Also, when they do inspections they are working for the state (er, commonwealth) and not for themselves. They are technically authorized contractors and must meet certain standards. In other words, you probably won't get a "looser" shop to pass you on what failed.
Your best bet is to work with the shop where you took it and find out what needs to be done to pass.
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