A number of localities in Virginia require motorists to take their car in for an emissions test in order to renew their vehicle's registration. How often you need to go for an emissions test will depend on the location of your vehicle in Virginia. However, some vehicles such as motorcycles, autocycles, and older gasoline cars are exempted from Virginia emissions inspections. You can go to DMV’s website for the complete list of exemptions here.
Failing the emissions test
If you failed the emissions test, your inspector would have given you a list of required repairs to make your vehicle smog compliant. You will need to get the repairs done to be able to take the emissions test again, so you can finally obtain a vehicle registration renewal. Make sure to get your car repaired at a Certified Emissions Repair Facility such as Pinecrest Shell so that all your repairs will count towards an emissions inspection waiver should you fail a 2nd time.
About the emissions inspection waiver
You will be issued an emissions inspection waiver if the projected cost to repair your vehicle exceeds Virginia-mandated cost threshold. Emission-specific repairs will only count towards the waiver if they a Certified Emissions Repair Technician completed them at a Certified Emissions Repair Facility.
Keep your car in good condition
Once you’ve passed the emissions test and have finally renewed your car’s registration, congratulations are in order. And, you must also learn from those costly repairs by always keeping your car in good running condition. Have a professional mechanic regularly inspect the exhaust system. Get an oil change every 5,000 to 6,000 miles and go for routine maintenance to keep your car running smoothly. Not only will you have a great ride that will pass any emission test, you’ll also be contributing to a cleaner and safer environment.