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Old 02-28-2011, 08:15 AM   #1
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So I took my Camaro in to get it inspected at Family Tire here in New bern, NC. The f'ing punk who inspected my car inappropriately revved up my car! So I went up to the little key puncher cash register guy and told him that I don't appreciate this mf'er revving up my car. I watched this idiot cruise by the bays, with the clutch in, and purposely revved to get the attention of the other mechs in the shop. These people's excuse was "I'm sorry sir, we don't get many of these cars in here so he got excited." I was like "really dude!?" I'm not taking my car back there again.

On top of that, this is how GAY north carolina is.....I have my vinyl, static cling blackouts on my taillights, side markers, reverse, and front turn signal lenses from camarodecalstore.com, which are AWESOME! Thanks again Reggie! The people at Family Tire made me take them off b/c if I get pulled over and the cop doesn't like the fact that I have them on my car, he'll ask where I got it inspected and then Family Tire will get fined.....AGAIN! Apparently, they have already had one incident where they let something slide. I've driven past many cops and haven't been pulled over. I even mentioned to these mf'ers that they just peel right off.....and still they made me take them off. Nonetheless, I put them back on!! This just pissed me off this weekend and it's one more reason why I can't wait to leave this state!
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Sorry to hear your troubles. I wish it were a state that didn't require inspection but it is what it is. On the bright side, we have the best roads of any state I've ever lived in (7 and counting) and most cars on the road are in good shape
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I would leave them on with hopes of getting pulled over so you can tell them where you got inspected...."But Officer, they didn't say anything was wrong!!"
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Sorry to hear your troubles. I wish it were a state that didn't require inspection but it is what it is. On the bright side, we have the best roads of any state I've ever lived in (7 and counting) and most cars on the road are in good shape
I appreciate itbud, it's not that big a deal though. My biggest complaint was the fool that was inspecting my car. I don't know, a lot of the roads around here are straight and boring. Apart from the frost heaves up where I'm from, I like the winding roads. But of course, I do like the straightaways.
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I would leave them on with hopes of getting pulled over so you can tell them where you got inspected...."But Officer, they didn't say anything was wrong!!"
I defenitely did put them back on, but if I do get pulled over and I tell the cop where I got it inspected, I'm sure Family Tire will say we had the customer take them off. But of course, its all he said she said stuff. lol! The guy was jsut being a dick b/c I bitched about the way he was revving my car.
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Sorry for your problem. The revving would piss me off too. However, the equipment is different. A friend of mine went to get his motorcycle inspected at a gas station back when they did motorcycles at gas stations here in Taxachusetts and the DMV cops were parked accross the street watching. The owner of the station which both of us knew passed the bike with loud pipes and the DMV cops saw this and fined the gas station.
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Old 02-28-2011, 09:26 AM   #7
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So I took my Camaro in to get it inspected at Family Tire here in New bern, NC. The f'ing punk who inspected my car inappropriately revved up my car! So I went up to the little key puncher cash register guy and told him that I don't appreciate this mf'er revving up my car. I watched this idiot cruise by the bays, with the clutch in, and purposely revved to get the attention of the other mechs in the shop. These people's excuse was "I'm sorry sir, we don't get many of these cars in here so he got excited." I was like "really dude!?" I'm not taking my car back there again.

On top of that, this is how GAY north carolina is.....I have my vinyl, static cling blackouts on my taillights, side markers, reverse, and front turn signal lenses from camarodecalstore.com, which are AWESOME! Thanks again Reggie! The people at Family Tire made me take them off b/c if I get pulled over and the cop doesn't like the fact that I have them on my car, he'll ask where I got it inspected and then Family Tire will get fined.....AGAIN! Apparently, they have already had one incident where they let something slide. I've driven past many cops and haven't been pulled over. I even mentioned to these mf'ers that they just peel right off.....and still they made me take them off. Nonetheless, I put them back on!! This just pissed me off this weekend and it's one more reason why I can't wait to leave this state!
Hope that doesn't happen to me, I'm in Burlington lol.
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In Texas they have to take your car for a spin. Be glad you don't have to deal with that.

Years ago my buddy took his Mustang to get inspected. The guy took it for a spin and came back with a couple bags of McDonalds. He looked at my buddy and said, 'It passed'.
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In Texas they have to take your car for a spin. Be glad you don't have to deal with that.

