Does Walmart Do Car Inspections? State Inspections? Answered

Walmart Auto Care Centers do not do car inspections. Some states and businesses require routine vehicle inspections which must be performed by mechanics certified to accurately judge if a car is safe. Walmart does not require that its mechanics be certified outside of its internal certification and training program; because of this, Walmart’s mechanics are not able to perform vehicle inspections. 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. Walmart Auto Care Centers do not offer car safety inspections, Walmart Auto Care Center associates and corporate customer service representatives told us.

Car safety inspections are required by some states annually as a safety precaution or when a car is sold or registered in the state. Additionally, car sharing services like Uber and Lyft sometimes require vehicle safety inspections depending upon what city you will be driving in.

We reached out to Walmart Auto Care Centers in Louisiana, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas. All of the Auto Care representatives we spoke to said they do not perform safety inspections. We then reached out to Walmart’s corporate customer service department. Two different corporate representatives advised us that Walmart Auto Care Centers do not do car inspections because Walmart mechanics are not required to be certified outside of Walmart’s own certification and training program.

In order 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.

Not all Walmart Supercenters have Auto Care Centers. You can use the Walmart store locator to find the Auto Care Center nearest you.

Find out where to get a state inspection and whether or not Valvoline does state inspections in our related article.

In Summary

Walmart Auto Care Centers do not perform car inspections. Walmart does not require its mechanics to have any outside certification apart from Walmart’s own certification and training program. As such, it does not allow mechanics to perform car inspections.

If you frequently use Walmart for automotive care and service, you might also be interested in our article about Walmart’s return policy on car batteries.

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