The Courtesy Inspection is a “visual” inspection and takes approximately 30
minutes to perform. The technician will look for obvious problems, such as lights that
are out, tires that look low on air, leaks, frayed wiper blades, belts that are cracked,
fluids, corroded battery terminals, a dirty air filter, and other easily-spotted issues. This
inspection is preformed every time a customer brings their vehicle in for service.
In some states Vehicle inspection is a procedure mandated by national or
subnational governments, in which a vehicle is inspected to ensure that it
conforms to regulations governing safety, emissions, or both. Inspection can be
required at various times, e.g., periodically or on the transfer of title to a vehicle.
Some shops fell its an obligation and part of great service to the customer to
check their vehicles over and inform them of issues that arise that need
attention at that time and why or items that can be addresses at a later time. A
good example for why inspections are necessary it an instance the happened to
an existing customer. The customer came in for brakes, no inspection
performed. That weekend the customer drove the vehicle to San Diego with
their family. On the way the serpentine belt broke causing the vehicle to be
towed and a great inconvenience to the customer. If an inspection been
performed the customer would have either fixed it at the time of service or may
have not used that vehicle for the trip.