Years ago my buddy took his Mustang to get inspected. The guy took it for a spin and came back with a couple bags of McDonalds. He looked at my buddy and said, 'It passed'.
i SAW this type of thing yesterday. We went to an inspection station and two people working there just "drove off" with the cars they were inspecting and left the premesis. In fact NO EMPLOYEES were there at all while they were out test driving.

We IMMEDIATELY said....we ARE NOT getting the car inspected here. This is the DEKRA inspection station located at Legacy at Custer road in PLano, TX. I actually thought the employees were leaving for lunch. BUT THEN REALIZED they just TOOK OFF with the customer's cars. i wanted to laugh my a** off because the customers didn't care.

Then we went somewhere else where they didn't leave the premesis with the car.

I AM AMAZED the car inspection shop just TAKES YOUR CAR FOR A JOY RIDE.
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Sorry for your problem. The revving would piss me off too. However, the equipment is different. A friend of mine went to get his motorcycle inspected at a gas station back when they did motorcycles at gas stations here in Taxachusetts and the DMV cops were parked accross the street watching. The owner of the station which both of us knew passed the bike with loud pipes and the DMV cops saw this and fined the gas station.

That sucks man. No one can get away with anything these days. No more "lick 'em and stick 'ems."
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In Texas they have to take your car for a spin. Be glad you don't have to deal with that.

Years ago my buddy took his Mustang to get inspected. The guy took it for a spin and came back with a couple bags of McDonalds. He looked at my buddy and said, 'It passed'.
I am glad I don't have to deal with that. I hate it for you bro. Depending on how much time it took waiting at the inspection station for them to get mcdonalds would determine how pissed I would have been at them for using my car to do that. But then again, I don't let anyone have or eat food in my Camaro.
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Hope that doesn't happen to me, I'm in Burlington lol.
You can't have anything covering the taillights, side markers, or front turn signals. But for some reason, you are allowed to have the blackouts on your reverse lights, they don't care about that.
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That is serious BS! - I would have asked for the manager / owner!

Texas story,... as mentioned they have to drive em here...went to get my 57 (a serious old school hot rod) inspected month or so ago, two guys in the bay...as I rumble up and leave it running, "need an inspection sticker"....neither one of them wanted any part of driving it..after checking lights, horn, wipers, etc...slapped one it and I was off....
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Sorry for sounding so naive about these matters, but what is the reason for your cars
needing to be inspected? I live in California, when/why would this be required?

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It's bit more of a pain, but I usually just have the dealership do the NC inspection. They are usually pretty good about it. I have a dark tint on my Acadia and they don't give me any trouble. I think it's partly b/c I bought the car there and they don't want to hurt any possible repeat business.

Now hearing about the joy rides, I'll definitely take the Camaro to a dealership where seeing one these monsters is an everyday occurrence for them.
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I appreciate itbud, it's not that big a deal though. My biggest complaint was the fool that was inspecting my car. I don't know, a lot of the roads around here are straight and boring. Apart from the frost heaves up where I'm from, I like the winding roads. But of course, I do like the straightaways.
You're on the wrong end of the state my friend! As you go west, the roads get more and more fun. The roads leading up to the Blue Ridge Pkwy are as hair-pin and white-knuckle as you can stand. Dragon's Tail and other mountain roads are just insane. The Blue Ridge Pkwy itself isn't terribly fast (lots of tourists) but one of the most spectacular drives I have ever done.

On the bright side, where you are, there are lots of long, flat strait-aways to open it up with no one around. Unfortunately, every time I'm out that way, I'm in my company car or the LR3 (3 stands for 3-tons of slow).
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Sorry for sounding so naive about these matters, but what is the reason for your cars
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The state calls it a "safety inspection". Beyond making a few dollars for the state and everyone in the supply chain, the biggest thing it does is help enforce the mandatory liability insurance requirement.
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So I took my Camaro in to get it inspected at Family Tire here in New bern, NC. The f'ing punk who inspected my car inappropriately revved up my car! So I went up to the little key puncher cash register guy and told him that I don't appreciate this mf'er revving up my car. I watched this idiot cruise by the bays, with the clutch in, and purposely revved to get the attention of the other mechs in the shop. These people's excuse was "I'm sorry sir, we don't get many of these cars in here so he got excited." I was like "really dude!?" I'm not taking my car back there again.

