Vehicle Inspections


How to Become an Automobile Inspection Site
CARCO maintains an extensive network of automobile inspection sites in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Florida.

These networks consist of vehicle-related businesses such as gasoline service stations, car dealerships, glass repair stores, tire stores and muffler shops.

The primary benefit of becoming a CARCO inspection location is to bring automobile owners who live and/or work in your local area into your business. Close to two million vehicles require inspection each year in the territories CARCO covers, providing a great deal of potential new business. CARCO publishes thousands of inspection site lists for insurance companies and agencies, which contain the names and addresses of all CARCO automo- bile inspection facilities and provide free advertising for your business. Car inspection facilities are also available from our site locator link.

CARCO vehicle inspection sites receive a fee for performing photo inspections, which take about 15 minutes, and use Polaroid or digital photography methods. For businesses that have Internet accessibility, we also offer the capability to perform an automobile photo inspection online, using a secure Web page.

The pre-insurance photo inspection consists of two parts:

THE VISUAL INSPECTION: an authorized inspector examines the vehicle for options, anti-theft systems, and rust and body damage. Information is recorded on an inspection report form, along with the name of the insured, the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and a description of the vehicle. Mechanical knowledge is NOT required to perform the inspection.

THE PHOTOS: Three color pictures are taken of the vehicle: two at oblique angles to obtain a view of all four sides of the vehicle. The third picture is taken of the VIN label, which is normally found in the driver side door jamb.

If you own an auto-related business and are interested in becoming a CARCO vehicle photo inspection site, please call us at 1-800-969-2272 option 2, then select #2 for assistance, or e-mail us at

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