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Old 12-18-2009, 09:35 AM   #1
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Default If your states starts doing inspections.. can they just take your car off the road??

Florida doesn't do any car inspections, but if there was.. my car would certainly not pass.

Say Florida decides to start requiring inspections, would they suddenly take my car off the road even though it's been running like this for.. years?
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Old 12-18-2009, 09:41 AM   #2
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I guess I have been living under a rock my entire life, as I assumed that every state had inspections and it was emissions that was optional

OP, I have no idea how this would work, but you certainly piqued my interest.
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Old 12-18-2009, 09:41 AM   #3
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you are asking a question only a florida lawmaker writing the emissions bill could answer... But certainly yes, they have the legal authority to tell you the car never drives on a public road again until it passes. Doesn't matter how long you have been driving it around modified, if it came from the factory in a condition that would pass emissions it is expected to be relatively the same condition when tested.

Are you talking safety inspections or emissions? safety inspections are the same, and although I don't know of any states that have them, canada is big on them. Same thing applies, if it isn't relatively close to what it came from the factory, you fail.
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Old 12-18-2009, 09:50 AM   #4
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Most likely they would not immediately remove your car from the road. That would be a government taking. In NJ we get a notice that our car failed inspection for whatever reason. The DMV (or whatever it is called now) then slaps a big fail sticker on your windshield and you have 30 days to correct the issue.
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Old 12-18-2009, 09:57 AM   #5
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You would just fail, and would need to fix it in order to drive on the states roads. It would be illegal if you do drive and if you get pulled over then im sure they can tow your car.
In any case i would wait until the law passes, then they would let the public know what would happen if you fail.
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Old 12-18-2009, 10:40 AM   #6
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In NJ we get a notice that our car failed inspection for whatever reason. The DMV (or whatever it is called now) then slaps a big fail sticker on your windshield and you have 30 days to correct the issue.
MA is the same way. You get a chance to fix it and have it re-inspected. If you don't fix it, you can't drive it on public roads.

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Washington, D.C., recently announced it would discontinue its periodic vehicle safety inspections.

The D.C. council noted a lack of any data showing periodic inspections made for safer roads.
http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2...rs-follow.html
http://www.usatoday.com/money/autos/...ons10_CV_N.htm
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Old 12-18-2009, 12:02 PM   #7
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^^ uhh why would they take away an excuse to make a couple million dollars from inspections?
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Old 12-18-2009, 12:05 PM   #8
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maybe it costs more than they make... but i dont really know how much they charge for inspections since i have never done one

this is something i will probably have to worry about someday. here in ks, we just do inspections when getting a car titled from another state. no safety inspections and no emissions.
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Old 12-18-2009, 12:09 PM   #9
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Another reason to love Florida.. no inspections are you serious?!? Massachusetts is completely ridiculous with their inspection standards.

But in response to your question it will probably depend on what you did to your car... if you pulled the cat then i doubt that would be something they'd look past. It takes years for legislators to get bills like that written and passed so if its not being talked about you probably have some time.
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Old 12-18-2009, 12:18 PM   #10
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Florida is really not that great...
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Old 12-18-2009, 12:19 PM   #11
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Remember that driving is a privilege and not a right.

Thus, if your car does not meet the required minimum legal standards of being safely operated on a public road, whatever those standards may be, then yes, your car can in effect be taken off of the road.

The only time you will want a safety inspection program in place is when the guy who's car failed because he did not maintain it crashes into you.
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Old 12-18-2009, 12:45 PM   #12
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this is why i love western CO. no state emmisions test or inspections. only have to comply w/ federal emmisions and even then if you get pulled over the cop will never take a peak at the mods you have. but like everyone has said, if a law passed in florida, then yes if it failed and you didn't fix it they could take your car off the road.
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Old 12-18-2009, 01:24 PM   #13
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^^ uhh why would they take away an excuse to make a couple million dollars from inspections?
I'll bet that after a few years, most of the cars registered in the District will fall apart.
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Old 12-18-2009, 01:26 PM   #14
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Akrexak is right... we don't get snow either.
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Old 12-18-2009, 02:01 PM   #15
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i live in florida as well and my car is full catless, my plan if they do this ill just throw my stock exhaust on for inspection and then just swap it back out after. problem solved.
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Old 12-18-2009, 02:12 PM   #16
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in MA they charge 29 dollars for inspection, probably half of which needs to get sent back to the state.

