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What to Know about a Maryland Vehicle Safety Inspection

Updated: Apr 28, 2021

If you’ve ever bought a used car in the state of Maryland, you’ve most certainly dealt with a safety inspection. These inspections are used to ensure your vehicle is road-worthy and they are most commonly done when used vehicles change owners. If you’re about to buy a used vehicle, here’s what to know about a Maryland vehicle safety inspection.

What Does a MD State Inspection Check?

A typical MD state safety inspection involves checking all of your vehicle’s major systems and making sure they meet Maryland’s standards for a safe vehicle. In the state of Maryland, regular inspections are not required and are only typically done when vehicles change hands. A Maryland vehicle safety inspection station will generally look at the following major systems:

  1. Steering system

  2. Wheel alignment

  3. Suspension

  4. Brake system

  5. Tires

  6. Fuel system

  7. Exhaust system

  8. Bumpers / Fenders

  9. Lights and Electrical systems

  10. Mirrors and Windows

  11. Wipers

  1. Hood

  2. Door Latches

  3. Floors

  4. Speedometer / Odometer

  5. Driver’s seat

  6. Safety belts

  7. Motor mounts

  8. Gear shift indicator

  9. Universal and CV (constant velocity) joints

  10. Emissions equipment

What if My Car Fails?

If your car fails the Maryland safety inspection, your MD state inspector should give you a detailed report specifying the problem areas. Typically, you can get your vehicle repaired at the Maryland repair shop that did your state inspection. Once your car is fixed, you will need to bring it back for a re-inspection. If the repair was completed within 30 days/1,000 miles of the original inspection, only the repaired areas need to be inspected. Otherwise, all systems will need to be inspected again.

If you have any questions about the Maryland safety inspection or would like to schedule an appointment, get in touch with Hillmuth Auto Care today. Hillmuth Auto Care operates authorized Maryland safety inspection stations in Clarksville, Columbia, Gaithersburg, and Glenwood, MD. For an appointment, call one of our locations today, or fill out the form on our website.

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