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Don't Overlook These Simple Fixes When Getting Your Car Ready for Inspection

When you're getting your car ready for an inspection, either to sell it or to update its paperwork, you want to ensure you don't overlook any details of what's included in that inspection. You may know to ensure the brakes, transmission, and steering are working and in good repair, but there are also some minor issues that are included and that are easy to overlook. You may not realise that these minor issues will be included in the inspection and that they affect the vehicle's safety and performance. Note a few of those here so you avoid overlooking them before your inspection is scheduled:


Your car won't pass inspection if it has a spare tyre rather than four full-size, regulation tyres. Each tyre also needs to have all its necessary lug nuts installed, and these need to be in good repair, without excess rust. If the tyres have spokes, each spoke must be in good repair, with none that are missing, bent, or broken.

The tyres, rims and other parts of the wheels must be free of cracks that could cause them to split or otherwise affect the safety of the tyres. The tyre size also needs to be compatible with the rim size; this includes both height and width.

Seats and seatbelts

The driver's seat especially must be in good repair so that nothing interferes with safe driving, such as having a back or slider that doesn't lock in place. There also must be no protrusions or anything sticking out of the seats, such as a broken spring or other such pieces.

The head restraints of the seats must be secure and in good working order. Seatbelts must be present and in good working order; the webbing cannot be frayed or cut or otherwise damaged in a way that would interfere with the belt's safety and function.

Windscreens and windows

The windscreen cannot have chips, cracks, or other damage that would interfere with the driver's vision and clear sight of the entire roadway. The windscreen itself and cleaning jets need to be positioned and fitted properly, so as to avoid water leaks and other such damage around the windscreen. There are also limits as to the amount of tint that can be applied to the windscreen; check your local department of vehicles to ensure your windscreen is not too dark to pass inspection. Restrictions also apply to other windows, as the driver needs to look out these windows to see the entire road and all other road users.

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