Vehicle Inspection: Is It Really Necessary?

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Vehicle Inspection: Is It Really Necessary?

In the great state of Texas, all vehicles must pass an official state safety and emissions inspection every year in order to legally drive on the state roads. Having your vehicle inspected not only ensures that you’re safe on the road, but it also ensures that every other car around you is safe as well.

What Happens During Your Texas State Vehicle Inspection?


Auto inspections are an opportunity for drivers to discover and fix any problems they may not have been made aware of. It’s also a chance to get rid of a problem before they develop into even bigger problems that could lead to costly repair bills or an inoperable car. Your vehicle will be tested in a number of different areas to make sure that it is fully functional and able to be on the road. 

Visual Inspection

While the inspection is not too entirely exhaustive, the inspector will test & examine the following:


  • Horn
  • Windshield Wipers
  • Mirrors
  • Steering
  • Seat Belts
  • Brake System
  • Tires
  • Wheel Assembly 
  • Exhaust System
  • Exhaust Emission System
  • Beam Indicator
  • Turn Signals

Computer Diagnostic

You can easily conclude what a visual inspection entails: a qualified repair technician looking at your car’s parts and systems and making note of what is and is not normal. However, what do computer diagnostics accomplish that a visual inspection does not? Computer assessments provide information based on data collected while your car is driven and stored. When a technician uses computer diagnostics, he receives a list of possible problem areas in your car that need to be further evaluated. 

For exact information on what is expected on what vehicles, you can visit the Texas Department Of Public Safety page.

Trust Our Certified Experts For Your Vehicle Inspection


So yes, it is absolutely necessary to have your vehicle inspected. For legal reasons and obvious safety reasons. In Houston, we rely on our cars every day to get families and ourselves around town. Investing the time and money into an annual vehicle safety inspection is a proactive step in reducing your chances of breaking down on the way to work or getting stuck at the parking lot of a movie theatre! 


At Eric’s Car Care, we’re experts in preventative care and auto repair. All of our automotive technicians and service professionals are ASE-Certified, and we offer a lifetime BG protection plan on all BG products!

Give us a call to schedule your car inspection today!

Written by Eric's Car Care