Landstar inspection sites- good or bad ones?

Discussion in 'Landstar' started by sawmill, Aug 5, 2016.

  1. sawmill

    sawmill Road Train Member

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    I've heard stories about inspection sites being less than honest and holding a BCO's truck for repair ransom during 120 day inspection, but I haven't heard specifics on which places have pulled this stunt.

    So far I have only used Merritt Equipment in Denver and they seem to be fair but more thorough every time I go in there. Last time they complained that they don't feel like they should be inspecting tractors because they are primarily a trailer repair place.

    I need an inspection before Sept 9th, haven't had one since January. (a couple clean level 1's pushed my inspection due date out) I am thinking about going to Semi Service in SLC. Anyone else gone there and can comment on the experience?

    Any of you other LS guys have any other inspection site you would recommend to either avoid or go to?
     
  2. mastllc

    mastllc Medium Load Member

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    I do my best to go to the same place every time, i know them they know me and we have a relationship. i also only have ever gotten my truck inspected at a trailer repair facility. I've heard that if you fail an inspection, they you cant drive the truck anymore and have to get it repaired on the spot or have to get it towed to a shop and show the receipt. so make sure everything is on the up and up before i go in to get the inspection.
     
  3. sawmill

    sawmill Road Train Member

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    Yeah, I have only ever gone to Merritt, though it's been while. I was looking for the list of authorized inspection locations on the website and I can't find it. I'm going to take my chances with Semi Service when I get back toward home. I think they'll be OK, I buy lots of parts from them and I have known the service guy for several years. And I keep my equipment in good shape, kinda like I depend on it to make a living, you know? Can't help but be nervous in dealing with the unfamiliar though, especially when they have the power to put you out of work.
     
  4. mastllc

    mastllc Medium Load Member

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    its under myfreight and trip planing, off the home page.
     
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    I used TA in stafford MO. It was a good experience. My advice would be to get inspected near a major city, if possible. That way you're much better off if you need repairs. Don't want to be stuck out in the middle of nowhere, if you know what I mean. You should be fine in SLC. If you're worried about passing just get a courtesy inspection and pay for it yourself. That way you can still drive the truck
     
  6. sawmill

    sawmill Road Train Member

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    I don't worry about being able to pass, I worry about the "less than honest" shops that might invent problems to fix. This isn't one of those duct tape and mailbox number POS trucks you see going down the road or hanging around the homeless shelters. I won't touch a TA shop with a ten foot pole. I'll try Semi Service and see how they do.
     
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  7. thejackal

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    Kinda like finding an honest dot doc. Both are becoming rare.
     
  8. thejackal

    thejackal Road Train Member

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    Btw, if living in or near Detroit I could use a few inspection sites that are honest. I can say for sure don't ever use reefer pete, that are crooks.
     
  9. DougA

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    I don't know if they are still on the list,as I'm retired from Landstar,but there is a truck shop behind the Loves at Lodi Ca.Just as you described,money hungry crooks.Went in for Landstar inspection,and they hit me with every little CS thing you could imagine.I maintain my truck and trailer religiously,and 15 years with Landstar,was the only inspection I ever failed.The put a new unskilled mechanic on my truck with no experience,almost all day to put a maxibrake chamber on,I had to pay the hourly rate for his learning time.The reason they said for the maxibrake replacement was,there was a rust stain on one of the mounting studs,and they couldn't get it to tighten up.This was a few years ago,have no idea if it's the same ownership,just relating my experience.In over 45 years of trucking,the biggest over the roading mechanical hosing I ever received.
    In Baltimore,I used,Picorp for years,very honest,even if they're busy no wait.Ask for Karen.
     
  10. Dubtv

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    Springfield mo Taylor made extremely good as well as apu shop across street. Boss shop in Salina is quick call ahead and make sure ls qualified mechanic is thier only have one
     
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