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What to Do If Your Vehicle Fails Emissions Testing

What to Do If Your Vehicle Fails Emissions Testing

In Maryland, cars must pass emissions testing before they can be registered.

In Maryland, cars must pass emissions testing before they can be registered. The emissions test, while mildly inconvenient is a good diagnostic tool and works remove the amount of harmful gasses and toxins released into the environment. If your car passes, you receive a certificate registered by the state, but if your car fails you must repair the damages to your car before it is registered legally.

The First Failure

If your car does not pass, the DMV will not register your vehicle which essentially mean that you can’t get a license plate or legally drive the car. What do you need to do in order to make your car compliant? Most of the times, the answers can be varied. Most of the time, it is something smaller and your inspector should always issue a full report so you know exactly what the problem is and how to get it fixed. To handle the issues, take the report to your repair shop for a workup to make your car compliant.

If You Fail Again

Occasionally the first set of repairs you get may not be enough to help you pass the emissions test. Depending on your state, it is possible that the state may be lenient when they see documentation that you have tried to fix the problem and put out money for it. This can vary state by state, so make sure you are fully compliant with the report and have tried your hardest to rectify the problem.

Proper Vehicle Maintenance

Before or after you pass the emissions test, it is imperative that you are proactive in maintaining your vehicle. Basic upkeep of your car includes having regular oil changes, transmission checks and having your exhaust system inspected by service professionals. Another way to avoid failing the emissions test is by not dragging your feet on repairs. By doing necessary repairs coupled with routine maintenance you can avoid potential pitfalls when it comes to emissions testing, and also helps keep yourself, others, and the earth safe.

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