Vehicle Inspections / Annual Inspections

Getting Your State Inspection

US 281 Truck and Trailer Service wants to help you pass your State of Texas Vehicle safety Inspection. In order to make your Vehicle Safety Inspection experience as convenient as possible, we have provided you with the following information and tools. While the inspection checklist provided below does not guarantee that your vehicle will pass inspection, reading them carefuly will prepare you for the inspection process and could increase your chances of passing your Vehicle Safety Inspection.

What to bring to your Texas Vehicle Safety Inspection

Proof of liability insurance: any current state insurance is acceptable.
Payment: US 281 Truck and Trailer Service accepts cash, check and credit cards (Visa & Master Card). Texas state law requires that payment is made whether your vehicle passes or fails inspection.
State inspections help regulate proper truck maintenance, while safety inspections promote safe driving conditions for the driver of a vehicle and every other driver on the road.

For each of our vehicle inspectors, the main priority is to ensure that the medium-duty, heavy-duty, or semi-trailer truck is both well-maintained and equipped for highway use. All of our vehicle inspections are performed in complete compliance with the regulations set forth by governing parties, and we may provide drivers with a full checklist of approved items after the service is complete.

If a vehicle is deemed unsafe by a member of our service staff, the vehicle will be removed from the road. The goal of each inspection is to keep drivers safe by preventing problems before they result in an automotive accident.

What To Expect When We Inspect

Your San Juan-area vehicle inspection couldn’t be more convenient. Here’s what to expect.

The state inspector will perform a brake test. All passengers will be asked to exit your car, truck, or van so that the test can be performed.
Total vehicle inspection time is typically 9 minutes or less.
Hint: avoid the rush! Stop by the US 281 Truck and Trailer Service during the middle of the month, from the 13th through the 26th.
Common Reason for Inspection Failure

Many inspection failures can be avoided. Please see the following list of items that typically cause a vehicle to fail when not in place or in the proper condition. Your San Antonio-area US 281 Truck and Trailer Service conveniently carries many of these items. Also, be sure to look for money-saving coupons on our Coupons page. Consider the OIS Service package, which provides discounts for many of these items.

Windshield Wipers
Bulbs, including turn signals, stop lights and headlights
Parking brake

CLICK HERE to download checklist

Partial List of Inspected Items

Here is a partial list of the items covered in your auto inspection:

Windshield wipers
Seat belts
Brake system (parking – beginning with 1960 models)
Wheel assembly
Exhaust system
Exhaust emission system (beginning with 1968 models)
Beam indicator (beginning with 1948 models)
Tail lamps (2); (1) if 1959 model or earlier
Stop lamps (2); (1) if 1959 model or earlier
License plate lamp (1)
Rear red reflectors (2)
Turn signal lamps (beginning with 1960 models)
Head lamps (2)
Motor, serial, or vehicle identification number
All models – inspect for window tinting or coating
Gas caps on vehicles 2-24 model years old.

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