The Smog Stop
6414 University Ave, San Diego, Ca 92115
Mon-Sat: 07:00 - 17:00

Brake and Light Inspection

- A brake and light(lamp) inspection is required in order to register a salvage vehicle in the State of California. You may also need a brake and light inspection if you have received a fix-it ticket from a law enforcement agency. The Smog Stop can sign off your fix it ticket, so you do not have to track down a police officer. Additionally, if you trying to resurrect a junk vehicle or have a vehicle that is considered special construction, you will be required to obtain a brake and lamp certificate from the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

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Inspection Procedures

What do we check on a Brake and Light Inspection? This question is asked of us daily! The Smog Stop has decided to clearly demonstrate the procedures of a brake and light inspection so out customers are not in the dark when it comes to passing or failing a brake and light inspection. The inspection is actually kind of basic and after reading the inspection procedures your car should pass the first time through the inspection line. After all our job is to help you get your car register with the San Diego DMV.

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Fix It Ticket Sign Off/Correction       

Getting a fix-it ticket signed off can often be more troubling than actually fixing the problem. If you have received a ticket for a lamp or brake violation, The Smog Stop can sign off the fix it ticket for you! This means that you do not have to flag down a police office and hope he or she is nice enough to sign off your fix-it ticket. The Smog Stop can have you in and out quickly because we know and understand that your time is valuable.

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Vehicles We Inspect

The Smog Stop can sign off any passenger car, motorcycle, or pickup truck requiring a brake and lamp inspection. The criteria and licensing is different if the vehicle you need a brake and lamp inspection on is more than 10,000 Gross Vehicle Weight(GVW). The detailed information on the following page will guide any person requiring a brake and light inspection, no matter the size or weight of the vehicle. Once you have your brake and lamp certificates in your hand you can easily register your vehicle with California Department of Motor Vehicles.

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Heavy Duty Vehicles

Heavy Duty Commercial Vehicles often times requires a brake and lamp inspection because they are subject to much more rigorous inspection procedures than passenger cars and truck. The California Highway Patrol often randomly inspects these vehicles at checkpoints along the interstate system. Random inspections of the vehicles usually result in a notice of correction being issues to the registered owner the commercial motor vehicle.  It is imperative that the registered owner corrects the deficiencies and obtain a compliance certificate. These defects are also reported to the Department of Transportation for inclusion in your companies safety record.

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Common Reasons for Failure

A brake and lamp inspection is not an inspection you should fail, if you have taken the time to study the material presented on this site. The Smog Stop wants you to pass the brake and lamp inspection the first time. We have noticed that the first time failure rate is awfully high and The Smog Stop wants to change this. Registering a salvage vehicle is painful enough without having to worry about failing a brake and lamp inspection. We have taken the time to list the top 15 failures when trying to obtain your brake and lamp certificates to register your car with the California DMV.

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