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mooky stinks

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Posted: 10/07/20 01:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You didn't mention if they needed to do anything to make it pass inspection. You say "it looks ok to me". What does that mean? I'm thinking there's a little more to this story. BTW there's businesses charging for ppe everywhere now. Get used to it because it'll probably never go away.

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Posted: 10/07/20 01:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If they actually pulled two wheels to inspect the brakes you need to pull them again to inspect the CW work. Yes, it is that bad out there.





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mooky stinks wrote:

You didn't mention if they needed to do anything to make it pass inspection. You say "it looks ok to me". What does that mean? I'm thinking there's a little more to this story. BTW there's businesses charging for ppe everywhere now. Get used to it because it'll probably never go away.


It didn't need anything for inspection its a 2020 forest river I properly maintain it.

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Pawoodsman wrote:

Okay I was at camping woeld no third party If I would have had my mechanic do it , I would have just paid the Pa inspection fee plus any light bulbs etc. I bought this camper 1 year ago new from camping world and to charge me additional fees just to make a buck is wrong. And to those that say it's fair well you must have a surplus of cash to throw around.


No, I do not have "spare cash to throw around".

I DO "shop around".

You DIDN'T "shop around".

You DID use the dealer for YOUR "CONVENIENCE".

CONVENIENCE comes at an extra cost.

Have you ever looked at the price of candy, chips, coffee, prepackaged softdrinks in a "convenience store"?

Convenience stores CHARGE A PREMIUM PRICE as a "convenience" to you the customer compared to if you buy those items in a grocery store.

CW was including doing the PA inspection as a "convenience" to YOU. Inspections are not their MAIN reason for being, SALES and MAXIMIZING on those sales is the reason and main goal.

YOU chose, then you complain, then can't figure out why folks are not really all that sympathetic.. [emoticon]

I wouldn't ever consider taking any trailer (and I have several) to a RV/trailer dealer for something as simple and mundane as a safety inspection. Very easy for them to pad the bill by upselling parts and services you do not need.

Taking my equipment to a state inspection station removes the temptation for upselling things that are not needed.

Example, I once took my truck to the dealer(same dealer I bought it from) for a warranty item, at the same time the inspection was coming up.. I had them do the warranty AND the inspection.. They found all kinds of things wrong for that inspection.. I declined repairs, inspected myself, changed only what I found needed. Took it to a place I trust and let them have at it on the inspection.. They found ZERO issues and passed my truck.

Yes, the dealer charged me for the failed inspection and I ended up paying the second place full price, but I still saved $800 in supposed repairs (the repairs I made cost me $40 for a set of front brake pads) the vehicle dealer said was needed.

Consider it a dirt cheap lesson and don't repeat it.

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Posted: 10/07/20 02:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I generally recommend avoiding CW (for any sales, parts, or service).


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$41 for an inspection sounds more than fair!
I don't see the issue.


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They charged $71 when should only cost $27 geez I posted in English.

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Pawoodsman wrote:

They charged $71 when should only cost $27 geez I posted in English.

The extra money is worthwhile if the Commonwealth gets part of it.
Think about the glass smooth roads we drive on in PA. [emoticon]
Don't you feel better now?

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Pawoodsman wrote:

They charged $71 when should only cost $27 geez I posted in English.


Nope, not $27 for inspection, I have not paid that low since the 1990s..

Around my area, if you would have read my first post, my last inspection was above $31, something like $35 comes to mind..

Prices ARE set by the LOCAL Inspection station unless the station is owned by the mechanic and then the mechanic sets the price.

If I remember correctly PA does limit what they can charge for a no part/repaired required inspection but I don't know for sure what that limit is.

PA has also increased the price of the sticker, and yes each inspection station MUST buy the inspection stickers and those should also show up as an itemized item. Those USED to cost $1.00 each, they cost much more now..

To help you understand how this works I found THIS

"How much will the car inspection cost?

Anyone looking for a definitive answer when it comes to the cost of an inspection will be searching for a long time. The truth of the matter is, pricing can be different even when comparing two repair shops right next to each other in the same city.

About the lowest price a person can expect is right around $40 for a PA auto inspection and auto emissions inspection combined. This is going to completely cover a vehicle. The price can easily double and even get closer to $100 in certain areas of the state. In particular, repair shops in the heart of major cities tend to charge a little bit more than suburban/rural areas.

It is also important to always look into any repair shops that offer an extremely low price. In most cases, that is just a ploy to get a person in the door. After they are getting in initial test done, they are hit with another charge that might be something out of the blue."


That article was written back in 2019 and prices most likely HAVE gone up..

According to that article, you paid $71 and that is well below the possibility of $100..

You got off cheap.

HERE is a direct link to PAs DMV page which addresses all of the Inspection information and requirements..

From HERE

Section 175.24 states "Required Certificates and Station Signs

After appointment, the owner of each inspection station shall prominently display all signs required by the Bureau,
including the following:
(1) A certificate of appointment for each type of station approved for the location.
(2) A sign clearly stating the fee for the certi ficate of inspection separate from the fee for inspection. The fee
for in spection shall be the same whether the vehicle passes or fails. The fee for in spec tion shall include
the cost of labor for the inspection, in cluding pulling wheels, but it shall not in clude the cost of parts,
repairs or adjust ments. The sign shall clearly indicate the fee for different types of vehicles—for example,
passenger cars, trucks, and trailers—to the extent that the fee varies among ve hicles. Fleet and
Commonwealth stations are exempt from this requirement."


They are required to have signage clearly outlining all costs upfront for inspection so YOU did have that information and you could have declined the inspection. You didn't decline and then come here and whine about it.. [emoticon]

Take it to your $27 station next yr.

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BB_TX wrote:

Makes me glad I am in Texas. Lights work? Yep. Tire tread good? Yep. $7 please.
Takes longer to enter it in the computer and print the report for registration than the actual inspection.


We dont even need that in michigan. half of the trailers on the road have 20yr old tires, no lights and maybe a good plate. MAYBE lol.

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