Does Valvoline Do State Inspections? Availability, Costs Explained

Valvoline does state inspections at some, but not all, of its service locations. Vehicle inspections typically take between 30 minutes and one hour and do not require an appointment. For more information about Valvoline state inspections, see below.

Does Valvoline Do State Inspections?

Valvoline does state inspections at select service locations, a corporate customer service representative said. The representative recommended that you contact your local Valvoline to find out if it offers inspections. If it does not, an associate should be able to tell you if there are other service centers in the area that do.

For more about Valvoline’s state inspection services, we contacted Valvoline Instant Oil Change and Valvoline Express Care locations across the U.S. Our research focused on states that require annual or biennial inspections, namely Delaware, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas. About 60% of the Valvoline service centers we contacted — those in Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, and Texas — said they offer state safety and emissions tests. All of the locations we contacted in Delaware, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania said they do not offer inspections.

Costs for state inspections vary widely based on a few factors, including:

  • The type and age of your vehicle. Inspection requirements may differ by vehicle class and are typically more extensive for older cars.
  • Whether the state requires emissions testing in addition to a safety inspection
  • Whether the state requires testing on a set schedule or offers one-year and two-year certification options
  • Your state’s fee schedule and regulations. For example, while the state sets inspection fees in New York, Pennsylvania’s inspection regulations require separate charges for the inspection itself (set by the service center) and for the certificate of inspection.

Since each state has unique regulations, we’re unable to say exactly how much you’ll pay for a state inspection at Valvoline. However, the Valvoline locations we contacted gave price estimates between $12 and $40, with an average cost of $25. You’ll want to check with your local service center or your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for more pricing information.

Valvoline service centers are typically open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. State inspections typically take anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour, depending on the type(s) of inspection required. All services at Valvoline are “first come, first served,” so no appointment is necessary.

Where Else Can You Get a State Inspection?

If your local Valvoline doesn’t offer state inspections, you’ll need to find another service centers in your area that does. You can look into getting an inspection at:

Some states like Delaware also allow inspections at the DMV. Firestone’s website includes a helpful vehicle inspection guide┬ásorted by state; most of the state websites linked include inspection station finders to help you locate a licensed inspector.

In Summary

Valvoline offers state inspections at some of its Instant Oil Change and Express Care service centers. Where available, Valvoline inspections take 30 minutes to one hour and no appointment is needed. The typical cost is about $25, but your inspection may cost more or less depending on your state’s fees and requirements. If your local Valvoline doesn’t offer inspections, you can check with your state’s DMV for a list of licensed inspectors. You can also check other service centers like Firestone and Goodyear.

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