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opinion | Jennifer Graham

Death by inspection

A perfectly useful car meets an unnecessary and wasteful end

As math problems go, it looked pretty simple: The school district wanted $420 to ferry my kids to school next year; a friend had a battered Volkswagen for sale for $500.

For the equivalent outlay of a couple tanks of gas, I could not only cover next year’s transportation but reclaim possession of my own car, kidnapped by teen-agers for the better part of a year. It was the perfect solution for all involved, until the little car collided with the Massachusetts inspection system.

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