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NY State Inspections
11-15-2013, 09:20 PM
Post: #11
RE: NY State Inspections
Another thing to add, and I could possibly be wrong. But, if I was an inspection place, I could decline you if "I" do not see your vehicle as being fit for the road. Is this true? I seem to think that you cannot be forced to pass a vehicle. Ive known a few places around the area that are very picky about passing a vehicle, yet I didn't read anything on that page that went hand in hand with why they did not pass a few vehicles from a few friends.

So, shopping around is always a good idea if you are being told to make an expensive repair that has nothing to do with safety or inspection.
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11-15-2013, 10:09 PM
Post: #12
RE: NY State Inspections
I believe you are 100% correct.

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11-15-2013, 10:24 PM (This post was last modified: 11-15-2013 10:41 PM by Smithy.)
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RE: NY State Inspections
It's entirely up to the inspector. But the way I see it is that the law gives specific reasons for rejection, not for passage. So if a specific vehicle cannot be rejected for any of the reasons listed, it passes. A vehicle is considered compliant when new and deteriorates from there, your results vary based on usage, operating conditions, and so on.

One example we use in court all the time is some dude drives into the shop, seat belts work, but there is no seat and he is sitting on a plastic bucket. There is no requirement for seats as far as NYSI is concerned, therefore it passes. And no way to fail the vehicle in the system even if you wanted to. So like it or not it passes.


DOT on the other hand has seat requirements, so if the authorities stop you for sitting on the same plastic bucket, your vehicle will be impounded, and you will be ticketed.

(11-15-2013 09:20 PM)Dmiller Wrote:  Another thing to add, and I could possibly be wrong. But, if I was an inspection place, I could decline you if "I" do not see your vehicle as being fit for the road. Is this true? I seem to think that you cannot be forced to pass a vehicle. Ive known a few places around the area that are very picky about passing a vehicle, yet I didn't read anything on that page that went hand in hand with why they did not pass a few vehicles from a few friends.

So, shopping around is always a good idea if you are being told to make an expensive repair that has nothing to do with safety or inspection.

Nothing forces you to pass any vehicle, but if the vehicle owner calls you out on it there needs to be a good reason as to why. A state audit for the shop isn't any fun. Most places that are "fussy" are just looking for work. Or don't know the law.

Shop around or call them out on it.

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05-11-2016, 08:30 PM
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RE: NY State Inspections
(11-15-2013 07:29 PM)fast_cobra_427 Wrote:  I know pre-96 doesn't get plugged in, I'm just curious as to why they worded it the way they did. Like they are assuming everything newer than 87 is equipped with smog/emission equipment. It just goes to show it's all in how you interpret it.

Also here's a tip if you are in a pinch for inspection and have a way to check inspection monitors. 96 to 2000 will pass with two monitors not complete and 2001 and newer will pass with one not complete.

The emissions portion of a pre 96 vehicle is a visual inspection of all factory equipped emmisions components, like the converter, pcv valve, egr, thermostatic air cleaner and pollution pumps.
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