The FAQs of Getting Your Chevrolet Inspected in Texas

If you are a new car owner, or are maybe getting your new or pre-owned Chevrolet inspected in Texas for the first time, I’m willing to bet you might have a few questions. The reason I’m willing to bet on that is because I myself had similar questions the first time my Chevy was up for an inspection. So I thought it’d be wise to share a little info on the Texas Vehicle Inspection requirements.

New Vehicles

If you’ve recently purchased or leased a new Chevrolet in Grapevine or the DFW metroplex, you aren’t going to have to worry about an inspection for two years. Passenger cars or light trucks are eligible for a two-year inspection period if they meet the following criteria :

  1. The vehicle was sold in this state
  2. The vehicle has not been previously registered in this or another state
  3. On the date of sale is of the current or preceding model year.

If your Chevy doesn’t meet the above requirements, then you’ll be looking at an inspection every year which leads us to my next topic – the grace period.

The Grace Period

If you look at your current inspection sticker, you’ll see two numbers – one for the month and one for the year.An inspection certificate expires on the last day of the month that is indicated on the that sticker. However, there is a five day grace period for us to get our new ones their inspection sticker.  So, let’s say your sticker expires this month. You have until September 5 to get your new sticker before you are at risk of being pulled over and ticketed.

I’m not sure if this is still the case (because I haven’t had to get an inspection in quite some time),but it used to be that Texas would change the color of the sticker each year. I can only assume this is to make it easier for police officers to notice that a vehicle does not have a current inspection sticker. I’ll never forget driving to school one morning – many years ago – with a friend whose inspection had been expired for some odd eight months or so. It was green, which was not the current color obviously. Of course, we were pulled over that morning and the officer said he noticed the inspection was expired because of the color. Point of the story I guess is to just get the inspection done. There’s no need to risk being pulled over and ticketed.

Failing an Inspection

Sometimes, you might fail an inspection. All you have to do is get the failing item replaced or repaired. The good news? If you take back to the place that originally performed the inspection within 15 days, they will re-test your vehicle for free.  But don’t forget… it has to be within 15 days.

Replacement Stickers

Since we live in a county that requires emmissions testing (almost all surround Dallas Ft Worth counties require this), you can get a replacement sticker for a reduced fee from a DPS challenge/waiver station. You may want to give them a call to make an appointment and to obtain further details on obtaining your replacement. Of course, you could always just go and have your Chevrolet re-inspected. It’s up to you.

So there you have it, Dallas Ft Worth and Grapevine Chevrolet owners. The FAQ’s of Texas Vehicle Inspection. The next time you hop in your Chevy, be sure to look at your sticker. If you’re due to expire soon, get a move on!

[Source: Texas Department of Public Safety]

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

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