How to make video #1
Before you begin: close and lock all doors.
Overview: You will start at VIN (Driver windshield) and walk around the car in a counter-clockwise direction end at passenger front door.
Start video at VIN:
proceed to show driver side mirror
pull driver-side door handles to show both are locked
move to rear of vehicle, show bumper and the rear back glass
then kneel and slightly and extend camera under car to show exhaust pipe/muffler
then walk to passenger side, pull on both passenger side door handles to show they’re locked, finally show passenger side mirror
How to make video #2
Before you begin (for Vids 2, 3, 4): turn steering wheel to left, turn on headlights, hazards, and ensure odometer setting is for total mileage (not trip). Buckle all seat belts.
Overview: You will start at front of vehicle and make your way around the car in a counter-clockwise direction to the passenger side front tire.
Start at the front of the car facing the headlights:
show front hazards (blinking) and headlights
walk to front driver tire and perform penny test
move to rear driver tire to conduct penny test
move to back of car, show rear hazards and tail lights
move to the rear passenger tire, repeat penny test
proceed to front passenger tire for penny test
How to make video #3
Before you begin: sit in the driver’s seat, aim camera at dashboard.
engage emergency brake to show “brake” on dashboard
honk the horn
turn the steering wheel all the way to the right
show rearview mirror
activate windshield wipers
How to make video #4
Before you begin: stand near the driver’s seat with door closed but unlocked.
Start video and open door:
show buckled seat belt, adjust driver seat forward or backward
walk to rear driver door, open door and show all passenger seat belts are buckled
walk to passenger side, open and close passenger side back door, then open passenger front door and show front seat belt buckled, then adjust passenger seat forward or backward
VEHICLE IN MOTION
How to make video #5
Before you begin: prop the phone up behind the car with brake lights in view (it helps to use front-facing camera, you can use an object such as a shoe or rock to prop the phone). Read our tips for the best way to complete video.
Video must show:
- vehicle moved
- brake lights and muffler work
- no audible brake issues
proceed to the driver’s seat
drive several feet and then apply the brakes
Please have the following photos ready:
Pic #1: Odometer
Pic #2: VIN
Pic #3: Rear license plate
To complete your preparation for inspection, please have prepare form filled.
Frequently asked questions:
The most consistent way we’ve found for drivers to complete video #5 alone is to find a parking lot nearby with some available room.
- Park your vehicle so that it is a few feet from the curb (Tail lights toward the curb).
- Ensure the camera is facing the tail lights and hit record, propping the phone up against the curb, proceed to the vehicle and drive the necessary 5-10ft and apply the brakes.
- Put the vehicle in park, exit the vehicle and end the video.
The VIN is located in a few locations on the vehicle, acceptable VIN locations for Video #1 and the Picture are located in the driver side windshield (1) and in the driver side door frame (2).
The object of the penny test is to show how deep the tread of your tire is. To do this insert the penny with Abraham Licoln head down into the deepest point of your tread.
No, you only pay if you pass!
This depends on the driver, are you going for the record? Probably 7 minutes to complete, but on average most drivers are able to complete the videos in 10-15 minutes.
The form will be e-mailed to the e-mail provided after payment is received.
No, we do not fail cars for being dirty, however, it can certainly impact your tips!