Fast & Safe PA Car Inspections in Lancaster County

The verdict is in; Steffy’s Garage is the best place in Lancaster, PA, to go when you need a PA car inspection. We’re a full-service inspection garage that can take care of all your needs, from emissions testing to enhanced vehicle safety inspections for totaled cars. All our state inspections are completed with honest assessments so you can be sure you are getting the best deal around for your vehicle. You’ll know that your vehicle is in good hands when you trust Steffy’s Garage for your inspection. We have decades of experience and a commitment to customer satisfaction that is unmatched in the industry. Contact us today to schedule your PA vehicle inspection!

One of the Only Enhanced Vehicle Safety Inspection Stations in Lancaster County

For years, Steffy’s Garage has been one of the few enhanced vehicle safety inspection stations in Lancaster County, having direct contact with PennDOT’s enhanced division team. If you have a vehicle that was totaled in a vehicle accident and you wish to keep it, the enhanced inspection is a required process. Our talented state inspection team can assess your car and make sure that it is safe to drive again. Once we determine that your car passes all PA vehicle regulations, we provide documentation that will allow a local “PA Online Processing” notary to print out a new reconstructed registration for your vehicle… making it legal to drive again. Enhanced vehicle safety inspections also work if your car has had serious flood damage or if you are hoping to make a street rod. There are very few places in Lancaster County that have the connections, knowledge, and skills to complete an enhanced vehicle safety inspection. Make sure you are getting the experts when you go with Steffy’s Garage. Call our car inspection service line today to get more information!

What’s Included In Our State Inspections For Your Car or Truck

When it comes to getting your state inspection completed, you want to go with a company that is honest and reliable. The team at Steffy’s Garage has decades of experience completing PA car inspections for our Lancaster County clients. We offer three unique state inspection options for you to choose from, which include the following:


Emissions Inspections

  • $37.95 Standard Emission Test
  • $34.95 Exemption Emissions Test (Vehicle that was driven less then 5,000 in past 12 months)
  • $44.95 Waiver Test (Additional to Standard Test, optional after $450 was spent trying to fix faulty emissions)
  • $34.95 Standard Test, Senior Discount Applied
  • $32.95 Exemption Emissions Test, Senior Discount Applied
  • $41.95 Waiver Test, Senior Discount Applied

Safety Inspection

  • $59.95 Auto and Light Trucks
  • $57.95 PUC Regulated Vehicles “Transport Persons for Hire”
  • $99.95 Medium Duty Trucks (9,001-17,000 GVWR)
  • $114.95 Medium Duty Trucks (17,001-26,000 GVWR)
  • $124.95 Motor Homes (9,001-17,000 GVWR)
  • $89.95 Trailers (3,000-14,000 GVWR)
  • Note: **Prices include taxes
  • PA Vehicle Regulation Book

Enhanced Inspections

(The process required to obtain a branded title)

Note:This inspection IS NOT a safety inspection for stickers on vehicles. If stickers on vehicles need replacing this is a separate process that can not be done until the enhanced process is complete. 

  1. Thoroughly read these documents. (Select to View)
    1. Basic Required Documents
    2. Basic Vehicle Requirements
  2. Schedule vehicle.
  3. We perform physical inspection of your vehicle and complete all required forms to take to notary for processing.

$329.95 Reconstructed, Flood, Abandoned, Modified, Theft Branded Vehicles

$369.95 Specialty Constructed Branded Vehicles

$369.95 Street Rod Branded Vehicles

$369.95 Motor homes

$249.95 Trailer <3,000 or Less GVWR

$329.95 Trailers  3,000-14,000 GVWR

$69.95 Certified NIST Weight Slip

Note: **Prices include taxes

Approximate fees paid to notary: $261.00 plus taxes.

Processing ($149.00 plate included)

  • PA Title ($67.00)
  • Registration (Passenger Cars $45.00 / Trucks See MV-70s)
  • any unpaid taxes ($ 6% Sales Tax)

Typical processing actions at notary

  • PA Salvage Certificate

Notary processes online, registration card is printed but Title comes in mail.

  • Out of State Title

Notary completes MV1 pink slip to act as temporary registration allowing customer to drive but packet gets sent to Harrisburg for processing.

  • Out of State Salvage Certificate

Packet gets sent to Harrisburg for processing, registration card and title come in mail.

  • Certificate of Origin (Kit Trailer, etc.)

Packet gets sent to Harrisburg for processing, registration card and title come in mail.

Warning: This process can have a lot of variables, the examples above are typically how the processing is handled but can change depending on exact documents provided

Don’t delay your PA car inspection; contact us today to schedule your appointment!

How is my car tested for emissions?
  • Model year vehicles 1995 and older are tested by just visually verifying emissions components that the manufacturer installed on the vehicle still exist and are hooked up.
  • Model year vehicles 1996 and newer were manufactured with the ability to test the emissions on the vehicle while it is being driven. The vehicles computer runs programs of different emissions tests. After a test completes it writes the results in a folder in the vehicles computer. We connect our computer to the vehicles computer and it downloads the folder with the test results and then uploads the results to PennDOT.   
Does the “Check Engine Light” staying on have anything to do with my emissions?
  • Yes, the “Check Engine Light” could also be called an emissions light. If the computer gets a failed emissions test result it turns the “Check Engine Light” on.
Will my car pass the emission test if my “Check Engine Light” goes off after starting my car?
  • Providing the folder with the results did not get erased (battery disconnected recently or someone manually erased with a code reader) yes, it should pass for emissions
What is the term “Monitors” mean?
  • Monitors are the computer programs that the car runs to test the emissions of the car. There are typically 5-8 monitors that the car uses.
  • Vehicles 1996-2000 are required to have completed reports from all but 2 of the monitors
  • Vehicles 2001-Present are required to have completed reports from all but 1 of the monitors
How long do I need to drive my car to get my “Monitors” to re-run?
  • It could be in 2-3 miles or it could take 3-4 weeks of driving. There are many variables with this: outside temperature, vehicle year- make- model, amount of gas in gas tank, etc.
What is a “Waiver” inspection?
  • PA allows a “Waiver” sticker to be applied if a minimum of $150 was spent towards trying to correct the reason the emissions failed its test. This sticker is valid as long as a normal emissions sticker.
What is an “Exempt” inspection?
  • A vehicle that typically would require an emissions test but is brand new or is driven less then 5,000 a year can get a “Exempt” sticker applied. Although the vehicle does not need to be tested, a “exempt” sticker still needs applied and it needs to be processed to show proof of its validity.


Call Today To Schedule Your Car Inspection in Lancaster, PA With Steffy’s Garage

No matter if you have an SUV, truck, or car, Steffy’s Garage can complete the PA car inspection you need. We always offer honest quotes and estimates for our state inspections and any of our car repair services. During your appointment, you will be given the number of your lead technician, so you can contact them at any time to check on the status of your car inspection in Lancaster, PA. We make it as easy as possible for Lancaster County residents to get the car repair, maintenance, inspection, and even towing service they need quickly and affordably. Reach out to our garage today to schedule your PA car inspection. We look forward to serving you!

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