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North Carolina State Inspections

Before renewing a vehicle’s registration, most customers will need both a safety inspection and emission inspection.

Most vehicles will have to undergo a two-part inspection process described below.

Vehicle Safety Inspection

This inspection is to make sure your vehicle is operating safely. It includes checks to the headlights, accessory lights, directional signals, foot brake, parking brake, steering and windshield wipers.

Exemptions, the following vehicle types do not need a Safety Inspection:
-Vehicles 35 years old, or older

On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) Emissions Inspection

North Carolina is fighting ozone-forming emissions from gasoline-operated cars and light duty trucks. Inspections are conducted using the vehicle’s On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) system, computerized equipment installed on all new vehicles since 1996. Be sure to check ncdot.gov to see if you live in a county where emissions inspections are required.

Exemptions, the following vehicle types do not need an OBD Emissions Inspection:

-Vehicles three years old and newer with fewer than 70,000 miles
-Model 1995 vehicles, or older
-Diesel-operated vehicles
-Vehicles licensed under the farmer rate

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Service Department Hours

Monday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Service Department
545 12th Street Drive NW
Hickory, NC 28601
Phone: 828-324-2444