My car failed state-mandated inspection, again

My contention that state-mandated vehicle inspections are a racket was reaffirmed again today. My car failed inspection for having a tail light out.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’d much rather have to replace a $3 tail light than a $100 set of tires or something. But it’s never quite that simple, is it. Instead of just the $3, I also need to pay a whopping 166% more in labor ($5). And it’s not like I can just replace it myself — if I did that I would have to have it reinspected for at a cost of $10 (333% more).

Yeah, we’re talking less than $20 here, but it’s the principle that counts. As if the state doesn’t get enough of my money already.