you have to make sure the shop thats inspecting your car isn't an "inspection nazi". If they just plug your car to the state through the obdII and you don't have a cel, you pass. Now if they start checking your window tint, suspension drop, ball joints, cats, exhaust noise...then more than likely they will fail you and you need to find a "mod" friendly shop.

i won't say who but a dealership passes me with flying colors because i have no cels, its all about who you know with this sorta thing
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Old 12-18-2009, 03:41 PM   #17
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Another reason to love Florida.. no inspections are you serious?!? Massachusetts is completely ridiculous with their inspection standards.

But in response to your question it will probably depend on what you did to your car... if you pulled the cat then i doubt that would be something they'd look past. It takes years for legislators to get bills like that written and passed so if its not being talked about you probably have some time.

Yeah you could drive a 24 cylinder quad-turbo diesel that runs really rich and with straights pipes and you'll be fine.

In my case... I got ride of both stock cats, and put in just one high-flow magnaflow cat
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Old 12-18-2009, 04:16 PM   #18
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Yeah you could drive a 24 cylinder quad-turbo diesel that runs really rich and with straights pipes and you'll be fine.

In my case... I got ride of both stock cats, and put in just one high-flow magnaflow cat
Diesels are not checked for emissions in MA.



MA implimented an EPA requirement that's 20 years old an NO state had ever enforced. It states that all kit cars must use engine, tranny and rear end from one donor vehicle and that all emissions equipment must be in place for the year of the donor and that rear end gearing and tranny gearing cannot be changed.

This is just ducky news for guys who have Factory Five Cobras running carbs legally for 10 or 15 years. Lots of these guys are parked.....and of course the state is no longer collecting registration, inspection or excise tax on them. I'm lucky in that I am running donor stuff in my car, otherwise, I'd either park it or sell it.


So what does this mean for Florida? They can make any law they want and if it says that your car can't be on the road, then legally, it can't be on the road.
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Old 12-18-2009, 05:43 PM   #19
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i guess one nice thing about cali, is that we only have emmisions and no other inspection.
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Old 12-18-2009, 07:13 PM   #20
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In Jersey inspection is free at a state facility. If you fail they give you between 30 and like 45 days depending on what you failed for. I failed one time for a cracked headlight housing and they told me it was sharp and was a hazard. Of course I gave a smart a** response that if someone was touching my headlight it would be because I was running them over and the last thing they would worry about is my cracked headlight housing . I drove out and pulled over and put some clear packing tape over it that I had in my truck and drove right back through and passed . I personally have never seen them take someones car away but I am sure it is totally possible.
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Old 12-18-2009, 07:58 PM   #21
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MA implimented an EPA requirement that's 20 years old an NO state had ever enforced. It states that all kit cars must use engine, tranny and rear end from one donor vehicle and that all emissions equipment must be in place for the year of the donor and that rear end gearing and tranny gearing cannot be changed.
The engine and emissions stuff I understand, but requiring the tranny and rear end to be unchanged is ****ing retarded.
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MA is the same way. You get a chance to fix it and have it re-inspected. If you don't fix it, you can't drive it on public roads.
I think you can get a waiver from emissions.

You have to take it in to get repaired at an authorized garage. But if it ends up costing a certain percent of the value of the car you can apply for a waiver. I think.
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Old 12-19-2009, 12:51 AM   #23
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I live in a part of Tennessee that doesn't do emissions, so I wouldn't know.
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Old 12-19-2009, 02:39 AM   #24
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Emissions inspection only in WA (no safety inspection), and all they do is plug into your computer and make sure there's no codes and the sensors are working for cars with OBDII computers. Older cars get a tailpipe sniff, but no visual inspection. Also, no inspections on cars newer than 5 yrs. old or older than 25 yrs.

My old Nissan 4WD truck with all the emissions stuff removed and a hollowed out cat would pass the tailpipe sniff.
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Old 12-19-2009, 02:56 PM   #25
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^^ uhh why would they take away an excuse to make a couple million dollars from inspections?
The article says they will save $400,000 so I guess the fees were not covering the cost. Presumably substantially raising the fees would have been too unpopular.
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