There are a myriad of reasons why a vehicle may not pass an emissions test. Causes can include an illuminated “check engine” light, a loose gas cap, or a dirty engine air filter, just to name a few. Whatever the reason, not passing emissions is a major bummer.
For one thing, failing emissions means that you won’t be able to properly register your vehicle with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). This also means that you won’t receive license plates or an updated sticker if your renewal requires an emissions test that year. A vehicle that can’t pass emissions is also worse for the environment and your respiratory system.
That being said, here are some things you can do if your vehicle doesn’t pass emissions testing:
1. Find Out If You Qualify For A Waiver
Generally speaking, if you have already put $715.00 worth of repairs into your vehicle to coax it into passing emissions and the vehicle still fails, you may be qualified to obtain a repair waiver. Otherwise, you may qualify for a financial hardship waiver or diagnostic waiver if your current financial situation prevents you from obtaining necessary repairs, or if (as one example) essential parts are unavailable. There are, of course, certain requirements you must meet to qualify for these waivers, so be sure to visit this site for more information.
2. Obtain Diagnostic Services, Then Make Necessary Repairs
This may seem obvious, but not everyone who owns a car is a car expert, and, as such, it is often a good idea to visit a qualified mechanic when it comes to solving emissions-related issues. Make sure to take advantage of any existing warranties your vehicle may have, and don’t be afraid to ask around for several quotes before you dive into repairs.
3. Return The Vehicle
Now, before you get too excited, the “take it back” option is really only relevant if you just purchased the vehicle. According to the Colorado Department of Revenue Division of Motor Vehicles:
“Colorado dealers are required to provide a passing emissions test or a voucher good for one emissions test at the time of sale. Submit the Certificate of Emissions Control (the bottom third of your passing emission test) with your registration fee to your county motor vehicle office.”
Therefore, if a recently-purchased vehicle fails to pass emissions, it may be time to contact your dealer regarding covered necessary repairs or returning the vehicle for a refund.
4. Consider A More Eco-Friendly Vehicle
As you navigate the process of preparing your vehicle to pass emissions, keep in mind that, depending on the severity of your vehicle’s issues, some situations may cause you to spend more money on repairs than the vehicle is actually worth. In that case, there is an argument to be made for cutting your losses and shopping around for a lower-maintenance, more eco-friendly vehicle that will also be easier on your wallet.
So, there you have it. No need to despair if your vehicle is struggling to pass emissions! Simply take a moment to breathe and evaluate your options.
From all of us here at Quick-Set Auto Glass, drive safely out there!