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PA New Vehicle State Inspection - afraid of handing over the key

PA New Vehicle State Inspection - afraid of handing over the key

Picking up my new M3 in few days. Looks like the car will need new vehicle inspection within 2 weeks of delivery in PA. Service center delivery email had this note: "After pick up, your Tesla will still need a state inspection due to PA not recognizing us as a facility that can perform them".

I am just afraid of even a thought of handing over the brand new car to a mechanic so they can do the inspection (basic vehicle safety inspection, take the tire out and check brake pads, maybe requires short ride check also). Anyone gone through this anxiety?

Lorenzryanc | 19 juillet 2018

Not I, but if I'm not mistaken, in PA you can take it to many certified places for the inspection. I'd ask around to see any other Tesla owners have taken it to a place they trust. Perhaps a local place close to your pickup? They'll at least know how to drive one. Take pictures of the car beforehand so if they ding it, you're covered.

WantMY | 19 juillet 2018

Wow, my used CPO Leaf came with free lifetime state inspections at the Nissan dealership.

mikepisko | 19 juillet 2018

Yes are also in PA we were a little nervous. We took it to a local place nearby. My husband stayed with the guy the entire time - he was very nice and understood the anxiety. I know some places are strict about not letting people in the stalls for liability reasons but this place was very good about it.

Michelle

ravisundaramam | 19 juillet 2018

@cannon18: I am in Pittsburgh, PA.

I took it to my regular mechanic, but he did not want to do it. Claimed he was worried lifting the car in his standard hydraulic lift. Some cock and bull story about not wanting to damage something unintentionally.

Then took it to Jiffy Lube. They leave the car parked and there is a pit below the car for them to inspect without using the lifts. They let me stay with the car and they gave me a sticker without any problems.

From maps.google.com copy and paste:
You visited 1 month ago
2869 Washington Rd, Canonsburg, PA 15317
pittsburgh.jiffylube.com
(724) 942-1120
Open now: 8AM–7PM

ravisundaramam | 19 juillet 2018

@WantMY "Wow, my used CPO Leaf came with free lifetime state inspections at the Nissan dealership."

Please sit down, as this might come as a huge shock to you.

Around here in the Tesla forum, the dealerships are not held in high esteem and not having to step into one is considered a huge plus point. We would rather have a large number of independent mechanics competing with one another for our business, fixing the tires, brakes, shocks, state inspections and such routine things.

WantMY | 19 juillet 2018

@ravisundaramam "Please sit down, as this might come as a huge shock to you." I prefer to do everything by myself, but with inspections you have to do it at the authorized stations. I just found a place that does it properly and to my likings. Most folks here have to seek outside help with pretty much anything to do with the car. At least for those, it is better to bring your EV to places familiar with those type of cars and only dealership selling/servicing EV have some clue about EVs.

justind10 | 19 juillet 2018

This is a bummer. I'm picking up in Devon PA next week and was under the assumption the car would come with up to date inspection tags. Not only is it an extra hassle, I'm also pretty reluctant to take the car to a normal inspection shop given the unique jack points on the (seemingly vulnerable) underside of the car.

JFleischood | 19 juillet 2018

Maybe call some local Nissan dealers to see if they will do it. At least they are familiar with full electric vehicles.

JFleischood | 19 juillet 2018

Quick thought/question - What about emissions? Since the car has none, is it exempt from this? Obviously, it should be but wouldn't surprise me if PA is still just trying to do a money grab.

spuzzz123 | 19 juillet 2018

@WantMY "Wow, my used CPO Leaf came with free lifetime state inspections at the Nissan dealership."

The downside of course is, you have to drive a used Leaf.

Pen18 | 19 juillet 2018

@JFleischood At least no emissions required in PA for electric cars.

joe.lynn.atp | 19 juillet 2018

@WantMY "Wow, my used CPO Leaf came with free lifetime state inspections at the Nissan dealership

Almost every dealer does this now. The inspection w/o emissions is usually only about $25. They want you there because if something needs to be fixed you are very likely to tell them to go ahead.

Let’s hope that Tesla gets their PA inspection station license, especially if there are special lift tequirements. (Are there?). This needs to be done every year.

ravisundaramam | 20 juillet 2018

joe.lynn.atp: I don't know it there is a lift requirement. But there are shops like Jiffy Lube that use inspection pits instead of lifts. Thats where I went.

