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A Guide to the Vehicle Inspection Laws in Virginia

Last updated 6 years ago

The state of Virginia requires that your vehicle, whether it’s new or used, stay up to date on two different types of inspections: emissions and safety. Educate yourself to learn about these inspections and how to ensure that your Nissan passes them:

Emissions Inspection

  • Requirements

Most areas of Virginia require that you take your vehicle in for an emissions inspection every two years. You will have to get a smog check before you can register your car.

  • Waivers

You do not have to get an emissions test if your Nissan is being titled for the first time in the state of Virginia. If your Nissan is 25 years or older, you won’t have to pass an emissions inspection. If you have a fully electric Nissan Leaf you won’t have to worry about emissions tests—vehicles powered exclusively by clean fuel are exempt. Some Nissan hybrids are also exempt.

  • How to Pass

Keeping up with routine maintenance, such as oil changes, fluid flushes, and new air and oil filters, is the easiest way to ensure that your vehicle is running cleanly and efficiently.

Safety Inspection

  • Requirements

As soon as you register your vehicle in Virginia, you must have it inspected for safety.

  • Waivers

If you bought a brand new Nissan in Virginia, it will be exempted from a safety inspection for one year.

  • How to Pass

In order to pass the safety inspection, you will have to make sure that your Nissan’s brakes are in good shape. If you hear or feel anything unusual during braking, it’s a good idea to take it to the Nissan dealership for a repair. Also, be sure that your turn signals, mirrors, windshield wipers, and brake lights are working.

To prepare your Nissan for its next inspection in the state of Virginia, come to Brown’s Fairfax Nissan for high quality service. To make an appointment, give us a call at (703) 591-8009.


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