Wes Ward Auto Repair - The North Country's Place for Car Care...and Answers!

Wes Ward Auto Repair has been serving the North Country since 1981, and they’ve been at their current location on Portland Street in St. Johnsbury since 1999. This means they’ve serviced thousands of vehicles in the North Country, for residents and businesses alike.

Now, coming up on March 20th is a change to how the state of Vermont is inspecting vehicles, and it’s creating a lot of confusion for folks.

Wes Ward Auto Repair is a Parts Plus Car Care Center, and their mechanics are all ASE Certified Master Technicians, so you can definitely trust them to have answers about the new procedures rolling out officially on March 20th of this year. Wes Ward says there’s been “a lot of confusion in the industry, for both customers and shop-owners.”

“First and foremost, inspection laws haven’t changed,” Wes says. “You still have to have your vehicle inspected and we still have to look at all the safety features on your vehicle.”

What the change is about: “Basically, when a shop could put an inspection on a car that had a “Check Engine” light on, they could put a sticker on it. Now they cannot,” Wes explains.
The shop on Portland Street has been using the new system since January of this year as a Beta Station for the state of Vermont. Wes explains how it’s a really easy system to use, and the only changes that are happening is how they’re reporting inspections to the state of Vermont.

Basically, they’re using a new tablet that’s connected to the central computer in Montpelier for all inspections, where the tablet scans a barcode on your vehicle and the shop has to take a picture of the vehicle up on the lift, as well as the vehicle’s registration. “This has nothing to do with huge price increases,” says Wes.

“The benefits of this system will soon be apparent for everyone,” Wes says. “Now when you go to buy a used vehicle, you can see where the car has failed inspection before, and you have a chance to be informed about any recalls on your vehicle that you might have missed.”

“And of course, if you have any questions, just come into our shop on Portland Street, reach out to us on Facebook, or send us an email through our website at www.wesward.com. And you can even check out a video on our YouTube channel where we explain this all."

“The state of Vermont isn’t the only thing changing with technology,” chuckles Wes.