Tesla should probably certify some large national chain to do the inspection. It is a too low a margin business for Tesla to be involved directly in. Spend a couple of million, create training videos and an on line course, may be a certification test.

joe.lynn.atp | 20 juillet 2018

@ravisundaramam I found out the real reason why they don’t do inspections: a PA inspection station must agree to inspect any car, and since they are not trying to get into the general car maintenance business they don’t want to go there.

Tuning In | 20 juillet 2018

@ravisundaramam “WantMy” is as clueless as fk and most people don’t find it worth the effort to respond to his comments. Yet another comment provided by him that provides zero assistance or insight.

WantMY | 20 juillet 2018

@Tuning In Go away stinky TROLL, Yours posts ^^^ are the dumbest and sure very informative and helpful, lol

Rocky_H | 20 juillet 2018

@justind10, Quote: “I'm also pretty reluctant to take the car to a normal inspection shop given the unique jack points”

They’re not unique. Teslas have the jack points in the same place they are for every other car I have ever owned.

Mathias8337 | 20 juillet 2018

in PA too, luckily I'm neighbors with a mechanic...he's quite excited to see it anyways.

alisse | 20 juillet 2018

Getting mine done tomorrow morning. Ahhhhh! Also nervous.

patrick | 20 juillet 2018

If you’re picking up in the Devon, PA location and looking for a good place nearby to get it inspected, I’d recommend my mechanic ( Tommy’s Automotive in West Chester ) they are extremely professional and have been with them for years, never a single issue.

denizen27 | 9 janvier 2019

I know this topic has not had too much traffic recently, but if you have a new Tesla in the Hershey/Harrisburg area, I would highly recommend Matt and his team at Good’s Automotive Service on Cocoa Ave in Hershey for your PA safety inspection. Took awesome care of my Model 3 and will gladly hand them the “card” to my car for future service. Matt even mentioned that he came to the forums to find out more info about the recommended torque for the wheel lugs. So if you're out there Matt ( and team), thanks again for the friendly and knowledgeable service!

AceHBee | 19 mars 2019

@denizen27, thanks for the info. I was about to take to Porsche Dealership in Mechanicsburg, since my buddy have used them for his Tesla Model S and Model 3 inspections. I work in West Shore, but live in Hershey. So I think I will cancel my appointment for Porsche Dealership and bring it to Good’s instead.

tesla88919 | 19 mars 2019

Is this still accurate in PA? It needs to be inspected after you receive the car?

tesla88919 | 19 mars 2019

And if so, anyone suggest a mechanic near Devon or Philadelphia that works with Tesla’s?

AceHBee | 20 mars 2019

Yes, you have 10 days to complete the PA state inspection.

itsnice2be | 20 mars 2019

@tesla88919 I can recommend D'Avico's Auto Repair just down the road
from Tesla in Devon, PA. www.devicosautorepair.com
They inspect lots of Tesla's and are very Tesla knowledgeable.

markatjac | 20 mars 2019

For those mentioning about concerns about jacking the car up. Firstly, yes you can do damage with traditional lifts. Yes, the model 3 does have similar jack points, but the underside is a encased battery pack and not a frame or body etc. SO YOU NEED A FLAT SMALLER SURFACE TO TOUCH THE UNDERSIDE WHERE IT IS JACKED. In order to prevent slippage, you also need the pin to go up in the hole, hence the jack pucks they sell online. Most lifts and jacks have a tooth like top which will gouge and pierce the metal. Other cars have slots or ridges to deal with these other jacks or it does not matter if it puts a nick in it. Not the case with the battery pack. Go online and buy a set of jack pucks or make your own. Keep them in the trunk and instruct anyone who is going to work on the car to use them.

mistergbell | 5 juin 2019

Was wondering the same thing I have 10 days to get it inspected and needed to know a good place to take it for PA state inspection

EPwolf | 5 juin 2019

@mistergbell: What area of PA are you in? Maybe someone here can make a recommendation. Jacking up the Model 3 isn't rocket science, and the pucks are nice but not a necessity. I had mine inspected at my local Liberty gas station, which is owned by a local mechanic. The owner and I spent more time talking about the car than his son took to inspect it. Both father and son loved it. Plenty of places can safely lift a Tesla. With all that said, I still bought a set of 4 pucks for myself. I have a lift in my garage, and the pucks are nice, but not needed. I lifted my Model 3 without the pads when I first got the car. My lift has good jacks with nice pads built-in. I also have a floor jack that I used before installing the lift. That would also do just fine, I'm sure. It has a small jack pad that would probably sit nicely on the Model 3's jack points.

