At Hickman's Auto Service, we take State Inspection seriously. Safety First.

We offer certified Pa State Inspection & Emission Testing for all vehicles up to 10,000 lbs.

During a vehicle inspection, we are checking things like, Tires, Axles & Drive Shafts, CV Joints, Hub & Wheel Bearings, Shocks & Struts, Front End & Steering, Brake Pads & Hoses, Emergency Brake, Brake Drums, Head & Marking Lights, Wipers and how the vehicle handles on a test drive. If we feel your vehicle is not safe, we will tell you.

If for any reason it need some repairs to be safe and pass the inspection, we can repair it for you, from one bumper to the other!


Trailers also need to be Inspected.

We State Inspect small trailers up to 15 foot and travel trailers up to 24 foot or less than 10,000 lbs. We work only on outside repairs, Leave the dirty work to us!
Our Trailer services include:

  • Brakes

  • Battery and Emergency Stop

  • Electrical and Wiring

  • Tires and Wheels

  • Lights and Reflectors

  • State Inspection


Emission Inspection, Visual Test 1976 to 1995

During the test, a Certified Emissions technician will look for the presence of the emission control devices such as, Catalytic converter, EGR valve, PCV Valve, Fuel inlet restrictor, Air pump, Evaporative control system components such as vapor canisters and lines to determine if these devices are properly connected and if they are the correct type for the vehicle being inspected. Also a Gas Cap Test which tests for harmful fuel vapors escaping from the gas tank into the atmosphere.

Emission Inspection OBD Test 1996 to Present

During the test, a Certified Emission technician will attach a cable to the vehicle's on-board computer through a data link connector, usually found under the dashboard, and download information to a computer to access how well the vehicle's emissions system is functioning. The vehicle's on-board computer will generate diagnostic trouble codes (DTC's) if there are malfunctions or other problems present in the vehicle's emissions system.

Everyone knows when the "Check Engine," "Service Engine Soon," or an engine symbol illuminates on the dash, It usually means the computer sees you have a problem. Because there is a problem, your vehicle may not pass the Emission Test.

When the OBD system detects a problem, a diagnostic trouble code will be stored in the vehicle's computer. When a vehicle is brought in for an official OBD Emission Check, those trouble codes will help a technician properly diagnose and, if necessary, repair the problem.

All vehicles (Except Diesels) 1996 and newer, are required by the EPA to be manufactured with OBD systems.

Hickman's Auto Service not only State Inspects vehicles, we will also inspect your vehicle before you purchase it and let you buy with confidence or not. With our knowledge in automotive repair, will be able to diagnose the situation and help you resolve the problems.


Hickman's Auto Service is extremely proud of our work and treat repairs as if they were done on their own vehicle.


Come see why you should become a customer.


  • Car Care Aware

Vehicle Tips

  • According to recent studies, 5 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities are clearly caused by automobile maintenance neglect.
  • The cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months. The level, condition, and concentration of coolant should be checked. (A 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water is usually recommended.)
  • Never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled. The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps and hoses should be checked by a pro.
  • Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual more often (every 3,000 miles) if you make frequent short jaunts, extended trips with lots of luggage or tow a trailer.
  • Replace other filters (air, fuel, PCV, etc.) as recommended more often in dusty conditions. Get engine drivability problems (hard stops, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.) corrected at a good shop.
  • A dirty windshield causes eye fatigue and can pose a safety hazard. Replace worn blades and get plenty of windshield washer solvent.
  • Have your tires rotated about every 5,000 miles. Check tire pressures once a month; let the tires cool down first. Don't forget your spare and be sure your jack is in good condition.
  • Check your owner's manual to find out what fuel octane rating your car's engine needs then buy it.
  • Keep your tires inflated to the proper levels. Under-inflated tires make it harder for your car to move down the road, which means your engine uses more fuel to maintain speed.
  • Lighten the load. Heavier vehicles use more fuel, so clean out unnecessary weight in the passenger compartment or trunk before you hit the road.
  • Use the A/C sparingly. The air conditioner puts extra load on the engine forcing more fuel to be used.
  • Keep your windows closed. Wide-open windows, especially at highway speeds, increase aerodynamic drag and the result is up to a 10% decrease in fuel economy.
  • Avoid long idling. If you anticipate being stopped for more than one minute, shut off the car. Contrary to popular belief, restarting the car uses less fuel that letting it idle.
  • Stay within posted speed limits. The faster you drive, the more fuel you use. For example, driving at 65 miles per hour (mph) rather than 55 mph, increases fuel consumption by 20 percent.
  • Use cruise control. Using cruise control on highway trips can help you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, reduce your fuel consumption.
  • Keep your engine tuned. A fouled spark plug or plugged/restricted fuel injector can reduce fuel efficiency as much as 30 percent.
  • Inspect the engine's belts regularly. Look for cracks or missing sections or segments. Worn belts will affect the engine performance.
  • Have the fuel filter changed every 10,000 miles to prevent rust, dirt and other impurities from entering the fuel system.
  • Change the transmission fluid and filter every 15,000 to 18,000 miles. This will protect the precision- crafted components of the transmission/transaxle.
  • Inspect the suspension system regularly. This will extend the life of the vehicle's tires.