Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 10:56 pm Post subject: MA Inspection %#$^#$#
I had my wife bring in the 2001 Impala LS for its annual MA inspection. She met me outside when I got home from work stating the car got a rejection sticker. I asked, "What for?". She said 2 things need to be fixed. 1st the licence plate had lost too much reflectivity so it needs to be replaced. This sounds like a contradiction of interest. I got rejected for MA registry inspection, now have to pay more to the registry because a plate they made isn't shiny enough. Secondly, the exhaust is too loud. I had a GMPP stainless exhaust on this car for 3+ years with no problems. My wife knew this and asked the dealer why they were rejecting it when they had passed the same exhaust for 3+ years. They told her they had just instected and passed a 4WD PU. They said the MA State Police stopped by and did a surprise inspection and ripped the inspection sticker they just put on this PU off. I think this may have been the dealer being "gun shy" and my wife going in at the wrong time. Does anyone else have any problems getting the GMPP passed during inspections?
I mentioned to my wife about going to another station. She investigated it and was told that IF we go where we got the rejection sticker, then they would pass it if we fixed the "flaws". However if we decide to go to another station, then we pay the ENTIRE fee all over IF they decide to touch it.
In order to get it passed, I had to take off the GMPP exhaust then out the original back on. Then pay an additional $ 15 for one plate. The registry officer was REALLY pleasant on the phone. When I asked him "what" and didn't understand what he wanted me to do. he said "Sir, you are not listening to me!". When he asked me for my plate number, I told him what it was. He said, it's not a valid plate. I told him 2 more times, then had to say it phonetically. To which he finally got it. I should have handed him the same you are not listening speech.
I don't feel like putting the GMPP exhaust back on right now with winter coming. Maybe in the spring.
So... to get back to my question, does anyone else have problems getting the GMPP to pass inspection in other states? My brother had very similar problems with the GMPP exhause on his Pontiac Grand Prix and I know since he lives in a different town, he goes to other inspection stations.
In md licensed inspection stations do the inspection, they charge a set amount that the state charges them to do them they make there money from ďrepairingĒ the problems i.e. when I took my imp into one station they failed it cause I had a tag light out and side marker light. The parts store was across the street they said they would fix this for 15 bucks. I was thinking I could get the bulbs and use the parts store tools for only 4 bucks so I said I would fix it myself the guy then got a bum look on his face like I told him I just ran over his boston terrier with my car and gave him two bags of dog parts one for the front and the other for the rear. Now when I was just turning 16 I tried to get my 89 chevy threw and took it to a for dealer lol. now this truck was a state truck so it had the holes in the roof for lights they failed it cause of this and my two front tires matched but they didnít match the two rear matching tires meaning I had two different sets on my truck and there was a couple more things they nailed me for then they gave me a quote for fixing it all. It was more than I paid for the truck. Now in de inspections are a d.o.t. job so they tend to let somethings go as long as your nice and tell the guy you will fix it. took me 6 or so times to get my 86 chevy threw emissions good thing you donít have to pay for de inspection
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Well as far as the new plate you should not have to pay for a new one. The plate was not modified or damaged by you. The plate has just lost its usefulness, which the rmv should now replace. As for the exhaust unfortunately in ma it can be no louder than from the factory. So it is up to the discretion of the inspector. Some guys will pass you some won't, it sucks.
Yeah the whole noise law is a joke. If they are serious about reducing automotive noise, they ought to outlaw bikes altogether. Not that I have anything against bikes, but finding a car that's louder is far more difficult than the other way around.
In NC I had to get a safety inspection just around a month ago. Nothing was said about noise and I was reading the board about everything they test for...nothing about it on there either. Found out my window tint is 36% though, always wondered about that.
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