Mandatory Vehicle Inspection (rant)

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  1. downburst82

    downburst82 SS.org Regular

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    For many years they had "Aircare" in my City (North Vancouver, Canada) which would be your emissions testing, beyond that there was no safety checks really. People used to come up with ways to cheat the test...or Insure the Vehicle in a different town of there was no way it would pass. My dad had a work van Registered/Insured in a town 4 hours from us called Kelowna...the van had never been there :mrburns:.

    Anyways they got rid of it a few years ago for whatever reason and life is much simpler....Also I know own that work van now and im glad I dont have to be sketchy and insure it out of city.
     
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    mongey SS.org Regular

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    In my state ,NSW, in Australia we have had this forever. when you renew your yearly registration you need a pick slip first ,which is a roadworthy inspection

    they are pretty strict.,and if you have an older car it can be areal pain .

    back in the day if you knew a mechanic they could do you a favor and pass you but now its all online and its a big risk to try to pass anything dodgey through
     
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    Xaios Foolish Mortal Contributor

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    Heh, attending school in Kelowna right now. Plus, that point isn't irrelevant to the topic at hand. Because I'm just a student here and maintain my Yukon residency, I get to keep my Yukon registration and insurance while I'm here (and thank God, because ICBC is a PITA). In the Yukon, vehicle inspections are at the discretion of your insurance carrier (which is all privatized in the Yukon), so there's no getting harped on by the government for inspections on a regular basis, and insurance companies practically never ask for more than 1 inspection over the lifetime of a vehicle unless they're given a specific reason to do so (eg car was in an accident). I would know, I was an insurance broker for 7 years.
     
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    Aircare guy cancelled because it got called out on what a fucking scam it really was.

    I remember when it was something like a month until it was supposed to be discontinued and for some reason I was still expected to go get the emission test.... despite the fact that IT WOULDN'T MATTER EITHER WAY IN 30 MORE DAYS.

    I just never did it and never got caught chalk it up as a win for the people :lol:

    Off topic, but they pulled the same shit with bridge tolls. Did away with all the tolls, but you still have to pay for the crossing from the day before. I am loving the no more tolls anywhere in the city though.
     
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    It comes down to what you believe is necessary, I think.
     
  6. Randy

    Randy ROOMFORYOUROOMFORYOUROOMFORYOU Super Moderator

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    Ideologically, sure. But functionally, we're all victims when things skew too far one way or another, regardless of our ideologies.
     
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    Again, a simple safety inspection is pretty obvious to any driver. Although, most maintenance shops will tell you if your tires need replacing or whatever. They will even show you. It shouldn't be left up to the state to tell someone that their vehicle is unsafe. Find some personal responsibility.

    As for that damn check engine light...I just can't get it to go off in my car. I had the light checked, and it was due to an engine knock sensor. Somebody please tell me why I need to know if my engine is knocking. Because if it is, I'm SOL anyway. Just to be clear, the code isn't coming up to tell me that the engine is knocking. It's because the sensor needs to be replaced. So, I replaced the sensor and reset the light. About a week later it came back on for the same thing. Fuck it, I'll let it blow!
     
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    Suffice to say, it's a flawed technology. It would be nice if they used an OBD II scan as an easy emissions test if available but with the number of reasons for a CEL to be on that have nothing to do with the safe and clean operation of the car, it's horse shit to make that a qualifier on if you can drive it on the road.
     
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    Well when you can get two different sides to quit squabbling, maybe we'll see some progress. As for me, I have my vehicle inspected every 6 months or so and whatever is wrong with my vehicle that doesn't have to be fixed, I pretty much let go. If it doesn't affect how my vehicle behaves, fuck it. I'm driving it as is. My check engine light has been on since I've had the vehicle for nothing worth fixing.
     
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    Cheap solution - cover the light with black electrical tape. :lol:

    The check engine light has never done me any favours. O2 sensor stopped sensing. Cam position sensor stopped sensing. The sensor that senses the other sensors sensing stopped sensing. Nothing actually broken except the stupid thing that tells you if something is broken.
     
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    I'm so livid right now. After spending $120 on sensors and swapping those out, then replacing some other crap and brake shoes, too, the state mechanic says it'll cost $1500 to get a sticker, because of the suspension and rust on the undercarriage. Granted, there is some rust, but nothing that bad. I am so sick of this shit. I swear, I could bring in a brand new car off of the showroom floor and they'd tell me it needed a new suspension. I mean, it's NE Vermont. The roads are bumpy. They are not any worse than where I grew up - in fact, they are better. Did I ever have to replace the suspension on my cars in Detroit or in Indiana? Nope. Why is it that the state mechanic in VT wants me to replace my suspension on every vehicle every year?

    This piece of crap car isn't even worth $1500. I have basically no other option though. There's no bus that goes where I work. There's no way I can walk to work or ride my bike once it's below freezing. I'm going to have to leave VT. The state is already taxing me right into the poor house, and this is just another tax that is wayyy too expensive. I pay my taxes. I've worked my ass off to get to a point where I wouldn't have to work more than 60 hours a week just to put food on the table, but now I am honestly at the point where I can't pay my taxes. Like, literally, I honestly cannot afford to pay my taxes and pay my mortgage and keep my car running. It sounds exaggerated, but it's just simple arithmetic. When taxes are due at the end of the year, I simply will not have the money to pay them, and the only thing I bought music-wise this year was a bass, and it wasn't even a nice one. That was early on in the year and I had no idea the summer was going to sink me. And I make pretty good money at my job, too, it's just that for ever penny I ever get in raises, the state charges me another hundred dollars in taxes, and now it's to the point where I honestly don't get how any person can fucking live here.

    The burn is that I just spent two days and $200 fixing my car up for inspection.

    /FML
     

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