As a Virginia state inspection center, Pinecrest Shell provides A ONE-STOP SOURCE state inspections in Alexandria, VA and Washington DC metro area with additional necessary repairs. Licensed by the state, we will ensure your vehicle conforms to the regulations governing safety and emissions. If we find something amiss, we will discuss the situation with you, and can initiate repairs upon your say-so.


A Brief Introduction to Virginia Auto Inspections


If you’re a new to Virginia, a vehicle inspection of your car should be your priority. There’s a safety inspection, which you must do immediately, and an emission test, which you must do within 30 days of moving to the state.

As for residents of Virginia, all vehicles must undergo annual inspections. Emission inspections must be conducted prior to registration, and every two years. You should also know that there are inspection exemptions.

Besides complying with the state’s safety regulations, these inspections give you an opportunity to address any issues your car may have. After all, state-run inspections always involve checking many important car components, including brakes, exhaust system, fuel system, steering and suspension, and a range of safety features.

Serving as a one-stop auto shop and a licensed provider of state inspection in Alexandria, VA, Pinecrest Shell helps you repair any car problems found during the inspection. Our certified mechanics have the experience and tools to identify the source of a vehicle issue and fix it accordingly. With us, you don’t need to turn to anyone else. Your car will get out of our shop passing the inspection with flying colors, ready to hit the road again safely.

Refer to the DMV’s website for an in-depth clarification of Virginia’s safety and emission inspections.




State car inspections aim to keep drivers, passengers, and roads safe. Other than that, they offer you a chance to check your car for any issue and fix it promptly, preventing major repairs in the future.

In a way, getting your vehicle inspected comes with these unique benefits:

  • Optimum Performance

Identifying car malfunctions at their early stages doesn’t only keep you from spending thousands of dollars on major repairs. But, it also guarantees the optimum performance of your car. You will feel assured that your vehicle won’t break down on the road anytime soon.

  • Significant Savings

We’re not talking about savings on major repairs. Remember, having your car inspected is a great way to maintain its high performance and extend its longevity. Think of how much you can save knowing you don’t have to replace your car for years.

  • Peace of Mind

After the annual inspection, you can drive away with peace of mind. Multi-point checksprotect you from experiencing car malfunctions that may compromise your safety and that of your passengers and other motorists on the road.

If your car is up for yearly inspection or you recently moved to Virginia, let us take a look at it. We provide thorough state inspections and professional repairs, if necessary.




As a certified state inspection center, Pinecrest Shell performs multi-point checks. Our certified mechanics inspect these components thoroughly:

  • License plates
  • Hood and everything underneath
  • Brakes, including parking or emergency brake
  • Floor pan
  • Vehicle lights, including headlights, interior lights, and exterior lights
  • Driver’s seat
  • Seatbelts
  • Vehicle’s doors
  • Steering and suspension
  • Signal devices, including horn
  • Tires, wheels, and rims
  • Mirrors and windshields
  • Windshield wipers and defrosters
  • Exhaust system
  • Air pollution control system
  • Fuel system
  • Airbag and airbag readiness light

If we see something wrong, we will discuss repair options with you. Our shop provides a range of repair and maintenance services, helping you pass the inspection promptly.  Then, once you pass the inspection, you will receive a new inspection sticker and must display it on your car.

For any concerns or questions about our state inspection, feel free to talk to us.


Supporting a Higher Standard


Every car should have their regular inspections because it maintains the safety and emission standards on the road. It leads to a safer driving experience for everyone. The inspections are reasonably priced, as well, so it wouldn’t take as much from you.

If you can subscribe to a higher standard for your car, it would last longer and you’ll have less to worry about. We will advise you before doing any repair, anyway, so you’ll know what to do first.

Our mechanics can help you in all aspects of vehicle inspection. They have the experience and tools to quickly find out if there’s something wrong with your car, as well as fix it in a reasonably fast manner. But more importantly, they provide advice on looking after your car. This way, you can be more proactive with your car maintenance checks — and avoid repair needs on your next annual inspection.

Pinecrest Shell can be your go-to vehicle inspection center in Alexandria, VA. Your car is in safe, thorough hands with our technicians. Schedule a visit today.

Contact us at Pinecrest Shell & Auto Repair today at 703-750-2991703-750-2991 about a state vehicle inspection.