My plan to save $29 on my Massachusetts car inspection

My car inspection has always been due in August. This year, I put it off until the end of the month, then didn't have time to take it in until a few days into September. I didn't have any plans for the car to be anywhere other than my driveway until I could take it in, so I didn't have to worry about being ticketed.

Since I took my car in in September, this means I got a September sticker instead of my usual August sticker. Which leads me to my brilliant idea.

Next year, I'm going to get the car inspected during the first few days of October. Then the year after, November. After 11 years of doing this, I'll have saved $29! Brilliant, no?


16 comments:

Rhea said...

Uh, gee. Yeah. If the car lasts that long. I like to switch around my inspection date, too. I had mine in Feb. Too snowy. So I kept the car's sticker covered with snow while it was parked on the street and then took it in for inspection in March.

Sarah said...

haha i have been doing this inadvertently for years. when I first got my car it had a January sticker...now it has an April one :-P

Sean said...

I discovered the same thing a few years ago and have been doing it ever since. I moved here from NJ, and back in the Jerz, they were hip to this jive... Once I was a month and a half late and they still gave me the sticker for the month I was due...

carpundit said...

Don't neglect the risks, though:

1. You only get two days of grace before you can be cited for operating an uninspected motor vehicle. The fine is $50, if memory serves.

2. The City of Boston (maybe other cities, too) issues parking tickets to cars with expired stickers. I don't know if they give the two days grace. The fine is $25.

CP

eeka said...

Yeah, I plan to do it on the first of the month.

AFAIK, they can only ticket if you're parked on the street or get pulled over. It's possible they could notice my wrong-colored sticker while I'm driving to the inspection place and pull me over for that, but not too likely I don't think.

Good to hear from you.

eeka said...

I think the fine might be more than $25. When I bought my car, I had it parked with no sticker for four days before I could take it to the inspection place. I got two tickets each of the four days. I seem to recall them being more than that, but possibly not. After I got it inspected within the 7-day window, I brought the pile of tickets and the inspection receipt to City Hall and they dismissed it all.

Suldog said...

Hah! It's great to find that there are so many other scofflaws in the world! I've been doing this ever since I got my present car in 2000. I've moved up six months since my original inspection.

Andrew said...

This has worked for me a few times. Then again, I got a ticket for a sticker that was just a few days stale. That was when I lived in the South End.

eeka said...

But were you ticketed while parked, or were you pulled over? My plan is to keep my car on private property on the 1st of the month until I take it to the inspection place.

Tape said...

I've been considering getting a new inspection sticker. My current one is an emissions rejection sticker from last january.

total number of tickets so far: 0.

Sis B said...

People in my state did this so much that the inspectors are now required to put a sticker for the original month on the car, regardless of when it was inspected. Guess they didn't want to lose that $29 next decade...

Allison said...

When I first moved here a cop at a construction site asked me to pull over because I still had the NJ inspection sticker with Massachusetts plates. We were within the 14 business days and could prove it, but the cop didn't believe me when I told him we were on the way to the inspection place (1 block away) which we honestly were. He let us go without a ticket after giving us a hard time.

I think it was more a matter of looking for these types of things in September with the new students. However, I'm pretty sure once a month on Memorial Drive and the John F. Gilmore bridge, that's what the cops are pulling people over for.

Anonymous said...

My inspection sticker it about a year and a half expired and I've never been pulled over for it. I'll get it the new sticker one of these days.

Anonymous said...

I've inadvertently wrapped around a full year in the 8 years I bought my car! Once, entering the Sumner tunnel toll plaza, a cop literally stepped in front my car to issue an expired-registration ticket after I'd paid the toll. On fighting it and a subsequent ticket years later, the judge asked one question: Was it parked off-street on private property when I wasn't using it? If so, and I got an inspection sticker within a few days, they have always let me win in court.

The Grand Vizier said...

Does anyone know if it affects points on your license? I moved here recently from Colorado, where inspection is done prior to new registration and you receive a nice little reminder from the DOT. It's also every-other year, as opposed to every year. Before that, Georgia, where there are no inspections on diesel vehicles (I drive a TDI).

If anyone knows, please fill me in!

Thanks!

Tom said...

yes is MA it is a moving violation and you are subjected to 2 points on your license...ask me how i know. =(

i haven't been inspected since April, trying to get it all fixed so i can get it inspected this week!