A Maryland State Inspection should be performed when you are selling a car or you have just moved into the state. Sometimes people buy a car without a Maryland State Inspection, and they end up having to have the inspection performed in order to complete the titling and registration process, but that's not a good idea. A Maryland Vehicle Safety Inspection is a very good check out of all the safety items on a car, but it's important to remember that it's just a safety inspection. It doesn't guarantee the mechanical soundness of the vehicle, so if you're buying a used car, it's still a good idea to have the vehicle checked out by someone you trust. The state inspection includes a check of brakes, steering, suspension, lights, exhaust, seat belts, emissions items, glass etc. (See list below.) The list is very long and is posted at every Maryland State Inspection Station. Inspections take just over an hour and include a headlamp adustment. If your car fails you have 30 days to have it repaired. If your car passes, the Maryland State Inspection certificate is valid for 90 days. A well maintained car will pass. You can help the process by making sure all the tires are good, the lights work and the wipers clean well. If you are handy and work on your own car then follow the list below. The only thing you might get stuck on is measuing the rotors and brake pads. Inspections can cost anywhere from $50 to $100 and in most cases have to be left at the inspection station for at least half a day. If you have any questions tweet me at @brianecaradvice or check out the official Maryland MVA vehicle safety inspection page.