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Is it legal for a PA vehicle inspection station to attach a valid inspection sticker on vehicle that fails?
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Is it legal for a PA vehicle inspection station to attach a valid inspection sticker on vehicle that fails?

I bought a used vehicle with a valid inspection sticker. The vehicle only had 1000 miles on it between when it was inspected and when I bought it. It was inspected one month before I bought it. A few days later I had new tires put on it, I had my mechanic check it all over and he found 3 of the 4 ball joints faulty. I filed a complaint with my DMV, an inspector came to my mechanics garage and inspected it and found the ball joints faulty also. I had the repairs done. I have filed a civil suit against the inpection garage. I have heard thru the DMV inspector that I will not be able to recoup my money I paid for the repairs. Is this true"


Was this fault disclosed at the time of the sale? You must ascertain that you were not informed of the need for repairs when you bought the car. If you purchased the car at a used car dealership you can sue for reckless endangerment. Name both the dealership owner and the inspector who placed the sticker on the car. You can recover damages under the "fitness for purpose" laws in Pennsylvania. You can also go to another inspection facility and find out if the ball joints are part of the inspection. If they are, file a complaint against the person(s) who placed the sticker on the car. If not, sue the person/dealership that sold you the car. In any case, contact the lender and inform them about the car. They may find you another one and help you recover your investment, as well as to keep your business. In any case, if the inspector knowingly put a sticker on a vehicle that fails to meet any of the inspection standards he is subject to prosecution by the State of Pennsylvania, as well as at risk for being sued for reckless endangerment by the person(s) who could be involved in an accident due to the faulty ball joints.

very possible the inspection sticker was already on the car when they got the car . and if it was valid then they are not required to inspect it , the car most likely was bought as is with no warrenty meaning no your not going to get a dime from them , sorry

No it's not legal to put a sticker on a car that doesn't pass. Unless the ball joints are completely shot all you have to do is pump them full of grease, right before you get it inspected and they will be tight when inspected, so good luck on this one.

I remember the good old days in Pittsburgh around Oakland, where you'd take an old P.O.S. car to the shadiest looking garage you could find.

If they were charging $20.00 for PA inspection, give 'em $40.00 and you'd leave with the sticker.

The car could have a missing wheel and no headlights... they didn't care.

Good times.

Your situation is different, but thought I'd share...

I have been an inspector for over 30 years and I get dealers all the time that ask me to inspect a car "quick" because they are selling it and not to look too close at it.

Well I wont do it for many reasons and they get pissed off and will find someone else but if you can prove that this was bad for longer than the 1000 miles that you put on it then you could get your money bad.

You will need the repairing garage to sign a affidavit that will state this and forget about the state helping your.

You will need the old parts as well and file a small claims civil case against the seller.

You will have a very good chance of getting back everything that you have put into the vehicle.

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