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Vehicle Inspections at Aarrow Transmission

We are licensed to perform your vehicle's inspection as an official Virginia Inspection Station.  Don’t worry – our full-service repair shops and expert mechanics have what it takes to correct any issue.  Once your car has passed inspection, we’ll affix the approval sticker to your windshield. If your car doesn’t pass, any defects must be corrected – and your car must pass inspection – within 15 days. Learn more about our services and why you should choose us as your trusted Richmond mechanics for all your car needs.

 If you’re due for a Virginia car safety inspection, call Aarrow Transmission today at 804-794-2400 (South Richmond-Midlothian) or 804-364-2500 (Glen Allen-Short Pump).


Virginia State Inspection FAQ

Aarrow Transmissions offers state car and truck inspections at our Short Pump/Glen Allen and South Richmond/Midlothian locations! We recommend that you call ahead, but we also welcome drop-offs.
A Virginia State inspection costs $16.00 for motor vehicles and recreation vehicles, plus trailers (including semi-trailers).  The cost is $12.00 for a motorcycle and $51.00 for a tractor-trailer, a truck with a GVW of 26,000 pounds or more, or a vehicle used to transport passengers that has a seating capacity of more than 15 passengers including the driver.
Your inspection sticker expires on the last day of the month indicated on your current sticker. For example, if your inspection sticker has a 4 on it, you will need to get your car inspected by April 30. It’s up to you to get your inspection renewed on time – there are no exceptions for weekdays and holidays, and you won’t receive a reminder from the state. If you can, bring your car in earlier in the month.
We follow the requirements set by the Virginia State Police Superintendent for passenger vehicles. The list of items we inspect includes the following: 
  • Brakes: service, emergency, parking, holding, trailer
  • Batteries
  • Steering and suspension
  • Frame, engine mounts, coupling devices, and emergency chains
  • Tires, wheels, and rims
  • Lamps: headlights, signals, hazards, etc.
  • Mirrors
  • Windshield wiper and defroster
  • Horns and other warning devices
  • Doors
  • Hatch latch system
  • Floor plans
  • Seats and seatbelts
  • Muffler, exhaust systems, and trailer venting
  • Air pollution control system
  • Fuel system
With so many factors that go into your state inspection – like the inspector’s experience, how quickly they work, and the type of vehicle they’re inspecting – it would be difficult to give you an ETA. Rest assured that we take your time seriously and will do the best we can to return your vehicle to you as quickly as possible. The vast majority of our inspections are completed on the same day. While we accept drop-offs, we recommend scheduling your inspection in advance to ensure that your car is inspected promptly.
Cars that fail inspection will receive a rejection sticker. You’ll have 15 days from the day of the rejection to fix whichever faulty equipment led to the failed inspection. If you have questions about what needs to be fixed for you to pass, please feel free to ask us. If you bring your vehicle back to the station that rejected it for reinspection, the inspector will only have to check the items that were rejected previously.
A rejection sticker does not restrict you from driving your vehicle but does not prevent you from being issued a summons for operating your vehicle with defective equipment. This applies to a rejection sticker or an approval sticker.
There’s no grace period, so we recommend having your car inspected here in Richmond prior to registering with the Virginia DMV. Aarrow Transmissions can inspect any vehicle, regardless of where it’s registered.
If you have additional questions about your vehicle safety inspection or Virginia’s requirements, visit the Official Annual Motor Vehicle Inspection Manual.
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