Ah yes, it’s that time of year again. That time of year when you’re getting closer and closer to that date on the small sticker in the corner of your windshield. Getting your car inspected is never a surprise, as it comes and goes every single year, but many people are usually caught off guard when they realize they’ve got to make that appointment at their local auto repair shop.

As a car owner, it’s a necessity and a given to have to bring your car into the repair shop for it to get inspected every single year. It’s just something that needs to be done in order to continue safely driving on the road. While it can come at inconvenient times during busy points in your life, it’s best to refrain from procrastinating and just bite the bullet. You and your car will feel relief after you drive it away off the repair shop lot.

There is a lot that can go into a single car inspection. All of those factors depend on certain state inspection requirements and regulations, but from state to state, there are usually similar components of an inspection that every car needs to pass. Whether you’re a new driver or have been driving for years, it’s always beneficial to you and your car to have general knowledge about what goes on during a car inspection.

If you have noticed the same repairs needing to be done on your car, year after year, in order to pass inspection, maybe it’s time to figure out why that’s happening and what you can do within the next year to fix it and prevent your car from needing those repairs again.

If you recently noticed your inspection date is quickly approaching, you should consider just taking a quick look at your car before heading over to your search browser and typing in, “car inspection near me,” to start scheduling an appointment.

Here are the most common things that most mechanics will be looking for when inspecting your car. Noticing any potential problems beforehand and getting the repairs done BEFORE your car’s inspection will save you a few bucks, as having all repairs done at once during an inspection will most likely cost you much more in the long run. 

What Mechanics are Looking For

Tire Conditions

If you know that your tires are very old and worn down, they most likely won’t pass an inspection. A good note is to check the wear indicator on the bar of your tires. If you’ve been needing new tires for a while, now is your chance to get them replaced before an inspection. Usually, a mechanic will check your spare tire, so if you have one, make sure that one is good to go, as well.


Brakes are arguably one of the most important components of your car and are something that is heavily inspected and checked every year. During an inspection, if a technician notices any worn down brake pads or anything of that matter, you will most definitely not pass inspection. Go ahead and get your brake pads replaced ahead of time if need be. Don’t forget about the emergency brake, too! That’s equally as important.

A quality auto repair shop like ours can help sort any brake issues out that you may be having, so if this is something you are concerned about, definitely seek out the Borst Automotive location nearest to you or give us a call at 520-428-2222.


Carefully inspect your windshield. Make sure there are no cracks or chips that could lead to something far worse. It’s easy to find repair shops that will quickly and affordably fix any rock chips or cracks, so it’s best to spend the time fixing that up before heading in for an inspection.

Alignment and Steering

Along with brakes, alignment, and steering are another super important component that needs to pass inspection in order to safely get back on the road. If your car’s alignment is more than slightly off, it’s going to need to be tended to as soon as possible, as more problems can arise from a damaged alignment and steering system.

Where to Go from There

Now, this may seem like a lot, but all of these precautions are necessary so you don’t have to go through the headache of failing a car inspection. If you’re looking for a place to have some of these repairs done or even getting a car inspection altogether, look no further than Borst Automotives.

At our various Borst Automotive locations here in Arizona, you can get all of these repairs done before heading into an inspection at an affordable cost. Our technicians are knowledgeable and well-experienced, so you can trust us to help you to pass that next car inspection. If you’re unsure of where to start, bring your car in and we will walk you through the entire process. With locations all across the state of Arizona such as Mesa and Tucson, you’ll easily find us with a simple, “car inspection near me” browser search.

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