When a vehicle is purchased or transfers ownership in Missouri, it must undergo an emission and safety inspection in order to be registered. Vehicles that are under 10 years old, or have been manufactured less than 10 years ago at the time of registration, will not need this. Vehicles under 150,000 miles at the time of registration also don’t need an inspection. However, if your car is above those thresholds when registering it, you will need to pass an inspection. There are many other exemptions and details which you can find at the Missouri Department of Revenue website. https://dor.mo.gov/motorv/help.php
Any vehicle purchased from a Missouri dealer must undergo a safety inspection at most 60 days before the day of purchase. After passing an inspection, the certificate is valid for 90 days after completion, meaning you need to register within that time. The inspection is there to make sure the vehicle is safe to drive and does not endanger others with malfunctioning components or pollutants. During an inspection, a technician will look at the windshield wipers, lights, seat belts, mirrors, and other safety features. The brakes and tires must not be worn too far. The exhaust, oxygen sensors, and the engine will also need to be functional and not create any harmful effects on the environment. There is also a maximum bumper height to provide drivers with some protection in the case of an accident. If you want to prevent failing an inspection, you should check to make sure nothing can pose a potential problem on your car. If you get it fixed before the inspection you can save yourself some trouble and money.
If something slips by your preliminary check and it causes a failure in the Missouri State inspection, you’ll need to fix whatever went wrong and then go in for a reinspection. In the case of a reinspection, you can cut some of the costs by only having the cause of the failure to be inspected the second time. If you need your Missouri state vehicle inspection done, come to Buddy’s Automotive in Independence, MO. Our ASE-certified technicians can perform this service for you. We can even help repair any of the features necessary for the inspection. Stop on by our shop or call us at 816-252-0425 so you won’t have to stop your schedule later on.