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NC State Inspection Station in Wilmington, NC

NC State Inspection Station for Wilmington

The service department at Matthews Motors of Wilmington is a fully authorized North Carolina State Inspection station. Our licensed technicians all NC Department of Transportation and DMV policies to perform Safety and Emissions inspections.

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NC Emissions Inspections

By law, vehicles registered in New Hanover County must be subjected to an annual emissions inspection to make sure the car complies with U.S. EPA guidelines. Certain vehicles are exempt from this inspection, including:

  • Some light-duty vehicles that are less than 3 years old or that have under 70,000 miles
  • Vehicles manufactured prior to 1995
  • Diesel-operated vehicles
  • Vehicles registered as farm equipment

NC Safety Inspections

Before you can renew your car's registration, it must pass an annual safety inspection. This inspection has to take place no more than 90 days before renewal.

During the inspection, a Matthews Motors technician will inspect your car's headlights, brakes, steering, and other components and vital safety systems.

Vehicles more than 35 years old are exempt from NC safety inspections.

FAQs About NC Inspections

Do I need to have my new car inspected?

By law, all cars must pass inspection before they are eligible to be sold in North Carolina. This includes new cars and used cars. You'll get a receipt certifying the inspection when you purchase the car which you can then use to get a license plate.

What if I bought a used car privately?

Cars not sold by a retailer must be inspected before they are registered unless they have passed inspection in the past year.

Does my car have to be inspected if I move?

If you move to New Hanover County or another county that requires an emissions inspection from a county that doesn't, you don't need to have your car re-inspected until the next time you have to renew your registration.

Does my heavy-duty vehicle need an emissions inspection?

Vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating over 8,500 pounds are exempt from inspections.

My car passed its safety inspection but failed its emissions inspection. What do I do?

Your car may be eligible for a waiver. Speak to a member of our service department for more information.

If you still have questions, visit the official NC DMV website for more information.

You can schedule a service appointment to get your car inspected, or if your car needs maintenance in order to pass inspection, reach out to our service department.

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Winterize Your Car
Winterize Your Car
Winterize Your Car $29.95
- Check Coolant - Visual Brake Inspection - Top Off Fluids - Battery Check - Check Tire Pressure and tread depth
$29.95 Offer Expires 12-31-2019.
Synthetic Blend Oil Change
Synthetic Blend Oil Change
$24.95
Up to 5 quarts of oil and filter. Includes battery check & visual brake inspection.
Offer Expires 12-31-2019.
Brake Pad Service
Brake Pad Service
$179.95
Includes New brake pads and machine rotors
Offer Expires 12-31-2019.
Alignment
Alignment
$69.95
Offer Expires 12-31-2019.
30/60/90/120k Mile Service
30/60/90/120k Mile Service
15% Off
We can do your manufacture recommended service for less
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Tire Rotation
Tire Rotation
$10.95
*Rotate all 4 tires based on factory recommendation
*Rotate all 4 tires based on factory recommendation Offer Expires 12-31-2019.
Mount & Balance
Mount & Balance
$69.95
*Includes mount and balance of 4 tires
*Includes mount and balance of 4 tires Offer Expires 12-31-2019.
BG Coolant Flush
BG Coolant Flush
$20.00 Off
Offer Expires 12-31-2019.
BG Fuel Induction System Flush
BG Fuel Induction System Flush
$139.95
Offer Expires 12-31-2019.
Brake System Flush
Brake System Flush
$79.95
Offer Expires 12-31-2019.
CHECK ENGINE Light On?
CHECK ENGINE Light On?
We can check it out in minutes
Offer Expires 12-31-2019.
A/C Service
A/C Service
$99.95
*Includes evacuation, recharge with dye, test for leaks
*Includes evacuation, recharge with dye, test for leaks Offer Expires 12-31-2019.
A/C Tune Up
A/C Tune Up
$79.95
*Includes Freon Boost
*Includes Freon Boost Offer Expires 12-31-2019.
Battery Service
Battery Service
$29.95
*Check battery, clean terminals and install anti corrosion pads
*Check battery, clean terminals and install anti corrosion pads Offer Expires 12-31-2019.
Dealer Information
Matthews Motors Wilmington 5723 Market st Wilmington, NC 28405 Get Directions
Sunday:
CLOSED
Monday:
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday:
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday:
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday:
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday:
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday:
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday:
CLOSED
Monday:
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday:
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday:
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday:
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday:
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday:
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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