MA Inspection rejected due to wiper blades. For real?

2018-04-22 23:53:08

I took my car to my dealer to get inspected and they tried to pressure me into buying some new wiper blades from them for ~$40. The blades are only 6 months old, and the car is otherwise in great shape (only 5 years old). They refused to pass my car unless I bought the new blades from them. I get the sense they were just looking to make some extra money.

Is wiper blade quality a real issue during inspections, or am I correct that I'm getting hustled?

It sounds to me like you're being conned. While I don't know MA law, over here the wiper blades will only fail if they are perished or otherwise damaged so as to not effectively clear the screen - either of which should be obvious to you from a visual inspection or simply running your finger along the blade.

This appears to be the relevant section of your motor vehicles inspection requirements. Scroll down to point 8 and you'll see "Glazing and Windshield Wiper(s)." The following appear to be the critical

  • It sounds to me like you're being conned. While I don't know MA law, over here the wiper blades will only fail if they are perished or otherwise damaged so as to not effectively clear the screen - either of which should be obvious to you from a visual inspection or simply running your finger along the blade.

    2018-04-23 00:32:16
  • This appears to be the relevant section of your motor vehicles inspection requirements. Scroll down to point 8 and you'll see "Glazing and Windshield Wiper(s)." The following appear to be the critical requirements:

    540 CMR 4.00

    4.04 Procedures for Inspection of Non-Commercial Motor Vehicles (continued)

    [...snip...]

    (a) Windshield Critical Viewing Area is the area covered by the sweep

    of the wiper(s) exclusive of the outer two inches within the perimeter

    of the wiper(s) sweep, provided by the vehicle manufacturer.

    (b) Windshields having any of the following defects will be rejected:

    [... snip ...]

    Wiper scrape(s) in excess of 1/4 inch wide within the critical

    viewing area.

    [... snip ...]

    (d) Windshield Wiper(s). Test for proper operation. If the vehicle was

    equipped with two wipers, as furnished by the manufacturer, both must

    be maintained in good working order. Wiper blades must properly

    contact the windshield and, be of the same length as

    2018-04-23 00:37:54
  • The shop I went to said that my car would not pass inspection because of wiper blades which I found ridiculous since my wipers were working properly and cleared debre without any streaking what’s so ever. I had to buy their wipers otherwises I’d have to come back to see if it passed inspection with my new wipers. I was charged far more than I was ever charged taking it to my local hometown auto shop. I will from now on make the trip back to my hometown to get my inspection done.

    2018-04-23 00:50:33