety inspections here... just the emissions.
Except, in the case of a salvage title, you need a headlight and brake inspection when the vehicle is initially registered.
They do that inspection stuff to the north of here.
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If I lived in California I'd never get anything that wasn't exempt as a classic/historic if they even have those exemptions out there. Like... if you have a car that never came with seat belts from the factory from way back in the day do they make you retrofit them?

And what you are saying about the mechanic is EXACTLY why this sort of thing is ****ing terrible. You've got a mechanic who knows you HAVE to do what he says or the gov't gives him the power to make your car illegal on the spot. So of course he is going to find stuff even if its still technically good.

It's just emissions that is tough. There is none of those yearly inspections other states have.
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Our NJ test for OBDII cars is plug in and if you get on emissions codes they do a quick gas cap pressure check slap a sticker on the window and tell you to come back in 2 years. If you have OBD1 you need the sniffer which is a pain in the dick and the reason I am in a modular right now in this state. I am starting to poke around at foxes again though since I would LOVE a late 80s notch and they are at 25 years young now and are exempt from everything as classics. Lol the SN95 is going to hit classic status before the decade ends...
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No not from cali..
But yeah for initial registration on vehicles 7 years or older need an inspection..
yup that's the ****ty thing, I am not going to pay 100 twice so unless he comes up with a bunch of issues its not like I will get a second opinion... hopefully he says the car is all good.. if he says shocks and struts or ball joints or something then I may just get some quality aftermarket parts... I am sure he will tell me how much better oem parts are and that he can get me parts at cost or something lol I will just hit up AM or something
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appointment is for 3 tomorrow.. he said come in sooner if I can in case there is work to be done.. lol I am not sure if I will get him to do any work tomorrow because I can probably get better parts myself..
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All this testing is just another way for the government to rape you for more money. I live in Tennessee and we have to do the emissions test. They say it is to keep bad running cars off the road but it doesn't. Especially those pos diesels that bellow thick clouds of smoke.
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Go in and start talking about how your father is a retired mechanic and how the two of you are going to restore the car this summer and make it like new. That way he'll know up front that he won't be doing the work and that you have someone knowledgeable to give you a second opinion.
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I'm moving from AZ to CA in a month, thankfully I am military so I will be registering my vehicles in my home of record, FL. Don't want to deal with any of that CAinspection nonsense.

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I'm so glad I live in a rural part of Indiana, where nobody cares about anything.

That said, if there were emissions testing, 85% of the used cars and trucks here would fail.
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California! Where everything is illegal or expensive! Haha. It is a beautiful state, though..

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All this testing is just another way for the government to rape you for more money. I live in Tennessee and we have to do the emissions test. They say it is to keep bad running cars off the road but it doesn't. Especially those pos diesels that bellow thick clouds of smoke.

Ikr? Diesels can blow clouds of black smoke, motorcycles can have loud enough exhaust to break a window, but we can't have either. Texas here.
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If I lived in California I'd never get anything that wasn't exempt as a classic/historic if they even have those exemptions out there. Like... if you have a car that never came with seat belts from the factory from way back in the day do they make you retrofit them?

And what you are saying about the mechanic is EXACTLY why this sort of thing is ****ing terrible. You've got a mechanic who knows you HAVE to do what he says or the gov't gives him the power to make your car illegal on the spot. So of course he is going to find stuff even if its still technically good.

+1... Government enforced things really make "the people" in a spot to be taken advantage of. Either way you're gonna get screwed. Sorta like something else that the gvt has enforced here lately...
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I am not sure how it works in most states, as Georgia only requires emissions,but I assume you can get it inspected and if it doesn't pass you can fix the issues yourself and take it back.
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+1... Government enforced things really make "the people" in a spot to be taken advantage of. Either way you're gonna get screwed. Sorta like something else that the gvt has enforced here lately...
Couldn't agree more!
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Go in and start talking about how your father is a retired mechanic and how the two of you are going to restore the car this summer and make it like new. That way he'll know up front that he won't be doing the work and that you have someone knowledgeable to give you a second opinion.
You just go in and if he lists X Y and Z are wrong you go "ok thanks I'll go fix it" and DIY or have someone you trust or whatever do it. Just keep receipts of the parts so if the guy is like "that's not new" you can show him "yes it is".
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In Michigan we don't have any of that we just have ****ty roads and bad weather
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In Michigan we don't have any of that we just have ****ty roads and bad weather
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You just go in and if he lists X Y and Z are wrong you go "ok thanks I'll go fix it" and DIY or have someone you trust or whatever do it. Just keep receipts of the parts so if the guy is like "that's not new" you can show him "yes it is".
Id want to send a CLEAR message to him BEFORE he writes up his "wish list" of things that he can fix on FA's car, in hopes of making enough cash to be able to afford that "dream date" with an internet hooker named "Luscious", that he will not be doing any work on the car whatsoever.
I wouldn't want to have to fix a bunch of stuff that is only "marginally" bad...


I recently moved to one of the few rural counties in California that does NOT require biennial emission testing.
The problem is, many of the roads are crap, along with all of the little towns in the area... I like to say that the best view of the area is from your rearview mirror...
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Id want to send a CLEAR message to him BEFORE he writes up his "wish list" of things that he can fix on FA's car, in hopes of making enough cash to be able to afford that "dream date" with an internet hooker named "Luscious", that he will not be doing any work on the car whatsoever.
I wouldn't want to have to fix a bunch of stuff that is only "marginally" bad...


I recently moved to one of the few rural counties in California that does NOT require biennial emission testing.
The problem is, many of the roads are crap, along with all of the little towns in the area... I like to say that the best view of the area is from your rearview mirror...
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Okay so I know its terrible to do but I skipped out on my appointment with that shop.. I donno just didn't get a good vibe from him.
Found a different shop closer to my home... 60 dollars and can do it tomorrow... 67.50 or something with tax.. not bad I guess!

Anyways asked this guy details.. He will do the inspection and if everything is good he will sign the inspection papers and were done...
IF there is work to be done I will not get the signed inspection rather I will just get a list of work that needs to be completed either by him or by myself.
If I can do the work within a few days he will inspect it and sign off..
If the work takes more then 1 week then he will have to charge me around 20-40 dollars to put it back up on the hoist and check my work over and make sure no new issues have arose in the mean time...
I am sure some work may need to be done it is 14 years old and all original lol
I am also happy with this, 67 dollars to have some go threw the entire car and tell me what's up isn't that bad.
My question is... if say he finds ball joints or a shock or front breaks or something needs replacing.. Is it better to take the car home... save up and get quality aftermarket parts... like if I need a shock .. would it be best to get a nice set with springs or just pay 100 bucks or whatever hes asking and get a replacement part and worry about upgrades later... I guess it depends what he finds.
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