Brake and Lamp Inspections

Brake and Lamp Inspections

The Auto Doctor is a Certified California Class A Brake and Lamp Inspection station. We can certify your salvage vehicle for the DMV.

$120.00 Brake and Lamp Inspection plus $7.00 certificates

What is a Brake and Lamp Inspection?

The purpose of a brake and lamp inspection is to assure that a vehicle being issued a salvage certificate is in sale and roadworthy condition prior to being retitled.

When you “revive” a salvaged vehicle, either due to accident damage or theft of the vehicle, the California Department of Motor Vehicles considered the ownership of the vehicle to be changed, even though the owner remains the same.

DMV requires that a State Licensed Inspection station conduct a thorough and complete examination of these critical components, which may have been possibly damaged or misaligned due to an accident or as a result of theft damage.

A vehicle may also need such an inspection to correct a defect cited by a law enforcement agency such as the California Highway patrol. This is called a Brake and Lamp Inspection and when successfully completed, a certificate is issued to be presented to the DMV or California Highway Patrol as proof of correction of any cited condition and the safety of the vehicle.

Basic Checklist

Brake System

Brake shoes or pads must be within manufacturers specifications.

Brake drums and rotors must be within manufacturers specifications and they will be measured.

All braking hardware must be present, installed correctly, and in working order.

No signs of leakage in the hydraulic system, this includes master cylinder, wheel cylinders, calipers, valves, lines and connections.

Check the hoses, no cracks are allowed.

Warning lamps. They must glow when they are supposed to glow and be off when they are supposed to be off.

Emergency brake must be capable of holding the vehicle on a 6% grade.

Vehicle must be able to stop (panic) in less than 20 feet at a speed of 25mph.

Lamp System

All originally equipped lighting equipment must be in working order, Please pre-inspect the following lights before your appointment: headlamps, tail lamps, marker lamps, back-up lamps, brake lamps (third lamp if required), license plate lamps, turn signals, high beam indicator and any and all warning lamps.

Headlamps must be amiable. Al adjusting hardware must be in good working order.

Lenses must be intact.

All reflectors must be intact.

Body damage that interferes with the visibility of lighting equipment must be repaired prior to inspection.

Damage to headlamp aiming pads will need to be corrected prior to the inspection. These are the little pointy things on the lamp glass. They cannot be broken off.

If the vehicle is equipped with aftermarket lighting equipment, it must work or be removed. This includes fog lamps and KC style spot lamps.