Short Answer: Most Walmart Auto Care Centers (including 90% of the locations we checked) do not do car inspections due to state certification requirements. Walmart does not generally require its mechanics to be certified outside of its own training program, making it ineligible as an inspection station under most state programs. For more information on Walmart’s Auto Care Centers and car inspections, see below.
Does Walmart Do Car Inspections?
Some Walmart Supercenters have Auto Care Centers that offer basic car service and maintenance, such as oil changes and tire balancing and mounting (as previously reported). However, the majority of Walmart Auto Care Centers — including 90% of those we contacted — do not offer car safety inspections.
We reached out to Walmart Auto Care Centers in Louisiana, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Most of the Auto Care representatives we spoke to said they do not perform safety inspections, with the exception of one location in Missouri.
We then reached out to Walmart’s corporate customer service department. Two different corporate representatives advised us that Walmart Auto Care Centers do not typically do car inspections because Walmart mechanics are not required to be certified outside of Walmart’s own certification and training program.
Some states require car inspections annually as a safety precaution, and others require them when a car is sold or registered in the state. Additionally, car-sharing services like Uber and Lyft sometimes require vehicle safety inspections depending on where you will be driving. To perform inspections, mechanics must have an outside certification that allows them to determine a vehicle’s level of safety according to the standards set by the city or state. While some Walmart mechanics may have obtained this certification prior to working at Walmart, it is not a requirement of Walmart mechanics.
Finding a Car Inspection Location
Not all Walmart Supercenters have Auto Care Centers. To find an Auto Care Center near you, you can use the Walmart store locator. Since few Walmart Auto Care Centers conduct inspections, it is best to contact your local Auto Care Center before visiting. You can also check with your state’s Highway Patrol, Department of Public Safety, or Department of Motor Vehicles for a list of qualified inspection stations in your area.