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Become A Vehicle Inspector

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Working As A Vehicle Inspector

  • Getting Information
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Make Decisions

  • $61,360

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Vehicle Inspector does

  • Upload pictures and data entry of overall conditions of vehicles into computer system.
  • Performed extensive trouble shooting on equipment finding faults, saving general mechanics time and bettering production.
  • Performed final inspections on newly repaired Whirlpool appliances for six Repair Technicians.
  • Identified previous repair and frame damage.
  • Completed a variety of inspection reports and forms.
  • Monitor commercial vehicles for compliance with State and Federal laws relating to size and weight.
  • Performed certified vehicle inspections, vehicle maintenance and oil changes.
  • Performed thorough inspection for damage and signs of previous repairs.
  • Plan work procedures, using charts, technical manuals, and experience.
  • Performed vehicle state emissions and safety inspections Provided diagnostic services for vehicles needing service
  • maintained car wash equipment, and provided excellent customer service to car wash patrons.
  • Conduct inspections on Commercial Motor Vehicles.
  • Conduct thorough vehicle inspections according to guidelines established by Gm.
  • Performed inspections for Honda financial, ally financial, Chrysler financial.
  • Provided series of photographs of overall vehicle condition and of damaged areas.
  • Inspect vehicles for damage in preparation for auto auction.
  • Perform data entry as part of inspection process.
  • Worked at an inspection station inspecting all vehicles preparing for registration.
  • Approve or deny vehicular inspection and issue inspection stickers.
  • Inspected vehicles for evidence of abuse, damage and mechanical malfunction.

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How To Become A Vehicle Inspector

Fire inspectors and investigators typically have previous work experience as a firefighter or police officer, where many have completed a postsecondary educational program for emergency medical technicians (EMTs). Forest fire inspectors and prevention specialists typically enter the occupation with a high school diploma or equivalent.

Workers attend training academies and receive on-the-job training in inspection and investigation.

Fire inspectors and investigators usually must pass a background check, which may include a drug test. Most employers also require inspectors and investigators to have a valid driver’s license, and investigators usually need to be U.S. citizens because of their police powers.   


Because fire inspectors and investigators typically have previous work experience as a firefighter or police officer, many have completed a postsecondary educational program for emergency medical technicians (EMTs). Some employers prefer candidates with a 2- or 4-year degree in fire science, engineering, or chemistry. For those candidates interested in becoming forest fire inspectors and prevention specialists, a high school education is typically required.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Most fire inspectors and investigators are required to have work experience in a related occupation, such as firefighters or police officers. Some fire departments or law enforcement agencies require investigators to have a certain number of years within the organization or to be a certain rank, such as lieutenant or captain, before they are eligible for promotion to an inspector or investigator position. Forest fire inspectors and prevention specialists also may need experience working in the fire service before being hired.


Training requirements vary by state, but programs usually include instruction in a classroom setting in addition to on-the-job training.

Classroom training often takes place at a fire or police academy over the course of several months. A variety of topics are covered, including guidelines for conducting an inspection or investigation, legal codes, courtroom procedures, protocols for handling hazardous and explosive materials, and the proper use of equipment.

In most agencies, after inspectors and investigators have finished their classroom training, they also receive on-the-job training, during which they work with a more experienced officer.

Employers, such as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and organizations, such as the National Fire Academy and the International Association of Arson Investigators, offer training programs in fire investigation.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Many states have certification exams that cover standards established by the National Fire Protection Association. Many states require additional training for inspectors and investigators each year in order for them to maintain their certification.

The National Fire Protection Association also offers several certifications, such as Certified Fire Inspector and Certified Fire Protection Specialist, for fire inspectors. Some jobs in the private sector require that job candidates already have these certifications.

In addition, fire investigators may choose to pursue certification from a nationally recognized professional association, such as the Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) certification from the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) or the Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) certification from the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI). The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) also offers a CFI certification, although the program is available only to ATF employees. The process of obtaining certification can teach new skills and demonstrate competency.

Fire investigators who work for private companies may have to obtain a private investigator license from their state.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Fire inspectors must clearly explain fire code violations to building and property managers. They must carefully interview witnesses as part of their factfinding mission. 

Critical-thinking skills. Fire inspectors must be able to recognize code violations and recommend a way to fix the problem. They must be able to analyze evidence from a fire and come to a reasonable conclusion.

Detail oriented. Fire inspectors must notice details when inspecting a site for code violations or investigating the cause of a fire.

Integrity. Fire inspectors must be consistent in the methods they use to enforce fire codes. They must be unbiased when conducting their research and when testifying as an expert witness in court.

Physical strength. Fire inspectors may have to move debris at the site of a fire in order to get a more accurate understanding of the scene.

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Vehicle Inspector Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Portuguese

  • German

  • Gujarati

  • Carrier

  • Cantonese

  • Urdu

  • Arabic

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Top Vehicle Inspector Skills

  1. Vehicle Condition
  2. Safety Issues
  3. Motor Vehicles
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Appraised vehicle using computer program provided to give online bidders a complete understanding of vehicle condition and functionality.
  • Performed inspections on a variety of motor vehicles to include the M35A2 truck cargo.
  • Provided superior customer service by answering questions and responding to concerns with professionalism and sensitivity.
  • Monitor over 6,571 residents to ensure motorists observe traffic regulations and exhibit safe driving procedures.
  • Prepared and reviewed condition reports with customers regarding any applicable charge.

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