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Maryland State Inspections | Columbia, MD

BA Auto Care (formerly British American Auto Care) is certified to perform Maryland Vehicle Safety Inspections (a.k.a. MVA Vehicle Inspections) and Emissions Repairs.


You Need A MVA Safety Inspection if:

  1. You just moved into Maryland and need to register your car.
  2. You are selling or transferring a car to someone other than a spouse, parent or child.

If you meet one of these criteria, you've landed at the right place.  We are a certified Maryland State Inspection Station and can perform the MVA Safety Inspection for you.

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Our Maryland State Safety inspections are performed on dry days and take about 90 minutes to complete. A skilled technician road tests the vehicle and then goes through a multi-point inspection -- performing all the inspection items to the Maryland standard. If you are buying a vehicle that has not been inspected we strongly recommend that you have it inspected first before agreeing to purchase the vehicle. This is a very detailed inspection so it can be a very good guide as to the condition of the vehicle. 


You Need an Emissions Inspection if:

1. You received a notice from the MVA stating that you need to have an emissions inspection performed by a certain date.

Emissions inspections are required to be performed every two years. This inspection is part of the Maryland Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP), and was set up to help improve the air and water quality in Maryland.

Importantly, Emissions Inspections can only be performed at Maryland state facilities, not auto repair or service stations. We do not perform this inspection, but we do perform repairs if you did not pass your emissions inspection.

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If you've already completed your emissions inspection and repairs are required we can help you.  Just make an appointment for us to service your vehicle.  Learn more about the emissions test or emissions repairs here.

Seven Great Reasons to Get Your Maryland Safety Inspection Certificate from our Columbia, MD Auto Service Center?


  1. Convenient Service & Scheduling Options - We know that convenience is important to you, so we offer 3 options.  1) You can choose to wait in our clean, comfortable waiting area - the service takes about 90 minutes, 2) Use our FREE Courtesy Shuttle, or 3) Take advantage of our 24 hour drop-off service.  Plus, with 18 service bays, chances are we'll be able to meet your scheduling needs. 
  2. Award Winning Shop - You'll get great service.  In fact, our friendly staff and certified auto mechanics have won awards for outstanding customer service.
  3. Imports & Domestic Cars - We service American, Asian, and European cars. If you are driving it, chances are we service it!  The Maryland Safety Inspection offers a great way to get to know us - so you won't have to risk getting a major repair from an auto repair shop you're not familiar with.
  4. Discounted Rates - You'll get a great price.  Our $98 price for the MVA inspection reflects a 72% discount off our normal labor rates.
  5. Trusted Service - You can trust us to look out for you.  We've been able to stay in business for 35 years because we put our customers first. In fact, we've been recognized as Howard County's best auto shop for over 25 years, most recently in 2014 where we received Honorable Mention.  Plus we hire ASE certified technicians, the recognized certification when it comes to auto service and repairs.
  6. Full Service Repair Shop - In the unfortunate instance where your vehicle doesn't pass inspection and does require servicing, our full service repair shop can take of it for you.  You won't have to find another facility.  But the good news is, most cars do pass the safety inspection. 
  7. Free MD State Inspections E-booklet - If you would like to do a quick pre-inspection check on your own, just download our free e-booklet by completing the form on this page.  It can help to provide an extra level of comfort and let you know exactly what we'll be reviewing during the inspection.

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VIDEO:  Learn more about the MD State Inspection from the video below.


Still need more info?

Download Our Free MD State Inspections E-Booklet

If you don't already have an auto service center that you like and trust to handle all your auto repair needs, the Maryland State Inspection is a great way to find out if you are comfortable with the auto repair shop and it's staff.  
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