Depending on your car's year, make, and model, you may have to have it inspected every year or every couple of years. In addition to having a car that runs well, there are a few other things that your inspector may look for. But what exactly? 

1. A Cracked Windshield

A cracked windshield isn't just a pain and nuisance for you, but it can be considered a hazard if the crack is too large. In fact, a lot of car inspectors won't pass your car if the crack is big because it can obstruct your view and make it hazardous for you to drive. Before you take your car in for an inspection, take it to a windshield repair professional and see if they can just fill in the crack or if they will have to replace the entire windshield. 

2. Your Lights

Having a broken taillight may be something you can get away with if you only drive during the day, but if you drive with it at night, you are bound to get pulled over by the cops. Additionally, when you do not have all of your taillights and brake lights working, you will not pass an inspection because your car is seen as a hazard. The good news about any of these lights is that they are really easy to replace on your own and without the help of a mechanic. If, though, you have a hard time accessing the housing that the lights are in, then you can always take it into a shop. 

3. Your Brakes and Emergency Brake

Not only will you need to have your brake lights in working condition, but you will also want to make sure that your brakes are working well. If your brakes are too worn down or if they are squeaking every time you apply pressure to then, then your car may not pass an inspection. In addition to having your regular brakes tested, they will also check your parking brake to make sure that it will not roll down a hill if you were to put the parking brake on. 

Going in to have your car professionally inspected and then having it fail is not only a waste of time, but it is a waste of money, as well. Make sure that these things are in good condition before you take your car into have it inspected.