A car inspection is always the last thing on my mind when I have to have one done. Last time, I failed mine because my tires were nearly bald. I was glad to know they needed to be replaced, but buying four new tires just to pass inspection was not part of my plan. It was a bummer. $900 later, I finally passed the inspection and was able to get my new registration sticker before leaving town on vacation.

After 2024, vehicle inspections in Texas are going to be a thing of the past. This is the last year we have to have them done. It's hard to tell how that will affect your experience on Texas roads, but I have a feeling there will be some hiccups and a LOT of tickets along the way.

Drivers in Texas will still be responsible for an annual $7.50 inspection fee, but you won't have to take the car in for an inspection before registering it. It will be more convenient for all of us, but I can see how it might make our roads a little more dangerous. Not having a mandatory inspection puts pressure on everyone to make sure their vehicles are road-legal without the eyes of a pro, and with much less consequence.

Hopefully, everyone will be able to handle it! I have my doubts. I'm usually completely unaware of little problems until someone else points them out. I'm a total space cadet when it comes to cars.

Hope that clears up some of the confusion. Click here for more information about the new rules.

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