A good customer is a knowledgeable one!


We believe the inspection process will be a smooth undergoing event when the customer has all the right information regarding the State and Federal Regulations required to pass an Annual Vehicle Inspection. 


Although your vehicle passed last years inspection, problems can occur very quickly and without doing a self inspection on your vehicles regularly and knowing what to look for is a safety problem for everyone. We strive to educate our customers so they can keep there vehicles operating safely throughout the year.  We find more of our customers receiving less safety rejections on there vehicles by giving them the knowledge they need.


This section will be a work in progress and updated regularly as needed with some of the common question's that we are asked on a regular basis. Have a question please contact us.


Updated 12/14/2016


Safety Checklist

Being efficient and thorough while inspecting your own vehicles for safety problems that can cause your vehicle to fail a safety test is good practice.  A good routine is key in this process and recommend to use some sort of checklist. There are many components on vehicles that can fail and it can be easy to miss one or possibly forget a problem you saw during the process. Click here to view, download or print a pdf file of a simple safety check list.



We accept all kinds of payments to make your billing department happy. Cash, Check, and all major credit cards are accepted for payment. If an invoice needs to be issued we require net-30.


We charge a flat hourly rate door to door along with a state mandatory $35 fee per inspection sticker issued. Contact Us for more information if needed.

Does my vehicle get emissions and safety?
Every vehicle will undergo a safety inspection every year. Vehicles that are eligible for emissions are also tested every year until the vehicle is 15 years old, unles otherwise specified by the RMV rules and regulations




Does my trailer need to be Inspected




Does my trailer need brakes?

Commercial inspector training manual


This manual will have everything that you need to know about inspecting a commercial vehicle. Click here to get it.



Opacity meter limits (tailpipe smoke)


Diesel trucks 10,001 lbs and over

  • 1984-1990 model year 40 percent opacity
  • 1991-1996 30 percent opacity
  • 1997 and newer 20 percent opacity


Diesel buses 10,001 lbs and over

  • 1984- 1987 model years 40 percent opacity
  • 1988 – 1993 model years 30 percent opacity
  • 1994 and newer 20 percent opacity


What if my vehicle failed its inspection?


Black (R) Vehicle has failed for an emmisions problem. You have 60 days from the initial inspection date to repair the problem. Vehicle can still be driven on the road for the remainder of the 60 days. After 60 days vehicle will not be permitted to drive on massachusetts roads.


Red (R) Your vehicle should be taken off the road for repair and is illegal to drive until repaired and reinspected.

Your vehicle must be re-tested and receive a passing sticker within 60 days of its initial inspection. If not, the Registry of Motor Vehicles may suspend your registration.

If your vehicle failed both its safety and emissions tests during its initial inspection, it will be re-tested for both at the same time. The first re-test is free if you bring your vehicle back to the station where it was originally inspected. If you go to a different station, you will need to pay another $35 inspection fee for the first re-test and each subsequent re-test. If your vehicle fails its free re-test, you will also need to pay the $35 inspection fee for each subsequent re-test.



Off-road equipment inspections


Cranes, loaders, dumps, and all other equipment registered to Massachusetts operating on a public road out of a construction zone is required to have an annual state inspection done. For more info regarding requirements please refer to the rmv.


Chock block rules


Every bus having a seating capacity of more than seven passengers, every truck weighing
unloaded more than 4,000 pounds and every tractor, trailer, semi-trailer or combination
which is not equipped with positive spring loaded air parking brakes must be equipped with
one pair of adequate safety chock blocks.


Back-up alarms


Back-up alarms are only required on two types of vehicles:


  • School buses.
  • Vehicles or trailers with a GVWR of more than 12,000 lbs used to deliver gasoline or other flamable materials.


Parking Brake


The parking brake will prevent the vehicle from rolling when the motor is accelerated to approximately 1,200 to 1,300 RPM in the lowest forward gear.