State Inspection

Did you know that in 2020, there were over 1,823,500 vehicles registered in the state of Maryland? That is a lot of automobiles on the road. An MD State Safety Inspection Certificate is a requirement for all those vehicles to help keep motorists safe. This certificate is only issued if your vehicle meets or exceeds the safety standards deemed necessary by the state. The MD Safety Inspection includes many different parts of your auto. This blog focuses on motor and transmission components. Below is a detailed description of the motor mounts, gear shift indicator, and CV joints. We also look into common warning signs and general maintenance associated with your vehicle’s motor and transmission. How do I obtain a Maryland State Safety Inspection Certificate? An MD State Inspection Certificate can be obtained once your vehicle passes a safety inspection at a licensed vehicle safety inspection station in Maryland. Once your vehicle meets or exceeds all Maryland’s safety standards, it will pass the inspection. The inspection station will electronically transfer the information to the Motor Vehicle Administration.  Motor & Transmission Components Motor Mounts Motor (or Engine) Mounts connect the motor to the body or frame of your vehicle. They can be made of a solid rubberized material or filled with...

Maryland requires a safety inspection on all cars registered within the state. Before obtaining an inspection certificate, you must have your vehicle inspected at a licensed vehicle safety inspection station (in Maryland). The MD State Safety Inspection checks numerous automobile components and systems, including drum brakes, disk brakes, and regenerative braking. This blog will explore the basics of brake components, their common issues, and possible repairs. For more information on other automotive systems, see the links for this entire blog series at the end of this blog.   MD State Safety Inspection: Brake System Components An inspector will check all your vehicle's brake components during a safety inspection. Excessively worn or damaged parts may cause your vehicle to fail the inspection. Below is a generalized list of the basic components in the different brake systems found on most vehicles. If you are unfamiliar with the type of brakes equipped on your automobile, you can find the information in your owner's manual. Drum Brakes Drum brake systems have been around since the early 1900s. The first designs were completely mechanical, using manual levers. By the mid-1930s, they used hydraulic pressure to operate. Here's a basic list of the components found in the drum brake system: Master...

The demand for pre-owned vehicles is still high right now. If you want to take advantage of this need and plan to sell your used auto, you need to obtain a MD State Safety Inspection Certificate. Here are a few things you should know. Vehicles will occasionally fail to meet a safety standard due to safety issues or mechanical problems. The inspection report will detail the issues that require repairs before awarding a certificate. This blog series explores various reasons why your vehicle may fail a MD Safety Inspection. Today, let’s focus on the steering & suspension components, alignment, and tires. I will highlight common issues with these parts and the warning signs. Additionally, I’ve included a handy checklist to give you a head start on passing the safety inspection. Checklist For Your MD State Safety Inspection This checklist should help you prepare your vehicle for the Maryland Safety Inspection. If you have any specific concerns, discuss them with your service technician. Check your owner’s manual for any overdue routine maintenance items. If you are close to your time/mileage interval for an Oil Change, go ahead and get it done. Wash your vehicle inside and out (don’t forget the windows and mirrors). Check all the lights...

Maryland requires the majority of used vehicles to obtain a safety inspection certificate before their sale or transfer. In general, it is the seller’s responsibility to get the MD State Safety Inspection Certificate. To get this certification, a licensed vehicle safety inspection station in Maryland must inspect your vehicle. The process will include an in-depth visual and mechanical inspection of your automobile (check here for a complete list). The exhaust system, including the muffler, catalytic converter, and oxygen sensor, often requires minor repairs or service to pass the safety inspection. A certificate will only be issued once the vehicle passes the inspection. Why Do Vehicles Fail the MD State Safety Inspection? There can be many reasons why a vehicle may fail a state safety inspection. A qualified mechanic can walk you through the inspection report, point out the areas of concern, and guide you to any necessary repairs. As a vehicle owner, you have the option to fix the issues yourself, have the inspection station do the repairs, or bring your automobile to a different service station for repair work. Let’s review a few components that are often responsible for a failed safety inspection. Exhaust System Components Combustion engine vehicles have a complex array of components...

Maryland requires a Vehicle State Inspection on all cars registered within the state. When you find yourself buying or selling a vehicle in Maryland, be sure to visit an Authorized Safety Inspection Station to obtain your Maryland Safety Inspection certificate. Once you complete the safety inspection, your automobile must pass the Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program. Please keep reading for details on these inspections requirements and where to obtain them.   What is a Vehicle State Inspection? The Maryland Vehicle State Inspection is a set of safety standards sanctioned by the Motor Vehicles Administration (MVA). They ensure that every vehicle registered in Maryland is safe to be on the road. The state inspections include two parts. First, The Maryland Safety Inspection (MSI) focuses on aspects of vehicle safety. Second, the Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP) focuses on vehicle emissions. These Vehicle State Inspections help ensure that automobiles sold in Maryland are safe, efficient, and reliable to drive.  Maryland Safety Inspection (MSI) Maryland requires Safety Inspections prior to registering any passenger car, light truck, SUV, or trailer (shorter than 20-feet and without air brakes). Do you plan to register and drive a vehicle in Maryland? In that case, you must obtain a recent MSI certificate to get...