The California DMV requires that any salvaged or junked vehicle is in safe, roadworthy condition before being retitled. To ensure that critical components such as brakes and headlamps are not damaged or misaligned, a state-licensed Brake & Lamp Inspection Station must conduct a thorough examination and issue a certificate upon completion. Once the certificate is presented to the DMV, the vehicle can be legally registered.
Reviving a Salvage Vehicle
In California, if your vehicle is deemed a total loss by your insurance company your vehicle will have a stop placed on the record by the California DMV. This means that you must complete specific requirements before you can operate your vehicle on any California Public Highway.
Clearance of Enforcement Document
If you have received a citation or ticket from a law enforcement agency, you will required to correct the deficiency at a licensed brake and lamp inspection station. This ticket is better known as a “Fix It Ticket”. Once you have made the correction, you will be required to pay an administrative fee to your local jurisdiction to have the Fix It ticket dismissed.
A brake adjustment may be required if the brakes on your vehicle are not performing in accordance with the manufacturer specifications. In this case a licensed brake adjuster will inspect the brakes on your vehicle and make any necessary adjustments to bring your brake back up specification. On most newer vehicles adjustments can not be made, because the vehicles are equipped with disc brakes that are not adjustable. On most late model vehicles the only brake component that is adjustable is the parking brake.
A lamp adjustment may be required if you feel your headlamps or headlights are not performing optimally. In this case you will need to have a licensed lamp adjuster inspect your vehicle to ensure the proper aim and the intensity of the lamp is correct.
Brakes are a critical component of vehicle safety, which is why the DMV only trusts a select number of auto repair shops to conduct a thorough inspection. At Smog Mart, our expert technicians will evaluate every aspect of your car’s brake system. Our Brake Inspection checklist includes:
Brake pads or shoes: No less than 50% thickness remaining
Brake drums and rotors: Measurements must be within manufacturer specifications
Braking hardware: Must be present, installed correctly, and in working order
Hydraulic system: No signs of leakage in the master cylinder, wheel cylinder, calipers, valves, lines, and connections.
Hoses: No visible cracks
Warning lamps: Light up when necessary
Emergency brake: Capable of holding the vehicle on a 6% grade
Suspension components: No broken or worn shocks or struts
Alignment: Wheels aligned properly
If our inspection reveals any issues that must be resolved, Smog Mart offers expert repairs to get your car back on the road and officially retitled.
Driving without properly-working lamp equipment is illegal and unsafe for both the driver and everyone else on the road, which is why the DMV requires a comprehensive lighting system inspection from a licensed auto repair expert. At Smog Mart, our Lamp Inspection checklist includes:
Headlamps and tail lamps: Must illuminate properly with all adjusting hardware in good working order
Lenses and reflectors: Intact with no cracks
Headlamp aiming pads: No damage to the small points on the lamp glass
Other lighting equipment: Marker lamps, backup lamps, brake lamps, license plate lamps, turn signals, high beam indicator, and all warning lamps in good working order
Visibility: No body damage interfering with the visibility of the lighting equipment