A brake and light inspection is a straightforward procedure that typically costs less than $100.00 for standard vehicles. Since the inspection's primary function is to make sure your car is safe to drive, there's a chance of failure. In that case, your mechanic will help address the issue that resulted in the failure, which could incur additional costs.
A brake and light inspection is a basic service meant to establish the brakes' functionality and lights on your car. The primary purpose is to ensure these two systems of your vehicle communicate properly among themselves and that your lights are effectively communicating to other cars on the road. The primary purpose is to make sure your car is safe to drive.
Certain states, like California, require brake and light checks. However, several different scenarios require this type of inspection to be performed both in California and elsewhere. Such circumstances include:
If you're in a state like California where these tests are mandatory, you're probably wondering about the cost. Well, like other car-related operations, it varies from place to place. But as this is a reasonably straightforward process, you'll pay for both the inspections and certifications themselves. In the inspection, your mechanic is looking for things like wiring issues, functioning indicators, and interior wear and tear that could render your brakes less effective.
In general, here are a few things you should have to make sure you pass your inspection and get your certification.
If you fail your first inspection, your certification is extended by 90 days from the day of your first inspection. Your mechanic will review the cost of repairs with you, which can be anything from a wiring issue to a worn-down brake-pad. Since the issues that cause failure are so wide-ranging, it's impossible to estimate the potential cost. However, most failures are for simple wear-and-tear that generally don't cost too much to fix. You may also be subject to re-inspection fees from your mechanic of approximately $5.00-$10.00.
Most states require insurance to even get an inspection, and they certainly require it to put your car on the road! If your current policy is lacking the coverage you need, we can help you find the right insurance provider.