Vehicle inspections, also commonly referred to as safety checks, are one of the most important responsibilities you have as a driver. In Hawaii, you need to get an official vehicle inspection every year to verify your car is safe for the road. Here’s what you need to know about this automotive task.
What Is a Vehicle Safety Check?
With over 30,000 parts in the average car, a significant number of them play a direct role in the safety of your vehicle. A properly functioning car not only keeps you safe but also helps prevent issues that could endanger others on the road.
State law requires that you have your car inspected by a licensed mechanic. During these inspections, a wide range of parts will be checked for any repair or maintenance issues. Drivers must provide their valid vehicle registration, original auto insurance cards, and their payment to complete the inspection.
Which Components Are Checked During Vehicle Inspections?
Safety checks cover a wide range of components that can have a direct impact on driver safety, including the headlights, windshield wipers, and mirrors, which affect visibility; the braking and steering systems, which influence handling; and protective parts like the seatbelts or horn. Even seemingly minor issues, like an inoperative taillight, can increase the risk of an accident.
Any parts that fail the inspection must be repaired immediately. Failure to address these problems could result in fines or registration revocation.
Whether you need a state vehicle inspection or auto repair, count on AutoTech in Kealakekua, HI. In business for over 14 years, their ASE®-certified technicians provide quality work for all makes and models to keep you safe on the road. Please call us at (808) 322-8881 to schedule an appointment for your annual safety check or visit us online for more information.