Virginia Safety & Emissions Inspections

Whether your vehicle is used for personal or business reasons, a yearly auto inspection is necessary in the Commonwealth of Virginia. If your vehicle fails the inspection, the problem must be resolved or you could face hefty fines. We understand that for many people, paying fines or losing a vehicle is simply not an option.

At Advanced Automotive, we understand that for many people, paying fines or losing a vehicle is simply not an option. Our technicians offer reliable Virginia emissions and safety inspection in Chantilly, Warrenton, Dulles, and the surrounding areas. Our affordable inspection services ensure your vehicle is legal on Virginia roads.



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VA State Inspection in Chantilly

The Commonwealth of Virginia mandates a number of pass/fail screening checks be performed before a vehicle deemed safe for road travel. During a state inspection your vehicle is checked for any potential safety issues: The brake rotors and drums are checked for wear; the exhaust system is inspected for leaks or carbon monoxide issues; your tires are checked for stability and handling issues; the auto glass is inspected for cracks, and your vehicle’s lighting is checked to ensure that it’s working properly.

Let Advanced Automotive give you peace of mind.
If you are nervous about an upcoming inspection, let us put your mind at ease. If your vehicle fails inspection, we have the resources and experience necessary to fix your vehicle right here at our shop, saving you valuable time and money.

Our full auto service repair shop is conveniently located in Chantilly VA, and is easily accessible for all northern Virginia drivers in the surrounding areas. (Customers, enjoy free Wi-Fi while you wait!)

Please call us at (703) 952-3221 for more information about our inspection services.




Repair Tire

The Tire Industry Association (TIA) defines the acceptable puncture repair area as the “crown” of the tire, approximately 1–1.5 inches in from each tire shoulder.

Patch-plugging a tire from the inside-out is the only safe way to repair a tire. String plugs are a temporary and unsafe repair, and they are not recommended by the TIA.

Replace Tire

A puncture outside the crown, either in the shoulder or the sidewall, can damage the belts and cables in the tire and compromise the tire’s structural integrity.

If a tire is punctured outside the crown area, then the tire must be replaced.

Advanced Automotive Gives You Peace of Mind

You might be nervous about an upcoming Virginia safety inspection. That’s understandable — no one wants to suddenly find out their vehicle isn’t legal to operate. You may also experience stress over whether the inspectors may have missed an important check.

At Advanced Automotive, we’ll put your mind at ease. Our ASE-certified technicians have more than 30 years of experience with all car makes and models. You can relax with full knowledge that we’ll inspect all aspects of your car as thoroughly as possible.

Should your vehicle fail inspection, you still won’t have to worry. We have the resources and experience necessary to fix your vehicle right here at our auto service shop. Our reliable and affordable auto repair and maintenance services save you valuable time and money — and keep your car legal for years to come.

Our full auto service repair shop is conveniently located in Chantilly, VA. We’re also easily accessible for all northern Virginia drivers in the surrounding areas, including Warrenton and Dulles. Whether you’re our neighbor from near or far, we’re here for you.

To help you relax while we inspect your vehicle, we offer a number of complimentary services at our shop. You can enjoy free Wi-Fi and refreshments while you wait!

Call us today at (703) 952-3221 for more information about our Virginia safety inspection services.

Real Feedback from Our Happy Customers

“I went to Advanced Automotive for a pre-purchase inspection (from a nearby dealership) and they were great! They gave detailed explanations of things and patiently answered our queries, even when we asked about the specifics of the inspection multiple times. All in all, highly recommend this place for all vehicle-related works.” —Sulabh Shrestha

Annual Virginia Safety Inspection

The Commonwealth of Virginia requires every car, truck, motorcycle, and some trailers to undergo an emission and safety inspection every year. You’ll receive a dated sticker on your windshield to prove your car has passed a safety inspection.

If your vehicle fails the inspection, you’ll get a rejection sticker instead. You then have 15 days to address the problems and get your vehicle re-inspected. You can legally drive your car during those 15 days.

FAQ About Virginia Emission and Safety Inspections

Although Virginia drivers must get their car inspected every year, many of them aren’t familiar with the nitty-gritty of safety inspections. Here are some frequently asked questions we hear from our customers.

When Does My Safety Inspection Sticker Expire?

Check the safety inspection sticker on your windshield to find when your car is up for re-inspection. Your inspection sticker expires on the last day of the month indicated on the sticker.

Do I Have to Get My Brand-New Car Inspected?

When you buy a new vehicle, the dealer may place an inspection sticker on the windshield. That sticker will be valid for the next 12 months, after which you need to bring your car in for a regular inspection. If your dealer didn’t give you an inspection sticker, you must get your car inspected immediately.

How Much Does a Virginia Safety Inspection Cost?

The inspection fees are $51 for commercial vehicles, $12 for motorcycles or autocycles, and $20 for any other vehicle.

Are There Any Exemptions to Virginia Safety Inspections?

In general, no. Every passenger or commercial vehicle in Virginia must undergo an annual inspection. Only registered antique vehicles (more than 25 years old) that aren’t used for regular transportation are exempt from state safety inspections.


Professional Virginia Safety Inspection Service You Can Trust

When it comes to getting a Virginia safety inspection in Chantilly, Warrenton, or Dulles, you must be able to rely on your technicians. Advanced Automotive has served drivers in the Chantilly area for more than 35 years with A+ rated customer services.

We require ASE certification from all of our technicians. We also encourage them to constantly further their education. You can rest assured that they’re using the latest and greatest tools and techniques in maintaining your vehicle.

Get your Virginia safety inspection done quickly and done right. Call us today at (703) 952-3221, or visit us at 4007-A Westfax Dr, Chantilly, VA 20151.

Our opening hours are:

  • Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m