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Emissions testing: oh what a joy!

GasBuddy Blog -- The day I long dreaded, and perhaps others equally hate, is finally here. I received a notice that my vehicle must be tested to meet emissions standards. While it's an annoyance for a car enthusiast like me who modifies their car, I'm certainly not alone. In fact, 33 states have some sort of emissions program either because they've opted to, or because the EPA requires them to.

While some states have partial emissions tests based on where you live, in some states any and all motorists are required. We all know (or should) that California has among the most stringent air pollution standards, so its no surprise that vehicles there must undergo a smog check every two years. Similar programs exist in the northeast, where motorists in...


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bluemama
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 7:00:28 PM

Florida used to have "Inspection Stations" we had to take our cars through, which checked mainly for safety issues, like are headlights aimed properly, tires in great condition, turnsignals work, brake lights work, & exhaust fumes. The state quit doing inspections some 20 years ago. I didn't mind doing it & it did keep a lot of derelict vehicles off the roads. A driver had 10 days to correct any violations or defects found, & then had to be re-inspected before driving the vehicle any more. They could bring those back & employ a bunch of people & help the economy.
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briandbec
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 11:56:41 AM

Annual exam. Long wait. 3 cars, so 3X/year.
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Seversen
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 10:04:03 AM

ugg
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 4:47:51 AM

I used to live where they had them. But it didn't really seem to help that much. Most ppl drove a bad vehicle till close to inspection time, fixed it up just enough, then back to driving it until the next inspection (if it was going to make it).
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pilotmass
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 9:09:04 AM

Mass used to do a rolling road test as well. But those expensive devices have all been ripped out and trashed. AWD cars made it impossible to do the test.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 4:57:22 AM

stressful to .. ummm... pass gas?
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mrjames1818
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 2:20:02 AM

In NJ it's every 2 years - emissions only - a pain but needed. The joke is that because of budget cuts all other safety testing has been dropped. If you pass the emissions you get your sticker - even if the brakes are not working, no horn, no lights, bald tires, cracked windshield are all ok.
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Not here and I hope never
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tomok
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 6:30:00 AM

Vehicle testing has been done for a long time, too long (Portland 1985)! Testing is done in Portland and Medford, not state wide and they will check for modifications to the engine or exhaust. Breathe cleaner air or brrreathe the pollution. Vehicle inspections cost money (for 1975 or newer), supposedly to support the program. I remember when vehicles were allowed to operate as they wanted, sometimes you couldn't walk down the sidewalk or get near a road without smelling strong exhaust fumes from car after car. Stinky! Stinky! Stinky! Not anything like today when you hardly ever smell the exhaust of any kind after they pass by or when you walk behind. 'Coming out of the closet' Barry likes that!
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money. Consider using other forms of less expensive transportation to lower your cost.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012
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wkb03
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 4:59:55 AM

Old news
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RADIOCANADA499
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 4:59:47 AM

Again
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D4444J
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 4:58:54 AM

Every two years here, too. Tied to registration!
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 4:58:52 AM

Old.
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lbrinkmn
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 4:56:48 AM

a repeat
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 4:53:08 AM

repost
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 4:53:00 AM

If you don't pass here, you get no tags.
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Petrock
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 4:52:34 AM

This is just part of the price you pay for living in a popular, smoggy area!
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 4:52:22 AM

Old news........
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 4:50:41 AM

yesterdays news
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bart_reed
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 4:50:40 AM

Good to clean up the air, not like in China.
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 4:49:42 AM

Old Post.
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 4:47:30 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 4:46:11 AM

another way to spend money controlling the public
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 4:44:26 AM

k
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Friday's leftovers!
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Obama's EPA is out of control.
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 4:39:24 AM

"Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe." steven chu, obama's energy secretary.
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 4:34:04 AM

yawn...
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 4:28:12 AM

Not a good idea
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 4:23:53 AM

Lets move on
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 4:21:54 AM

we voted it out before they even got off the ground here
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 4:19:37 AM

Old news story.
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 4:08:15 AM

Ok.
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 4:05:44 AM

o well
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 4:03:51 AM

Emissions testing would fine as long as the government would not take advantage of it to make money.
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 4:02:21 AM

OK
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Pain
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 3:59:42 AM

has results in CA
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 3:53:04 AM

Fortunately, I've never had to do this.
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 3:50:54 AM

Back when I was in Portland, we had to do this. I knew EXACTLY what my car needed before I drove it through! and also what it needed when I got back home !!!!

Back then I had RWD CHRYSLERS and they ALWAYS PASSED !!!!
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 3:48:49 AM

Ok
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Already read this
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Ok
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 3:33:45 AM

Repost from two days ago.
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Hot air produced by the people claiming to be trying to reduce it.
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 3:30:27 AM

Test mine, I just had ham & beans.......
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Abolish the EPA --- Now !!!
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ok
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 3:27:25 AM

they test every other year here in cali
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 3:22:36 AM

old news
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old
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