GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Before you can register your vehicle at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria, it has to pass a safety inspection. But while you have to use the Vehicle Registration office on post, for the inspection you have the option of using on-post or off-post service providers.
You can have your car inspected on any Army installation in Germany, though you must register at your duty location. In USAG Bavaria, the vehicle inspection points are located at Tower Barracks, Bldg. 301, Hohenfels Training Area, bldg. 90b and Garmisch, Artillery Kaserne, Bldg. 202.
Once your vehicle has passed inspection, you will receive an inspection certificate, which you will take when you go to the Vehicle Registration office for your permanent tags and registration.
“If the TÜV certificate is not more than 30 days old, it will be accepted at the vehicle registration office,” said Stephanie Kramer, director of BASOPS, 405th Army Field Support Brigade Europe and Africa. “We always encourage customers to use the free inspection service on post, but we also understand that at peak times, such as during the summer, customers may also decide to use off-post facilities.”
You can get your vehicle inspected off-post at a TÜV, DEKRA or GTÜ inspection point, or at a car repair shop authorized to perform the inspections. To find a location, search TÜV-Locationfinder, DEKRA-Locationfinder or GTÜ-Locationfinder, or ask your local garage if they provide TÜV inspections. (Colloquially, Germans use the term “TÜV,” no matter which organization performs the inspection.) Most garages perform the inspections on specific days.
Off post, a car repair shop will inspect your vehicle according to paragraph 29 of the German Road Vehicle Registration Regulation (Straßenverkehrszulassungsordnung). Unlike inspections for German vehicle registration, inspections for USAREUR registration do not require an emissions check. German garages should have the technical data for most U.S. models of vehicles.
“Most of the off-post car shops are familiar with the process of inspecting a U.S.-specs car for on-post registration,” said Oswald Sattler, a DEKRA representative. “It’s not a big deal, as long as the car hasn’t been modified with nonstandard parts.”
For both off-post and on-post inspections, you will need to bring a valid AE Form 190-1AA and your temporary registration. (For more on temporary tags and registration, visit the Vehicle Registration Services page.)
The advantage of getting your car inspected off post is convenience. With the number of locations—most car repair shops, as well as TÜV, DEKRA and GTÜ inspection points—it’s easy to schedule an appointment that fits your schedule. The advantage of going to a car repair shop in particular is that they may be able fix minor defects on the spot.
The disadvantage is cost. While inspections on post are free, off post they will cost about 70 euros with VAT tax, an out-of-pocket expense that will not be reimbursed.