Jack19087 | 5 juin 2019

I feel your angst!
I dropped mine off at the local Sunoco across from the Devon Tesla center and looked the other way. Hoped they were familiar since Tesla is across the street.

I'm happy to report no damage. However since then I did create 4 "pucks" to protect the car when being jacked up. Got the idea from Brian at i1Tesla (https://youtu.be/AX_LwBnUinw). Went to Play It Again Sports in Berwyn, PA and got 4 used hockey pucks in excellent condition for 1 buck each...can't beat that!

mistergbell | 5 juin 2019

thanks for the advice @EPwolf and @Jack19087 I picked it up in Devon, live closer to Limerick

np57 | 5 juin 2019

@mistergbell: When I picked up my Model3, I asked the staff at the Tesla store if there was an inspection place that other buyers (who preceded me) had gone to for their inspection sticker. I went to that same place. The guy at the inspection place saw it was a brand-new Tesla and asked me to drive it into the bay for inspection. I stayed in the driver's seat as he did the inspection and then I drove away with the sticker affixed!
Certainly saved me a LOT of anxiety (I was worried about the exterior AND the white interior) :-)

andy.connor.e | 5 juin 2019

The only place i have not been able to drive my car into the service place for an inspection is the dealership i bought my car from. Every other place i've been able to drive in, get out, and am not required to surrender my keys to them.

Syed.Hosain | 5 juin 2019

@ravisundaramam "I took it to my regular mechanic, but he did not want to do it. Claimed he was worried lifting the car in his standard hydraulic lift. Some cock and bull story about not wanting to damage something unintentionally."

Actually, I would credit your mechanic with having good insight! The manual clearly talks about how to lift a Model 3 to avoid damaging the battery and side frame underneath the car and this may not be trivial for some people with older lifts perhaps.

Search in this forum (using Google search, since there is no other way) for the kind of unique rubber or metal pucks that should be used (ideally) to avoid a problem. I bought my set from Amazon.

lbowroom | 5 juin 2019

Find out where people take their Lamborghinis and Ferraris. They can probably help you out.

Lonestar10_1999 | 5 juin 2019

I had good luck with the local Toyota dealership near Reading, PA. They performed the inspection flawlessly and they were appreciative for being allowed to check out my M3.

Next year I will definitely go back to Toyota when it’s time for another annual inspection.

joe.lynn.atp | 5 juin 2019

There is a AAA service center a couple of miles from the Devon SC that has done loads of Tesla’s. They didn’t even put mine on the lift: he said he could measure the brake pads through the wheels (I have Aeros).

joe.lynn.atp | 5 juin 2019

There is a AAA service center a couple of miles from the Devon SC that has done loads of Tesla’s. They didn’t even put mine on the lift: he said he could measure the brake pads through the wheels (I have Aeros).

Mtangri | 7 juin 2019

Guys iTesla Brian has some excellent ideas for DIY Jack pads. Or search Amazon a get 4 for 40 bucks if you're lazy or old like me

robdavmil | 25 juillet 2019

I just (this morning) got my Model 3 inspected at Lewis Auto Care on Derry Street in Harrisburg. One of those places that takes a leap of faith since from the outside it's not pretty (or the inside), but the guy does all kinds of high end repairs so I thought I'd give it a shot. I think I was the first Tesla he had inspected, but he seemed to know all about them. Two man shop (Mike and an assistant) and I could watch the whole thing from the waiting area. Spent 15 minutes talking with them afterwards. Would definitely recommend.

andrew.j.nuttall | 26 juillet 2019

If you're picking up in Devon, I went with C&J Automotive (as was suggested by people at the dealership) and they did the new "inspection" in 5 min. No driving or anything needed for that one.

Also to those saying about Tesla getting a PA Inspection license, it won't happen. Unlike every other car dealership, Tesla dealerships are technically the same company as Tesla the automotive manufacturer. Other dealerships are franchises owned by individual business people. Why does this matter? I'm pretty sure the laws would say you can't do a safety inspection on your own product, that would be a conflict of interest. So it probably can't actually happen.