Years ago I lived in a place that required safety inspections for all cars. You took your car to a mechanic and they verified
- the windshield wipers cleaned the windows adequately
- all the exterior lights worked
- they removed one front and one rear drum and verified everything about the brakes was in spec
- tire tread within spec
- quick look as suspension/steering components, brief, they’d only note something really bad
This safety inspection didn’t cost very much, $15 I think. I always thought that was a pretty good program. It seemed to produce a population of cars where all the lights worked, the windshield washers worked, and the brakes & tires were functional. It’s true this was a bit of a hassle for the owner, but overall good bang for the buck.
Here in Calif there’s no such safety inspection program. In some ways it’s good there isn’t one here, b/c Calif politicos don’t seem to be able to do anything in a simple fashion. They’d be inspecting the tire pressure monitor accuracy, the brightness of the backup camera display screen, etc. But if states could come up with a simple safety inspection program for a minor fee, as described above, I think that would be a good thing. Other people here I ask tell me “no”, “it would just be a way to scam more money from the car owner”.
What do you think?