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TEXAS: Discounts off passenger car Texas State Inspection

jw461 82 May 23, 2011 at 10:19 PM in Autos (2)
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Here are the normal prices that nearly everyone charges for the annual state inspection:
http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/vi/m...q/fees.htm

In Dallas, the normal fee for passenger cars is $39.75. Sometimes you can find places that give $5 off, but I've actually found a few places here in Dallas that offer $10 off this price consistently:

City Tire
1829 Belt Line Road, Garland, TX
(972) 414-3400

International Auto & Tire
2009 South Garland Avenue, Garland, TX
(972) 278-8218 ‎

Please post if you know of other large-discount state inspection stations, not just Dallas area.

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#16
In all but a handful of counties in Texas, you an get your car inspected anywhere since all they require is a safety inspection.

For those of us who live in counties with the large metropolitan centers, there is an additional charge because there is an additional emissions test. So we have to pay $40.

For more info here [tx.us].

Check your junk mail for fliers, where you often find coupons.
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#17
i think you guys are talking about registration which has to be paid in the county where your car is registered..inspections can be done anywhere in the state
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#18
I guess if you car is registered in an emission test county, you can only get your state inspection done in the same county. Unless you get a shop that is not as 'careful'. Hate getting taxed twice!!Mad
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#19
Fort Bend County and its stupid emission test.. but I love it here!
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#20
My 2 cents - never take your car to get inspected anywhere they can sell you something. There are stations that do only inspections and sell nothing else. Not sure if these are everywhere in Texas, but we have a few in the North Dallas suburbs and in Lewisville that are green and white facilities that look like former gas stations. Everyone else makes a bad habit of not passing you unless you buy something like new belts, wipers, etc.
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#21
I don't know if the county matters any more, at least in practice. I used to live in Rockwall county and always got inspected in Dallas because that's where the discounts are.
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#22
I'm from FL. Is there free shipping?
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#23
Does anyone know of a cheap place in Houston? Mine expires in week!
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#24
For once, something is cheaper in New Jersey than Texas... NJ State inspections are FREE :-)
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Quote from pecosbull View Post :
Does anyone know of a cheap place in Houston? Mine expires in week!
Everywhere is cheap, $40 or you can save a buck and go to a discount place that will fail you for wiper blades.
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#26
In my experience,most of the gas station owners in Houston are dishonest in terms of state inspection. They want to see your car is failing emission test and force you to replace lot of stuff in your car for a hefty amount of money. I believe state inspection is another name for earning money for gas station owners.
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Quote from jared306 View Post :
Everywhere is cheap, $40 or you can save a buck and go to a discount place that will fail you for wiper blades.
This is not funny. It happened to me in my 350z last year.

Twice.
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#28
I have seen and used the one place by Ohio & headquarters in the shell gas station. This guy usually has a $7 off, atleast use to.

Lately, I am doing the Free car wash with somekind of detailing which is working out good for me.
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#29
I had a guy inspect my car and he stuck something in the gas cap tester to make it pass. I didn't say anything. I'm sure that's totally illegal somehow. That's the type of shop I want to go to. Used to live in Frisco, TX
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#30
interesting... but garland is a bit far for me to drive Frown
about 1hr and half? or maybe about an hour?
gas price is expensive these days... thanks for sharing! Smilie
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