Some states require regular safety inspections on cars and trucks. At Fink's Car Care, we are well-equipped and trained to perform these inspections. Our technicians can also perform multi-point inspections on your vehicles as needed.
These are some of the inspection services we offer.
VA State Inspection Station
VA state inspection stations are privately owned, but government certified, inspection stations throughout VA. Fink's Car Care is a VA state inspection station. For your state inspection needs visit or call our auto shop at 757-485-5555.
Exhaust Related FAQs
What is a rough idle?A rough idle describes a vehicle's engine with spark plugs that are not firing correctly when the vehicle is in park, with no gas applied. Most vehicles idle between 600 and 1,200 RPM and should hold their idle speed consistently.
Can you put any exhaust on any car?Not every exhaust will fit every car. Compatibility isn't just about car make and model; engine specs, optional extras, and even trim levels can influence the fit. Make sure you consider not just the make and model, but also engine details, fancy extras, and even trim levels before getting your heart set on a shiny new system.
Why is smoke coming out of my tailpipe?The most common reason for thick smoke coming out of your car's exhaust pipe is the fuel to air ratio in your engine is too rich. This means that the fuel injectors are either adding too much fuel or that the intake valves aren't letting enough air in. This is caused by a cracked or leaking fuel injector, a failing O2 sensor, or air filter that needs replacing.
Catalytic Converter FAQs
Can I drive with the catalytic converter light on?A bad catalytic converter can increase your car's exhaust emissions, but it does not prevent you from driving. At Fink's Car Care we know this is true. A clogged catalytic converter will eventually affect the performance of your vehicle in Portsmouth, Norfolk, Chesapeake and Bower's Hill. Exhaust gases will not escape easily and create an increase in exhaust gas pressure. The buildup in pressure can lead to high-cost repair bills in the future.
What can cause a catalytic converter light to come on?A catalytic converter helps reduce harmful engine emissions from entering the air by breaking down the harmful byproduct of internal combustion into less-harmful compounds. If your catalytic converter isn't working properly the check engine light will come on. The most common causes for a catalytic convert warning light to display are a clogged, cracked or melted converter. Sometimes the problem isn't the catalytic converter at all but an exhaust leak letting gases out of the system before it reaches the converter.
What happens to your car after the catalytic converter gets taken?Removing the catalytic converter has a dramatic impact on your vehicle's acoustics. A deep, loud roar replaces the engine's usual hum, intensifying as you accelerate. Additionally, expect rough transitions and sputtering sounds when shifting gears, indicating impaired performance and potential engine damage.
Went in for my annual car inspection and they said I needed a tire. They were able to order a new tire for me, install it a day or so later. They are very good and I would recommend going to Fink's for your auto care needs.Eric Nelson
Outstanding Repair and State Inspection Repair Shop!!! Quick,. convenient and knocked out some minimum maintenance issues so my car would pass state inspection very affordably and without a fuss!! Excellent Work!Just Me
Completed repair, oil change and inspection in a very timely manner. Only drawback,, they did not update their system with the 2017 car that they worked on. Paperwork and inspection still has the 2012 vehicle. Everyone was very friendly and I will be back.Deborah Preston