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Auto Inspection Decal (Rip off?)
  • Dezlboy September 13, 2013 - 10:31 am #86695 Reply

    I’m getting car VA safety inspected this coming week. The glass area around current sticker is all “messed up” with glue from previous stickers, and I want to clean it up.  What is the worst (okay, I guess I could be water boarded?) that happens if I rip off the sticker to clean off the goop the day before the inspection, have car in driveway, with a note in windshield, and drive directly to auto shop in AM in a safe manner not to draw attention.  My guess is nothing.  Worse case, I fail inspection and if that happens they attach the same type sticky sticker, I guess?

    Yep, I know, clearly a yuppie issue, and it’s not like the interior of my 13 yr old VW Golf isn’t falling apart already.  :-) Come on, hang up now! The police are way too busy!

    PS: FWIW, in MD never needed to have car inspected. Think VA is smart in this regard.

    Need.A.Bigger.Shark September 13, 2013 - 10:37 am #86701 Reply

    you -could- get a ticket for expired/failure to display safety inspection. I don’t believe its any points though, just a fine. If you are going directly there, the officers will usually just give you a verbal reprimand. Do yourself a favor though, and take a picture of your valid inspection sticker prior to removal, so that if stopped you can show the officer.

    You know that you can clean the area around the current sticker with a razor blade, yes? It will just scrape off. That way you dont have to actually remove the sticker.

    Tom September 13, 2013 - 10:42 am #86703 Reply

    A touch of MEK on a dry shop rag worked wonders for me when I removed my NJ inspection sticker after moving here (which had amassed eleven years’ worth of stickiness):


    Arlingtoon September 13, 2013 - 11:04 am #86711 Reply

    The guy who scrapes off the old sticker may well do a little clean-up of some of the old glue if you ask him.  Even more likely to do so if you slip him a five.

    Dezlboy September 13, 2013 - 11:16 am #86716 Reply

    Arlingtoon: good point. But “problem” is I drop car off at mechanic’s shop and they take it to inspection station. This way, if I need some repair it can be done more quickly.  You can see from the fact that I rarely post how busy I am during the day :-)

    Tom: That stuff looks like the nuclear bomb of sticky stuff removal!

    Rick September 13, 2013 - 11:16 am #86717 Reply

    Park nose in in the driveway?

    courthound September 13, 2013 - 11:16 am #86718 Reply

    Get some Goo Gone from Home Depot/Walgreens, squirt some on a paper towel and use it to remove the glue around the sticker. It won’t hurt the sticker unless you make an effort to do so.

    NoVapologist September 13, 2013 - 11:19 am #86719 Reply

    When your car was last inspected, you should have gotten a small pink piece of paper (same size as inspection decal) with a checklist of the inspected areas that verifies everything passed. Should you still have that, it’s pretty much as good as the decal. Also, I would put the probability of getting pulled over without an inspection sticker pretty low unless you drive it that way every day for a month.

    Dezlboy September 13, 2013 - 11:30 am #86722 Reply

    @ courthouse: yep, I have Goo Gone around someplace….thanks for reminder

    @ NoVapologist: yep, have that pink paper….thanks, never would have thought that.  I would also think if police pulled me over that the fact i was driving straight to mechanic AND had paper would pretty much clear me.   (i know, not the most exciting thread).

    esmith69 September 13, 2013 - 12:33 pm #86729 Reply

    It’s a $50 ticket, no points, same classification as a parking violation.  At least, that is if it’s while you’re parked.  Not sure about if you’re driving but imagine it is no different.

    Both my wife and I have received this $50 ticket for each of our cars (at different times) while they’ve been parked in front of our house..  I wish they sent some kind of reminder notice out before it was about to expire.


    DB September 13, 2013 - 2:08 pm #86745 Reply

    If you were to get a ticket the courts treat it like a compliance issue as long as you bring proof it was fixed before the court date they dismiss it. You will not get a parking ticket in your driveway (this isn’t Pittsburgh). The law allows you to drive without or with a rejection sticker as long as you are going straight to an inspection station or mechanic so the probability of a ticket is miniscule unless you run into a power tripping ignorant cop. If you have the pink slip and the old sticker that you peeled off odds of a ticket go down to virtually zero.

    CrystalMikey September 16, 2013 - 8:21 am #86816 Reply

    I second the Goo Gone suggestion…works wonders with sticker residue.

    Dezlboy September 16, 2013 - 10:27 am #86837 Reply

    Hey guys.  Well, the sticker is off and car at mechanic for inspection. So you can spend the beer money you had been collecting for my bail. :-)

    BTW….I peeled off most of sticker. Used razor blade of take off remaining sticker and some glue. Then “bug and tar” remover did the rest. I couldn’t find my goo-gone…..until AFTER I was done. :-)

    Thanks for the suggestions, etc

    courthound September 16, 2013 - 10:32 am #86839 Reply

    Awww… no orange-scented solute high for you.

    Congratulations. I personally have had good experiences with inspections at the Exxon at Lee & Barton. Glass-bottle Mexican Cokes are a bonus.

    Dezlboy September 16, 2013 - 10:38 am #86841 Reply

    @courthound: I was so glad to get the sticker and glue off, that yes, I did celebrate with several sniffs of “Goo-Off” :-)

    FWIW: Car is a Eurowerks in Falls Church. They take car to inspection and then can fix what is required. So, for me, it’s one stop.

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