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Old 12-30-2003, 02:18 PM
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Oooh, that's nice up there, Bob. I use to play darts at a pub on the water in Marblehead many years ago....very pretty area.

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What is the rationale for some states to have these "safety inspections" where the amount of rust on the fenders is a factor? Seems to me that it is an attempt to get rid of "old cars" with no regard for the ability of the owner to afford the unnecessary repairs. Mechanical safety issues I completely agree with, but this sounds like the "everything needs to look nice" Nazis at it again!! Some people don't give a rip if it looks nice as long as it works and runs well.
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These safety inspections are more for frame and suspension ares, not rusted fenders. If you have a rusted out hole right above the exhaust pipe, then the fumes could work their way into the car. Rusted out frames where suspension mounts are, are definetly a safety issue. Here in NJ they test the braking and shocks and steering. If any of these are not up to par, it will definetly affect your ability to avoid an accident or control your car in case of a emergency manuver.
Personally I am not worried about those areas of my cars, it was the small amount of rust in the back that I was concerned.
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Old 12-30-2003, 05:34 PM
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Oooh, that's nice up there, Bob. I use to play darts at a pub on the water in Marblehead many years ago....very pretty area.
yeah it's pretty ok , i used to live up here in the 70s. i'll tell you about it at the gtg in sturbridge (looks like) see other post !!
that's only a little way past hartford on I84..
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Old 12-30-2003, 05:38 PM
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CT no longer does safety inspections on vehicles less than 25 years old. I registered a Chevy truck last year which has lost more steel to rust than most compact cars ever had new. The diesel emissions used to be only an opacity test (optically measured smoke) but I think they do a real test now. The good part is that if you fail, you get a month to fix it on a free retest and the standards on older vehicles are not too tough. Just don't let your insurance lapse, as they'll fine you $100, threaten to revoke your right to register anything else, hold your 1st born in escrow or snip off one of your ....
wow, i wish it was like that when i had to register my cars there!

they will flunk you for a gas cap that does not hold pressure during the emissions test. once i brought 2 gas caps with me for the jetta and only the second one passed ! what a pain..

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this of course does not apply to diesel fuel caps.

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