Auto inspection has one main purpose: it determines whether or not your vehicle is fit for the road. Here at Chelsee’s AC & Brake Emporeum, we take auto inspections seriously! From state-mandated ones to the ones that customers request for their own peace of mind, we can look a vehicle over from bumper to bumper and give an accurate report of its overall drivability.
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Auto inspections include two major areas:
The safety of the vehicle is for the driver’s benefit. He or she will get peace of mind about the overall safety of the vehicle, including the brakes, the engine… even the seat belts! Many components are taken into consideration when auto inspections are completed so that the driver, passengers, and other drivers are as safe as possible while this particular vehicle is on the road.
Your vehicle’s safety depends on certain elements: the brakes, lights, steering, tires, and suspension, just to name a few. Our visual and hands-on inspection of these and other components will give you added comfort and safety everywhere you go!
The health of the environment is an area where all drivers can do their part. Cars and trucks built within the last 5-10 years are much better for the environment than older vehicles, but as they age, they, too, will emit more toxic fumes into the air we breathe. Having a clear picture of your vehicle’s emissions will let you and your Phoenix mechanic know which services the auto needs and when.
The Clean Air Act of 1990 required many states to begin this type of testing, but every state is different, so if you are moving from another state to Arizona, you need to familiarize yourself with our emissions requirements. Chelsee’s pros can help!
A third aspect of auto inspection is the mechanical side of things. Although a mechanical inspection isn’t necessarily required by Arizona law, Chelsee’s AC & Brake Emporeum highly recommends that you have a full mechanical inspection done at least every two years.
In many situations, we do mechanical auto inspections for drivers seeking a second opinion or those in the midst of an insurance claim process. Mechanical inspections can include the drive train, battery, brakes, electrical system, axles, and much more.
While the state of Arizona has its own ideas about how often a vehicle should be inspected, many drivers see the need for auto inspection in many different situations, be it safety, emissions, or mechanical issues. Chelsee’s technicians can help you decide a schedule for your auto inspections that you feel comfortable with as well as one that will keep you legally covered in case of an accident or a routine auto inspection check.
Other Reasons for Auto Inspection
Because it’s the law is a good enough reason to have your vehicle inspected routinely. Just doing what is legally required is absolutely fine, but there are some unique situations when you will need – or simply want – to have a vehicle inspected by a qualified team of professionals, and the Chelsee’s team can help you in those times, too.
Here are a few of them:
In the case of title transfers, bonded titles, buying or selling a vehicle, it’s a good idea to have an inspection done since the property is legally trading hands. Whether you’re on the selling or receiving end of the deal, it’s good to know the condition of the vehicle before anything is finalized. If you are dealing with family or friends, a simple auto inspection can preserve relationships because of our objective, third-party evaluation.
Other drivers simply want a thorough inspection done periodically – yearly or every couple of years – just to know what’s going on with their vehicle. Our technicians can easily tell you how much life your tires have left or if the spark plugs or alternator are in danger of giving out on you in the near future. You can take preventative measures to replace these parts before you get stranded with a dead battery.
Chelsee’s also does inspections for drivers who are about to head out on a road trip. This is one of the best times to have your car looked at, but it’s a step that many travelers skip because of time or money constraints. Whether you’ll be traveling a few hundred miles or several thousand, we can make sure that your vehicle is up to the test!
Currently, 18 U.S. states (including Arizona) require some type of vehicle safety inspection. These are states that were named by the Clean Air Act as ones that needed to be vigilant about air quality to prevent permanent effects. Some states that were not initially required to do emissions and safety testing are taking initiative to add their own standards in the future, while others have done away with their auto inspection programs claiming that the inspections do not guarantee safety and are simply an additional and unfair tax on auto owners.
Phoenix drivers have the assurance that a Chelsee’s auto inspection will cover their personal needs as well as any requirements set by the local and state governing bodies. We understand the need for testing, but we don’t think that owning a car should be penalized with heavy taxes and fees. Therefore, we do our best to keep services like auto inspection affordable for everyone!
Our technicians will conduct your auto inspection quickly, and you’ll have your vehicle back the same day. Scheduling an appointment for auto inspection guarantees that you’ll be in and out fast, so don’t put off your Phoenix auto inspection because you think it’s going to be an inconvenient ordeal! Let Chelsee’s AC & Brake Emporeum show you how easy and quick auto inspection can be!
Auto Inspections Improve Reliability
If you have a car or truck in Phoenix or Glendale that you want to make sure is reliable, considering bringing it to Chelsee’s AC & Brake Emporeum for a vehicle inspection. An inspection can be the key to catching a major issue before it causes a breakdown at a most inopportune time.
