Brake and Lamp Inspection Santa Maria- Has Your Vehicle Been Damaged In An Auto Accident?

If your car or truck has been involved in an accident, be sure to check and see if the title has been deemed a salvage. If this is the case, don’t be surprised when it’s time to register your vehicle if the DMV has directed you to visit an official California State Brake and Lamp adjusting station.

If a vehicle has sustained damage due to an auto accident or vehicle theft, there’s a good chance that it will require a brake and lamp inspection.

Often times, when a vehicle has been damaged in one of these incidents, it may not be possible to see the full extent of the damage without a complete and thorough checkout.

An official brake and light inspector will take an in depth look at a vehicle’s brake system and exterior lighting system to ensure that the vehicle is safe to be on the road.

For a more thorough explanation of what to expect, take a look at this video.


Main Street Shell Service is an official California State Brake and Lamp adjusting station and is authorized to inspect, repair, and certify salvaged vehicles.

We provide brake and light inspection services 6 days a week, Monday through Saturday.

If you are trying to salvage a vehicle, give us a call today at 347-0076.

Video Transcript:

Welcome to Main Street Shell Service in Santa Maria, your trusted provider for professional autorepair, State Certified smog check, and California State Brake and Lamp Inspection.

A brake and lamp inspection is a complete and thorough examination of all the working components of a vehicle’s brake and lighting systems. 

 Brake and light inspections must be performed by a licensed brake and lamp adjuster in order to ensure that a salvaged vehicle is in proper working condition and safe to be back on the road.

 This is a very in depth assessment which utilizes special precision measuring instruments and usually takes around 2 hours to complete.

 This type of inspection may be required by either the Department of Motor Vehicles or the California Highway Patrol in the event thata vehicle has sustained damage due to an auto accident or vehicle theft. 

 In some cases, damage incurred as a result of a car accident is not visible without a thorough examination which is why a brake and light inspection may be required.

 The inspection is divided into 2 parts.  During the brake inspection, our technician will make a number of observations and measurements in accordance with state testing procedures before certifying that the vehicle’s brake system is safe and roadworthy.

 All required hardware which is applicable to the braking system must be installed properly and be in good working condition.  There must also not be any fluid leaking fromthe brake hydraulic system which includes the brake master cylinder, wheel cylinders,calipers, valve lines, and connections.

 All brake warning lights must also be working properly.  This means that they must turn on and off when they are supposed to. 

 The emergency brake will also be tested and should be able to hold the vehicle on a 6 percent grade.

 The vehicle’s tires must be matching in size on the axles.

 The other half of the inspection deals with the vehicle’s exterior lighting system.  It’s a goodidea to go ahead and do your own pre-inspection of all external lamps on thevehicle prior to bringing it in for a brake and lamp test.  All external plastic and glass lenses including the headlights should be clear and not cloudy, and should be free of any cracks which would allow white light to shine through.   

 During the headlight check, our technician will use special test equipment to ensure the headlights are aimed at the correct trajectory.  They will also be tested for proper brightness.

 If the vehicle has sustained any body damage which interferes with the visibility of the external lighting system, it will need to be repaired prior to the brake and lamp inspection.

 If the vehicle has any additional aftermarket lighting equipment such as fog lamps or driving lamps, they must be in proper working condition and approved by the Department of Transportation.

 After both systems have been thoroughly inspected, and any needed repairs have been taken care of, the vehicle will be issued a brake certificate and a lamp certificate which you will need to present to the DMV.

 Main Street Shell Service technician Patrick Ruddy is an outstanding ASE certified mechanic and is also our state certified brake and lamp adjuster who is authorized to inspect, repair, and certify salvaged vehicles. 

 If you are trying to salvage a vehicle and need certification, don’t hesitate to give us a call so we can get your car or truck back on the road quickly and safely.

 Main Street Shell Service provides brake and lamp inspection services 6 days a week, Monday through Saturday.

Main Street Shell Service is a full service auto repair shop and State certified smog check station in Santa Maria. We are also a California state certified brake and lamp inspection facility.
1204 E Main St
Santa Maria, CA
Phone: 805-347-0076

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