New Mo. Inspection Law Causes Concern

Dec. 30, 2019

The new Missouri bill allows drivers to wait 10 years with a new car before getting it checked, as long as the vehicle has fewer than 150,000 miles.

Dec. 30, 2019—The state of Missouri recently passed a bill this year saying vehicles can now wait 10 years with a new car before getting it inspected, as long as it has fewer than 150,000 miles on it, reports KY3. This means if you have a 2014 model year car, you won't need to get an inspection until 2024.

Rick Hughlett, owner of Rick's Automotive in Springfield, Mo., says the new law is going to put a lot more responsibility on drivers. 

"Most people that take good care of their car they realize what shape their car is in and at 10 years [and] 150 thousand miles they're probably OK," Hughlett said. "But, do you know about that car coming down the highway at you at 70-miles-per-hour that might have just came off the farm or been on gravel roads all of it's life and has worn suspension components? I see that being the real problem."

Hughlett recommends asking for an inspection when your car is in for an oil change or tire rotation. He said most auto repair shops will do it for a low price, or even free of charge.

"It's really going to fall on [drivers] at least every two years, at the very least, have a complete check over," Hughlett said.