Together, our technicians and our high-tech equipment can detect problems within your engine, transmission or braking system. If there is anything that may prevent your vehicle from running poorly – or not at all! A breakdown on the highway, at work, or when picking up your kids at school is extremely stressful, not to mention expensive and inconvenient to repair. With a auto safety inspection by Chelsee’s behind you, you’ll be assured that a faulty engine or brake failure is nowhere in your future.
Our mechanics are highly experienced with all of the different systems of a car and will identify any issues that might be invisible to the untrained eye. These hard workers maintain a stellar reputation for all of the following:
- Working with integrity
- Focusing on the details
- Communicating openly
Everyone in our shop is friendly and dedicated to the complete satisfaction of our customers. We want to make it easy to bring your car in for an auto inspection by offering flexible appointment scheduling during the week, and we’ll work around any of your limitations. Our goal is to complete projects promptly so that you can get back on the road.
All these qualities add up to something that’s hard to find anywhere else in Phoenix: a dependable, trustworthy Phoenix auto care center that locals can trust!
Car Inspection Phoenix Needs – Done Right!
You’ll see auto garages advertise a (fill in a number here)-point inspection, and they’ll promise you that their magic number is the right one. At Chelsee’s AC & Brake Emporeum, we don’t limit ourselves by telling customers that we’ll check a certain number of items on their vehicle.
Instead, we start with the items that the state of Arizona requires and make sure your bases are covered there. Next, we check all the most common areas for problems to occur, investigating further in any and every area where there are signs of wear and tear, misuse, or damage.
Here are the things you can expect us to look at during your Chelsee’s AC & Brake auto inspection:
- Windshield wipers
- Steering wheel
- Steering column
- Seat belts
- Brake system
- Parking brake on 1960 models and newer
- Exhaust system
- Exhaust emission system on 1968 models and newer
- Tail lights
- License plate lamp
- Rear reflectors
- Turn signals on 1960 models and newer
- Head lights
- Serial numbers and VIN
- Window tinting
- Gas caps
Of course, this list is not exhaustive, but it does give you an idea of how thorough our examination is. There are some items on our inspection checklist that will keep you from getting a ticket, like ensuring the tail lights and license plate lamp are working. Other things we check are supposed to keep you safe in the event of an accident, while the remaining items will make your car run more efficiently and reduce the number of repairs that you will have to make over time.
It’s great that other auto inspectors tell you how many things they’re going to check, but Chelsee’s technicians don’t stop until they feel confident that the job is done thoroughly!
Auto Inspection Requirements
The laws regarding Phoenix auto inspection can be confusing. If you don’t know whether or not your vehicle is due for an inspection, call us and we can give you the information you need!
For example, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality says that new residents must have their vehicles inspected within 90 days of registration. All Arizona drivers must have an inspection done every 1-2 years depending on the model year and the weight of their vehicle.
Vehicles that must be inspected every year include diesel engines, those with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 8500 pounds, and all vehicles built between 1967 and 1980.
Those that need to be inspected every other year include 1981 models and later and those with a GVWR of less than 8500 pounds.
It’s important to know that some vehicles are exempt from inspection, including those that are model year 1967 and older, as well as gasoline-powered and alternative fuel vehicles 5 or less model years old.
Chelsee’s AC & Brake Emporeum keeps up with all this information so that you don’t have to! Once you have given us the privilege of inspecting your vehicle the first time, we will keep records of our findings and how often it needs to be inspected in the future. We’ll equip your vehicle with a sticker that will verify that your vehicle’s inspection is up to date, and it will also remind you when you’re due for another one.
Our team will make sure that your vehicle is safe to drive and fulfills all the requirements set forth by the government, not to mention that we’ll be able to catch small issues before they develop into something much bigger! That assurance is priceless when you depend on your vehicle every single day and you don’t have a lot of extra money to throw away on needless repairs!
Make sure you bring a few items with you to Chelsee’s AC & Brake Emporeum on the day of your auto inspection:
- Your driver’s license
- Your vehicle’s registration
- Proof of insurance
Please bring originals so that there won’t be a delay in your results or the registration renewal of your vehicle! When you leave our shop, you’ll have the proof you need that your vehicle is safe for the road and the environment!
At Chelsee’s AC & Brake Emporeum, we’ll stand behind all of our results. We understand the importance of performing a thorough vehicle inspection, and we want to be the shop you trust in Phoenix, AZ. Set up an appointment and learn more about us by contacting our shop today. Click (602) 242-1253