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What to Check Before a Vehicle Safety Inspection

Do Your Own Inspecting Before the Yearly Safety Inspection

Drivers should know what to check before a vehicle safety inspection in Virginia. Under Virginia law, vehicle owners are required to get a safety inspection once a year. Bass Transmissions & Automotive Repair performs safety inspections with our automotive repair services at our shop in Roanoke, VA. Once you make the appointment with us, you should be proactive, and make your own inspection. In this month’s blog, we give you tips on what to check before a vehicle safety inspection.


Examine Your Vehicle’s Exterior Lights

You should examine your exterior lights. Make sure your vehicle’s headlights, turn signals, and brake lights are in good working order. Our inspector will check your lights during the safety inspection. If one of your lights isn’t working, all you have to do is replace the bulb. If we replace the bulb, that will obviously increase your bill. You can buy a bulb at any auto parts store or dealership. There is some auto parts stores that install lights for free.


If you don’t know how to install them, ask a friend or a relative. You can always check your owner’s handbook for information on how to replace a light bulb. But don’t fret too much. Bass Transmissions & Automotive Repair’s charges are highly affordable.


Check Out Your Wiper Blades for Wear and Tear

Don’t forget to examine your wiper blades. Over time, the rubber on the wiper blades can wear down and be ineffective. You should look for signs of chipping, peeling, or dry rot. If they appear to be in good condition, but leave streaks in wet weather, replace them. If they are making sounds while in use, replace them. Worn wiper blades can actually cause a scratch on your windshield if you don’t replace them. It’s a good rule to replace them every year. Again, if you can’t do this at home, our technician can replace your wiper blades.


Look Out For Bald Tires Before Our Inspection

Inspect your tires before your annual inspection. You might not know what to look for when inspecting the tires. Check whether there are flat spots near the margins. If there are flat spots, that means you have worn tires. Your vehicle won’t pass our safety inspection, and will need to have enough tread on its tires to do so. If there aren’t enough grooves on the tire, then you’ll either need to buy new tires.


Make Your Safety Inspection Appointment as Soon as Possible

Bass Transmissions & Automotive Repair suggests making your appointment well in advance. That gives you time to check things over.


Call Bass Transmissions & Automotive Repair in Roanoke, VA, at (540) 345-8871 or follow us on Facebook. We can give your more tips on what to check before a vehicle safety inspection.