On top of that, this is how GAY north carolina is.....I have my vinyl, static cling blackouts on my taillights, side markers, reverse, and front turn signal lenses from camarodecalstore.com, which are AWESOME! Thanks again Reggie! The people at Family Tire made me take them off b/c if I get pulled over and the cop doesn't like the fact that I have them on my car, he'll ask where I got it inspected and then Family Tire will get fined.....AGAIN! Apparently, they have already had one incident where they let something slide. I've driven past many cops and haven't been pulled over. I even mentioned to these mf'ers that they just peel right off.....and still they made me take them off. Nonetheless, I put them back on!! This just pissed me off this weekend and it's one more reason why I can't wait to leave this state!

OP, while I will definitely agree that the individual shouldn't have been playing around with your vehicle. I probably would have asked them if they were going to replace all the gas that this "fool" was wasting by driving around gunning your engine. Plus probably chewed his ass out too.

In reference to your black out kit. Its not just your State that will make you remove the black out decals. I'm going to bet money that in most States if not all, they are illegal to run on a public roadway. They are generally sold for "show" only thus that's why you can take them off and on. You are changing the illumination on a DOT approved lens which is illegal.
I for one, don't really mess around with pulling cars over for the tinted tail lights etc.. as long as I can see them. I know that on some cars it looks really cool, but hey if you want to take the chance of getting rear-ended and some idiot sues the s--- out of you claiming he couldn't see your tailights HAVE FUN!
Just don't be too upset if you happen to find the few officers that give tickets out for those violations. After all you put them there.
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That kinda sux I would be too quick to punch one of them in the face over that. people need to learn respect.
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You're on the wrong end of the state my friend! As you go west, the roads get more and more fun. The roads leading up to the Blue Ridge Pkwy are as hair-pin and white-knuckle as you can stand. Dragon's Tail and other mountain roads are just insane. The Blue Ridge Pkwy itself isn't terribly fast (lots of tourists) but one of the most spectacular drives I have ever done.

On the bright side, where you are, there are lots of long, flat strait-aways to open it up with no one around. Unfortunately, every time I'm out that way, I'm in my company car or the LR3 (3 stands for 3-tons of slow).

Eastern carolina does suck. I lived in Barnardsville for a little while and Asheville for a few years. The first time I moved here was to Barnardsville and that's when an unfortunate thing happened to my mom. So after that I went to TN and then up to NH (where I reside now). But now the Marine Corps has me stuck here in NC. I've been up the parkway once or twice. I remember going up there to hike Mt. Mitchell.
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The state calls it a "safety inspection". Beyond making a few dollars for the state and everyone in the supply chain, the biggest thing it does is help enforce the mandatory liability insurance requirement.



How often does this take place or is required?

I am in the process of buying a camaro from out of state, and just trying to
cover all my bases so I know what I have to do and plan for.
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OP, while I will definitely agree that the individual shouldn't have been playing around with your vehicle. I probably would have asked them if they were going to replace all the gas that this "fool" was wasting by driving around gunning your engine. Plus probably chewed his ass out too.

In reference to your black out kit. Its not just your State that will make you remove the black out decals. I'm going to bet money that in most States if not all, they are illegal to run on a public roadway. They are generally sold for "show" only thus that's why you can take them off and on. You are changing the illumination on a DOT approved lens which is illegal.
I for one, don't really mess around with pulling cars over for the tinted tail lights etc.. as long as I can see them. I know that on some cars it looks really cool, but hey if you want to take the chance of getting rear-ended and some idiot sues the s--- out of you claiming he couldn't see your tailights HAVE FUN!
Just don't be too upset if you happen to find the few officers that give tickets out for those violations. After all you put them there.
I understand all of that and I appreciate the info. Like I said, I think the guy was just being a d'head b/c I complained about the mech revving my car. That's just my opinion. The decals I have, have small perferated holes throughout the entire thing. So the light emits through all the way, it only makes it a little darker for looks.

Do you think it is too late to go back and say something about the gas he wasted?
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I recently had to get mine inspected as well, not sure where New Bern is, but up here in Cherokee/Bryson area, I tried to take mine to a local shop to get inspected. They turned me away because my Window Tint was "Aftermarket" and won't pass inspection.

I looked at the guy and said, "Really? so, whats the difference if I go take off my tint, bring it back to just pass it, and re-put it back on after the inspection?" No reply, so I left, went to a friend of mine that owns a shop and said "I don't see no tint" and passed my car. I know the troubles my friend, this state is a pretty strict one.
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