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Will this tyre fail its MOT?

It's a smallish cut on the sidewall, and I don't think it goes deep enough to reach the cords. Thanks.
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I/M Readiness Test: How to know if I WILL pass emissions test?

My OBD monitor showed all as OK. My manual says that this means "monitor has completed diagnostic testing." During the emissions inspection, will the mechanic just plug a similar device into my car ...
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How do you quiz the electronics of a Mercedes?

I am planning to inspect a 2012 Mercedes S550 for possible purchase. How do I interrogate the electronic system of the car to get information about things that currently may not be working, or about ...
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Struts blew out very soon after Coil Spring replacement

I got a car inspection in November and they told me my coil springs were cracked and needed to be replaced. I got the work done as recommended and pretty soon after this, my car was making a weird ...
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NYS Inspection Failed - Seized caliper?

My partner went to Mavis today for an inspection, despite my fears that they'd try to milk her for a job. Sure enough, they came up with a whole list of things the car needed and vague reasons why ...
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Need help understanding diagnostic report for a potential purchase

I am interested in buying a Honda CR-V 2014 AWD and we took the car to an inspection agency. There were a few issues based on the inspection and I am not sure how to move forward with the sale. The ...
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Is an SGS Automotive inspection as reliable as an inspection by a local mechanic? [closed]

eBay motors recommends that vehicles be inspected by SGS Automotive, a professional vehicle inspection service. The alternative would be to hire a local mechanic to do the inspection. My main concern ...
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Is there something the garage know that I don't?

When a garage services a car, what is the information it has access to? Obviously, by looking at the make, year, model, condition, it can already infer a lot. Using the information displayed on the ...
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“Oil change overdue by sticker. (45)”

I recently brought my car for a 30,000 mile maintenance inspection. It was returned with Repair Order that I didn't read in details at the time. Now, I realized that there's a note, on the second ...
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Unsure what to repair first after 27 point inspection

I was given a summary of my 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe after a 27 point check: Wheels must be retorqued within 50km Tire pressure set at 35 Front tires LF10 RF10 Rare tires LR10 RR10 Tire size 225/70R16 ...
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What is better for selling a car, inspection by dealer or highly rated local mechanic? [closed]

I am selling a car and will get the car inspected and provide the inspection results to future potential buyers. What is better for selling a car, inspection by dealer or highly rated local mechanic? ...
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Will an airbag light fail safety inspection in NJ?

Main question I have a 2010 VW Jetta. I live in New Jersey. I'm due for a safety inspection in eight months and have an airbag light that's on. As far as the dealership can tell, nothing is wrong ...
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Taking my car to get inspected today in NY

I have an 05 Dodge Durango, I am taking it to get it inspected today, but someone ripped off the rear wiper blade a couple months ago, will they fail me due to a missing rear blade?
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Failed inspection due to rust on rotors?

I'm having my car inspected (VT); its a 2014 BMW 328xi. The dealer is inspecting it and said there is a "heavy amount of rust on the inside of the rear brake rotors," and that they would have to turn ...
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Can a mechanic not share inspection results to the the seller?

I am in the process of selling my used car to a private buyer. The buyer asked to have the car inspected at a local mechanic. After picking the car up from the shop, I asked for the results of the ...
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How do I inspect a used tire?

Used tires, how can I be sure that they are roadworthy? Aside from looking at the general appearance, how do I properly inspect the tire(s)? Are there any scenarios, (damage has occurred), where I ...
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How do I check the exhaust system for damage after being rear ended at about 5mph?

After my last question, where I was rear-ended at about 5mph, I was told to check my exhaust system for damage. However I know nothing about to look out for. What should I look out for? What common ...
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How to conduct an at-home winter safety check?

I have an '09 Honda Fit. It's a manual transmission. I bought it in the summer of 2013 and there are no warranties left on it. Other than regular oil changes, tire rotations, and having the battery ...
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Will an inspection done by a certified mechanic reveal any and all damage done to a car that has been in a previous accident?

So I'm looking to buy my first car. I'm going to buy something used and have come across a dealership that sells previously leased cars. I've looked up reviews for this particular dealership and most ...
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Ford Expedition sitting on my driveway [closed]

I have a ford expedition 2001 with about 250K miles on it. A fantastic vehicle. However every time I go for inspection it costs me a couple of grand (last couple of years). This time I did not have ...
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Sedan car door modified - inspection issues

I am interested in buying a car where the seller modified the car door into Lamborghini-like butterfly doors. Will there be safety issues, so that the mod will not pass state inspection? Let's ...
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Connection point on a 2007 Impala for vehicle inspection

I recently had my 2007 Impala at a dealer for a routine lube, oil change, tire rotation, and a NYS Vehicle Inspection. Shortly after that I found puddles of water on the front passengers floor. I ...
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External mechanic inspection on CPO car? [closed]

I am about to buy a used Certified Pre-Owned(CPO) car. I have read that external mechanic inspection is recommended when buying used cars but does that hold true for CPO cars too? Would it be wise to ...
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Is there any safe way to buy a used car and have it shipped to me?

I'm looking to buy a used car that is somewhat uncommon in the combination of year, make, model, trim package, etc. I found a car that I would like to buy but it is a 17-hour car ride away (one way). ...
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What to look for when buying a salvage title car

Other than the normal stuff to look for when buying a used car, what else should you check or have inspected when buying a used car with a salvage or junk title?
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Parking brake inspection question

NY State inspection guidelines call for a parking brake test similar to this: "Car must hold in Drive under moderate acceleration. Parking brake must lock in place and be released independently from ...
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What shop tools are most helpful for inspecting used cars?

I am curious what benefit a shop would provide vs a mobile inspection service. I know a lift is helpful in seeing certain parts of the car, and an engine code scanner is very helpful. Any others?
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MA Inspection rejected due to wiper blades. For real?

I took my car to my dealer to get inspected and they tried to pressure me into buying some new wiper blades from them for ~$40. The blades are only 6 months old, and the car is otherwise in great ...
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shop can't connect to onboard diagnostic system?

I've recently moved to California and am trying to get my car registered; they require a smog check (which is possibly actually more of an inspection than the name implies?). I went by a very basic ...
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Safety Inspection after repair

My car was recently repaired (turbo air intake motor, motor mounts, brakes) at which time I also asked them to do the annual NC safety inspection. When I picked up the car and asked about the ...
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How much of the exhaust is the “cat-back”

My brother-in-law's car has just failed inspection. One of the items listed was a "cat-back." Since the bill is astronomical, I was wondering how much of the exhaust system is encompassed in this term ...
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2000 Nissan Maxima Service engine light

The dealer diagnosed it and says it got tripped by catalytic converter and rear oxygen sensor. The total estimate was around $2000. The blue book value on his car is around that amount. Is there a way ...
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What things should I look for when inspecting a used vehicle? [closed]

I recently bought a new (to me) car. The biggest difficulty I have is trying to determine what if any major mechanical problems there might be, and what to look for when inspecting the vehicle and ...