If you are restoring a classic car, you'll want to get prepared to get it registered. There are some things that need to be done to ensure your car is safe for the road. Once you have finished all the repairs and improvements, you are going to need to have a lamp inspection done.
What is a lamp inspection? It is an inspection of lights, electrical and brake systems that are essential for driving. Therefore, it is important to be prepared for a lamp inspection and make sure you have all the right repairs and improvements. The following lamp inspection guide will help you get your classic ready for its registration:
- Updating the Lamps and Lights—The first thing that needs to be done is to make sure your car has the right lights. Make sure that all the bulbs have been changed and rewired if needed. If you live in an area that requires fog lights for lamp inspection, you will want to have these lights wired and installed when doing the restoration work. You may need to have custom body parts made with housings for the new fog lights you are planning on installing.
- Check All Electrical Wiring—The electrical systems also have to be in good shape before you go for your lamp inspection. Start by checking all the wires of the wire harness and replace any wiring that is damaged. Also, make sure to check all the fuses and replace any that need to be replaced.
- Revise the Glass for Defects—Auto glass needs to be free of chips and cracks for your car to be able to pass inspection. If your classic car does not have modern auto safety glass, you may want to have it updated before you have the inspection done. If your car has newer glass, but there is damage like cracks, have the glass repaired.
- Change Pads and Revise the Brakes—The brakes also need to be inspected when you are getting your car ready for registration. You will want to start with maintenance, like changing the pads to get it ready for inspection. When doing your brakes, bleed the air out of the lines. Also, inspect all your brake parts for issues that need to be repaired before the inspection.
- Check for Mechanical Problems—There could also be other mechanical problems that could cause your car to fail a lamp inspection. The mechanical issues with your car should all be fixed before you go in for it to be examined. You will want to pay special attention to the mechanical problems of suspension, tires, and brakes that could cause your car to fail inspection.
Get your classic ready for registration by following this guide to prepare for a lamp inspection. If you are sure you have done all the repairs and improvements, take your car to a lamp inspection service to have it checked before getting it registered.