Do you own a new or used Nissan car, truck or SUV? Whether you own an Altima or an Armada, eventually your vehicle will need to go in for a North Carolina State Vehicle Inspection. Worried about whether your Nissan will pass the state inspection? Don’t be! If you have any service issues you can always bring your Nissan to see us here at Don Williamson Nissan, and we will make sure it is in perfect shape to pass the inspection.




To equip you with the information you need, here are some of the most common reasons that Nissans and other vehicles fail the NC State Inspection.


Check engine light is on in your Nissan


If your check engine light is on, it could indicate a problem with your engine. If this is the case, bring your car in immediately so that our service team can diagnose and repair any problems. In addition to being potentially dangerous, if you check engine light is on during your NC inspection, you will fail the test. Therefore, come see us right away and we will take care of the problem and get you back on the road.


Brakes or brake pads are in bad condition


If your brakes are in poor condition or your brake pads are worn out, not only could it be dangerous but you could fail the State Inspection. Contact us and let us take a look and repair your brakes to get your Nissan inspection-ready.


Tires are too worn out or tread is too low


This is one that tends to cause a lot of people to fail. It is easy to see whether your check engine light is on, or if you have a headlight out, but many people do not know the proper tread depth for tires. A low tire tread depth is around 2/32nds, which will cause you to fail the inspection. It is usually recommended to replace your tire around 4/3nds of an inch, and new tires come at 10/32nds of an inch tread depth.


The classic way to check tread depth is to take a penny, and insert it into the tread of your tire with Lincoln’s head facing down. If you can see Lincoln’s head, your tires are too low! If this is the case for you, come see us before the inspection and we will set you up with new tires that will help you pass the inspection.


Broken or damaged windshield wipers


In order to pass the inspection, you have to have windshield wipers that work. Therefore, if you have broken windshield wipers or if they are damaged and cannot clean properly, come see us and get them replaced.


Headlight and Tail Light Working Order


If you have headlights or tail lights out on your Nissan, you will fail the NC State Inspection. If any of your lights are out, come get them replaced right away. Not only is this dangerous, but it will cause you to fail the State Inspection.


Come see our service department to get your Nissan inspection-ready!


If you have any questions about the NC State inspection or how to make sure your Nissan passes, give us a call at (910) 353-7700 or contact us online. Our service team will make sure that your Nissan is good to go and ready to pass the State inspection with flying colors!