If you’re a vehicle owner, you’re already aware that once a year, the time will arrive required an NH state inspection. For some, having their vehicle inspected is no sweat. However, for others, this is a time of anxiety and potentially costly repairs. If you’re worried that your vehicle may not pass inspection, it’s important to understand what tasks are involved in an inspection. Here, we’re presenting you with a brief overview of what to expect during a routine inspection and emission testing.

Inspection Process

A licensed inspection station adheres to a specific list created by the state. This extensive list highlights the items which require inspection and testing.  These tests are considered the physical safety portion of the inspection process. Below is a list of those items:

  • A valid registration and VIN must be obtained.  Your inspection sticker, if a pass, will hold the same month date as the registration. 
  • Steering and front end suspension
  • Brakes
  • Electrical system
  • Horn
  • Ensuring all lights are operational and aiming correctly
  • Exhaust system
  • Fuel system
  • Tires and wheels

Emissions Testing

Another element of the state inspection process involves emissions testing, which must be performed on all vehicles less than 20 years old. Emission testing helps to determine the amount of pollutants being released by the vehicle into the environment. Items include functioning gas caps and a measurement of carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, and hydrocarbons.  If a vehicle fails emissions, all repairs must be performed before a sticker is issued. 

When to get your vehicle inspected

Another common misconception is when your vehicle must be inspected. While many towns automatically mail a reminder, it’s important to have this knowledge. The NH Department of Safety Division of Motor Vehicles requires all registered vehicles to undergo a safety inspection within ten days of the registration date. After the initial inspection, the vehicle must be reinspected each year no later than ten days after the end of the owner’s birth month. Please note this is different for leased vehicles.

Furthermore, when a vehicle changes ownership, it must be inspected in the new owner’s name within ten days of registration, regardless if the current sticker has expired or not.

Antique vehicles fall into their own category, and regardless of other factors, the registration and inspection date falls during the month of April.

With over 2,000 licensed inspection stations across the state of New Hampshire, choosing which one to visit can be overwhelming.  At Mike Brailey’s Auto, our team will perform an honest inspection.  Beyond the inspection, if your vehicle requires repairs, we’ll make the best recommendations with the best prices around. 

To schedule your NH state inspection, contact Mike Brailey’s Automotive today by calling (603) 672-8867.