Austin and Buda Emissions & Inspection | McSpadden's Tire & Automotive

Texas Car Inspections & Emission Testing

McSpadden's Tire & Automotive - Austin and Buda, TX Emissions Testing - State Inspections

Vehicle Inspection Station | McSpadden's Tire & Automotive

Austin requires inspection and tests to determine if vehicles meet state and local vehicle safety and emission standards. McSpadden's Tire and Automotive offer these services. We have certified technicians waiting to assist you with your emissions and inspection needs.


Austin, TX residents, must have yearly inspections, and we will perform several tests on your vehicle to ensure it is safe for the roadways. Safety is a major concern for us, and we provide you with this service to keep all our families safe. You can call us, make an appointment online or drive on by and we can get you back on the road fast with a quick inspection.


Should your car not pass our inspection? Don't worry; you are in excellent hands. We can repair the problems, or you can take your vehicle somewhere else to get it fixed. Either way, bring it back to us when repaired and we will inspect it and not charge you for another inspection.


For fast service, bring in your license and registration. We also need proof of insurance. After gathering these documents, we will go through our quick inspection. This should take no longer than ten minutes.

Vehicle Inspection Station | McSpadden's Tire & Automotive

Vehicle Emissions Testing and Inspections are a part of Texas car inspections under the State of Texas Department of Public Safety. These state mandates regarding Texas emission tests outline what is to be inspected and officially verified during the test. The goals are to ensure that all vehicles are mechanically fit to be on the road and protect the environment from harmful emissions. 


McSpadden’s is proud to maintain our official State Vehicle Inspection Station license. Our certified technicians will ensure your vehicle meets the emissions and safety checklist required items to comply with Texas law. As you prepare for your yearly inspections, we recommend using the Texas Department of Public Safety’s website to look up a licensed Inspection Station before entrusting your vehicle to any shop for the vehicle safety and emissions tests. 


Only designated counties are subject to the Texas vehicle emissions inspection and maintenance program for emissions testing. Emissions testing is required in 17 Texas counties to comply with federally mandated clean air requirements. Currently, these counties are Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Montgomery, Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, Travis, Williamson, and El Paso. If your vehicle is registered in one of these counties, you cannot renew your vehicle’s annual registration if your vehicle has not complied with the safety inspectionrequirements. If you aren’t sure if an Austin Texas car inspection applies to you, McSpadden’s service staff can answer your questions.


The emissions testing requirements vary depending on the year and type of vehicle. Motorcycles and diesel-powered passenger vehicles throughout the state of Texas are exempt from emissions testing. This is also true for cars manufactured less than two years ago or over 24 years ago.


Most auto inspections in Texas are valid for one year. However, the first inspection of a new car is good for two years. Your vehicle must be inspected and registered within 30 days if you move into Texas. For more information on new resident registration requirements, visit the TxDMV website.


Austin, TX residents, must have yearly safety inspections, and McSpadden’s is a state-licensed shop that performs several tests on your vehicle to ensure they are safe to drive. Safety is a major concern to all Texans, and we provide you with this service to keep everyone safe on the road. Please ask our service staff for additional information if you are unsure of these requirements or laws. 


As an additional source of information to drivers, the Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR) given to motorists after an inspection now includes safety recall information about open recalls on their vehicles. The state of Texas provides this information to improve driver awareness of urgent safety recalls. Drivers can contact their vehicle’s manufacturer or discuss the problems with our service staff to determine the best way to get the car repaired.

If your car doesn’t pass inspection, we can take care of any emissions repairs or safety issues for you. Our inspection expert will go over the issues with you, and then you can decide what you want to do. You will not be charged for another inspection after repairs are completed, whether at our shop or elsewhere. 

What to Expect During a Vehicle Inspection & Emissions Test

We take our responsibility seriously as a state-licensed inspection location. Our testing experts will strictly comply with the law when you bring your car in for either of these tests. It will be necessary for you to bring your driver’s license and registration, as well as proof of insurance. We will test and check all of the following:


  • Horn
  • Windshield wipers
  • Mirrors
  • Steering wheel
  • Seat belts
  • Brake system and parking brake (starting with vehicles made in 1960 to present)
  • Tires and wheel assembly
  • Exhaust emission system (starting with vehicles made in 1968 to present)
  • Beam indicator (starting with vehicles made in 1948 to present)
  • Taillights x 2 or x 1 (for vehicles 1959 or earlier)
  • Stoplights x 3 (1986 and newer), x 2 (1960-1985), or x 1 (1959 or earlier)
  • License plate light
  • Rear red reflectors x 2
  • Turn signals (starting with 1960 models to present)
  • Headlamps x 2
  • Motor, serial, and/or VIN 
  • Gas caps (vehicles 2–24 model years old)
  • Window tint

Before testing, you can go over this list of items to spot any potential issues. Some of them, such as windshield wipers or a working light on your license plate, can be an easy repair or replacement before bringing the car in for inspection. This saves you time and money. For any questions or concerns before the inspection, contact our team so they can take a look and recommend the best ways to pass inspection.


A typical car inspection service is usually completed in 30 minutes or less. Each of these components has a specific set of procedures that must be followed to ensure compliance. If your car doesn’t pass inspection, these are the most common reasons:


  • Beam indicators must be working correctly and not producing glare.
  • Failure of the OBD II (on-board diagnostic) test to check your vehicle’s emissions. This might be caused by a catalytic converter failure or a faulty gas cap. 

Our certified technicians can diagnose the exact causes of any reason for a failed inspection and then recommend the solution to ensure your vehicle will pass when it is done again.

Upon a successful inspection, we will issue a pass inspection. You can then renew your annual registration by mail, online or in-person with the state of Texas, and your inspection status will be verified electronically. A passing inspection is required for registration. Your car must be inspected within 90 days before your current registration expires.


When it comes to a car inspection in Texas, make sure your vehicle is tested at an Official State Vehicle Inspection Station like McSpadden’s!

Cost of Inspections

The inspection cost is determined by the county of registration and the type of inspection required.Some vehicles must have an emissions test, besides the safety inspection. Check with McSpadden’s for current rates before your inspection date:





You Pay At


One-Year Safety


Two-Year Safety (new vehicles)




Trailer / Motorcycle




Safety Emissions (El Paso, Travis & Williamson Counties)


Safety Emissions (DFW/Houston)


Emissions-only vehicles (El Paso, Travis & Williamson counties)


Emissions-only vehicles (DFW/Houston)



Come to McSpadden’s for Your Texas State Inspection 

The State of Texas requires all registered vehicles to pass a yearly safety inspection. Several counties also have an additional requirement for an annual emissions inspection. These safety inspections are meant to make sure all vehicles are safe and fit to drive, which keeps everyone safer on the state’s roads. 


These yearly inspections also offer the certified technicians at McSpadden’s a chance to get a good look at your vehicle. They can spot minor issues before they become bigger problems. This saves you money and time, plus you won’t be caught unprepared when it’s inspection time.


Let the inspection crew at McSpadden’s get your vehicle through a Texas state car inspection, make any repairs necessary, and get you on your way. We offer car inspections at ALL of our Texas auto repair shops.