Sept. 2011: I brought my car in for its annual NYS Inspection at Pep Boys in Port Jefferson Station, NY.
Apparently there was a 1/4 inch separation on the tip of my passenger side windshield wiper blade. I politely declined replacement. However, I was told that failure to replace the blade with one of their overpriced blades would result in failing the inspection.
Yes, it was only $15 but clearly unnecessary and this just ticked me off. By the way, if you decide to stand on principle and leave, you still have to pay the inspection fee and they remove your current sticker.