Don’t Be A Slacker, Inspect Early


Cars Lined Up

Originally uploaded by tbridge.

I realized on Friday that I had forgotten to get my state inspection done for my car, and knowing that Friday was going to be a disaster, I scheduled it for yesterday, only to have my day be interrupted by client needs. This morning when I took my car to the Shell at the foot of the hill, at 9am, I left it in a line of at least 15 cars. Today’s the last day of July, and that means the last chance to be street-legal if your inspection sticker runs out today.

You’d think an online-happy state like Virginia would maintain an online listing of places to have your car inspected, but they claim it’s impossible, with 4200 locations that fluctuate between having an inspector and not having an inspector. However, most service stations and car repair facilities tend to have spots to inspect your vehicle. If you’re expiring in August, head down on Friday or something, just get it out of the way.

3 Comments so far

  1. Ex-Hy Hy (unregistered) on July 31st, 2007 @ 11:14 am

    Still better than DC where there is only ONE inspection station, and it’s located in a relatively obscure neighborhood (SW). WTF.


  2. Darling Girlfriend (unregistered) on July 31st, 2007 @ 3:02 pm

    The best thing about the Virginia inspections is that they don’t have to be done in the city or county in which you live. So, if you locate a more obscure station, stick with it every year. My best no-wait locale (and I’m a chronic end-of-monther like you) is a Mobile station on Gallows Road. Now that I’ve given away the secret, perhaps it will never be this way again … but I’ve never been behind more than 2 cars during the week (weekends are a whole different story).


  3. WFY (unregistered) on July 31st, 2007 @ 3:15 pm

    I believe I know the station you are referring to and I have not found it to be “no wait” for several years. It is a Sunoco now too.



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