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TEXAS: Discounts off passenger car Texas State Inspection

jw461 144 May 23, 2011 at 11:19 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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#31
Used afive off in Plano a while back. Worked fantastic.
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#32
You can get your vehicle inspected in any county, however, if the vehicle is registered in an emissions requirement county and you get it inspected in a non-emissions county then you will need to sign a affidavit and select one of three choices. The one I select is something like "I will not use my car in an emissions county and is I do, I will get it inspected there first, even if my current non-emissions inspection is not expired. I also think that the inspection stickers look different although I'm not certain about that.

It's only 20 bucks for me in the non-emissions county. I had no idea that it cost 40 bucks everywhere else. Lame.
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#33
I live in Austin, so I should get my car inspected in San Antonio and save $20?
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#34
Hill Country of Texas--inspections are $14.50
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Quote from Nihsnek View Post :
No, you can get a car tested in any city/county. I go to school in Waco (McLennan county) and get my car inspected down there since it's only $14 (no emissions).

Just tell the inspector you go to school in that city/county.
Sic 'em ?!
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#36
I would be careful.
You are better off taking your car for inspection that offer only state inspections (Do not have a repair business)
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Quote from evilgenius View Post :
You can get your vehicle inspected in any county, however, if the vehicle is registered in an emissions requirement county and you get it inspected in a non-emissions county then you will need to sign a affidavit and select one of three choices. The one I select is something like "I will not use my car in an emissions county and is I do, I will get it inspected there first, even if my current non-emissions inspection is not expired. I also think that the inspection stickers look different although I'm not certain about that.

It's only 20 bucks for me in the non-emissions county. I had no idea that it cost 40 bucks everywhere else. Lame.
Yes, last I looked they have a line under them to indicate it was inspected with emmission tests. You can face a hefty fine if caught with a car registered in a county requiring emissions without an emmissions test. Don't suggest giving a cop a reason to pull you overWink
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#38
I'm not saying it hasn't happened or doesn't happen regularly, but the only times I've been failed is if my car didn't meet the state criteria. If your tires are down to the wear bars, you fail. If your wiper blades are worn out, you fail. If your check engine light is on, you fail. None of this is unethical.

The list of items inspected is specific...it's not just a "whatever they can find" inspection:

http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/vi/i...ssubmit=Go

I have to be careful where I go because my tint is too dark on one of my cars. Just because I know of one station that doesn't use a light meter, doesn't mean all the other ones who DO use one are corrupt.
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For once, something is cheaper in New Jersey than Texas... NJ State inspections are FREE :-)
I love driving through NJ. The guys always pump the gas for me at the same price as self service.
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Sic 'em ?!
Sic 'em!!! nod
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Sic 'em!!! nod
Sic 'em here too!!!!!!!!
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#42
it is only $14.50 down here in the RGV ( Brownsville area )
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Quote from bigbearballs View Post :
I live in Austin, so I should get my car inspected in San Antonio and save $20?
Nah...just go to Arbor. I just got a emissions/state inspection for $28.75 AND a coupon for a free MightyFine burger. Better than a poke in the eye! The Arbor folks have always been straight with me(but I do own newer vehicles that haven't had any 'wear' issues). They also sent DW a 'birthday' coupon for $25 off services(except inspection). That comes in handy when you're using syn oil Wink .

http://arborcarwash.com/keepausti...page_id=79
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Quote from f2k031 View Post :
I would be careful.
You are better off taking your car for inspection that offer only state inspections (Do not have a repair business)

I took my car one time to get inspected at a repair shop and i somehow failed the test. He told me for 200 bucks he will pass me. I went to a different place and pass the same day
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#45
Updated the Wiki with 5 more places.
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