Not Logged In Log In   Sign Up   Points Leaders
Follow Us    11:07 PM

GasBuddy News Article

31
votes
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...


Read the Full Article

Submitted Jul 20, 2012 By: PD
Category: GasBuddy Official Blog > Topics Add to favorite topics   Post new topicPost New Topic
Author Topic: Emissions testing: oh what a joy! Back to Topics
REPLIES (newest first) Post a Reply
bluemama
Rookie Author Tallahassee

Posts:25
Points:13,500
Joined:Jan 2008
Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 8:00:28 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.
briandbec
Champion Author Tucson

Posts:7,657
Points:1,202,370
Joined:Aug 2011
Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 12:56:41 PM

Annual exam. Long wait. 3 cars, so 3X/year.
Seversen
Rookie Author South Dakota

Posts:35
Points:885,000
Joined:Jul 2012
Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 11:04:03 AM

ugg
honda0105
Champion Author Tallahassee

Posts:24,310
Points:2,437,590
Joined:Nov 2008
Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 5:47:51 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).
pilotmass
Champion Author Boston

Posts:5,452
Points:1,333,040
Joined:Jul 2011
Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 10:09:04 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.
honda0105
Champion Author Tallahassee

Posts:24,310
Points:2,437,590
Joined:Nov 2008
Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 5:57:22 AM

stressful to .. ummm... pass gas?
mrjames1818
Champion Author New Jersey

Posts:4,933
Points:2,805,320
Joined:Mar 2004
Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 3:20:02 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.
OldMan322
Champion Author Illinois

Posts:11,152
Points:2,398,045
Joined:Jul 2008
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 9:24:04 AM

Not here and I hope never
tomok
Champion Author Portland

Posts:46,779
Points:3,169,435
Joined:Aug 2006
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 7:30:00 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
wkb03
Champion Author Georgia

Posts:3,272
Points:1,000,000
Joined:Aug 2011
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 5:59:55 AM

Old news
RADIOCANADA499
Champion Author Ontario

Posts:5,745
Points:1,587,510
Joined:Aug 2005
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 5:59:47 AM

Again
D4444J
Champion Author Albuquerque

Posts:5,150
Points:1,384,945
Joined:Aug 2011
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 5:58:54 AM

Every two years here, too. Tied to registration!
AvantiMick
Champion Author Indiana

Posts:16,015
Points:3,333,700
Joined:Dec 2005
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 5:58:52 AM

Old.
lbrinkmn
Champion Author Minnesota

Posts:6,048
Points:2,632,095
Joined:Oct 2005
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 5:56:48 AM

a repeat
jeff95519
Champion Author California

Posts:5,765
Points:2,180,935
Joined:Sep 2008
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 5:53:08 AM

repost
BM4225
Champion Author Atlanta

Posts:13,233
Points:2,850,870
Joined:Aug 2006
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 5:53:00 AM

If you don't pass here, you get no tags.
Petrock
Champion Author Lexington

Posts:12,514
Points:3,389,485
Joined:Apr 2005
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 5:52:34 AM

This is just part of the price you pay for living in a popular, smoggy area!
Hunter724
Champion Author New Hampshire

Posts:11,450
Points:2,450,360
Joined:Sep 2008
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 5:52:22 AM

Old news........
swede
Champion Author Cleveland

Posts:6,051
Points:2,436,600
Joined:Feb 2003
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 5:50:41 AM

yesterdays news
bart_reed
Champion Author Los Angeles

Posts:7,364
Points:1,606,315
Joined:Mar 2011
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 5:50:40 AM

Good to clean up the air, not like in China.
wilbur_gas
Champion Author Los Angeles

Posts:3,162
Points:1,321,755
Joined:Mar 2011
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 5:49:42 AM

Old Post.
Z06KY
Champion Author Louisville

Posts:8,548
Points:1,710,150
Joined:Nov 2010
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 5:47:30 AM

ok
gasandgoAL
Champion Author Alabama

Posts:10,614
Points:2,399,895
Joined:Sep 2008
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 5:46:11 AM

another way to spend money controlling the public
SteveMartin
Champion Author New Orleans

Posts:7,573
Points:1,637,070
Joined:May 2008
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 5:44:26 AM

k
otherdave
Champion Author Indiana

Posts:6,791
Points:2,078,790
Joined:Oct 2008
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 5:43:42 AM

Friday's leftovers!
Piper0072
Champion Author Rochester

Posts:3,470
Points:1,180,290
Joined:Jun 2008
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 5:41:50 AM

Obama's EPA is out of control.
Boo1989
Champion Author Atlanta

Posts:8,313
Points:1,580,170
Joined:Oct 2008
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 5:39:24 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.
4bobux
Champion Author Peoria

Posts:4,572
Points:1,141,495
Joined:Mar 2012
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 5:34:04 AM

yawn...
quasar502
Champion Author Lansing

Posts:6,737
Points:1,598,620
Joined:Jan 2011
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 5:28:12 AM

Not a good idea
ILVET
Champion Author Illinois

Posts:18,423
Points:3,733,370
Joined:Jan 2005
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 5:23:53 AM

Lets move on
pkhdonovan
Champion Author Maine

Posts:15,399
Points:3,534,305
Joined:Sep 2005
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 5:21:54 AM

we voted it out before they even got off the ground here
Blue_Cruzer
Champion Author Lexington

Posts:8,894
Points:1,942,465
Joined:Mar 2007
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 5:19:37 AM

Old news story.
fratt
Champion Author Grand Rapids

Posts:13,161
Points:3,472,335
Joined:Jul 2005
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 5:08:15 AM

Ok.
steve621
Champion Author Wilmington

Posts:5,174
Points:2,893,510
Joined:Aug 2004
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 5:05:44 AM

o well
Quick68
Champion Author Columbus

Posts:12,867
Points:2,036,525
Joined:Dec 2009
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 5:03:51 AM

Emissions testing would fine as long as the government would not take advantage of it to make money.
LogansGasPrices
Champion Author Indiana

Posts:1,995
Points:1,721,360
Joined:Sep 2005
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 5:02:21 AM

OK
MadTraveler
Champion Author Idaho

Posts:2,082
Points:575,400
Joined:Nov 2009
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 4:59:49 AM

Pain
findcheap
Champion Author Los Angeles

Posts:12,968
Points:2,820,420
Joined:Apr 2007
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 4:59:42 AM

has results in CA
Palantas
All-Star Author Indianapolis

Posts:833
Points:538,305
Joined:Sep 2011
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 4:53:04 AM

Fortunately, I've never had to do this.
Amplion
Champion Author Oregon

Posts:10,276
Points:2,644,245
Joined:Sep 2005
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 4:50:54 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 !!!!
yonasb
Champion Author Houston

Posts:3,463
Points:852,575
Joined:Apr 2011
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 4:48:49 AM

Ok
ican2step
Champion Author Pittsburgh

Posts:4,888
Points:1,214,625
Joined:Feb 2012
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 4:40:04 AM

Already read this
hogfan24
Champion Author Arkansas

Posts:5,401
Points:1,328,325
Joined:Dec 2011
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 4:38:17 AM

Ok
arb0526
Champion Author Greensboro

Posts:2,781
Points:582,685
Joined:Mar 2011
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 4:33:45 AM

Repost from two days ago.
Badjef
Champion Author Florida

Posts:7,514
Points:1,644,065
Joined:Jan 2011
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 4:31:16 AM

Hot air produced by the people claiming to be trying to reduce it.
harleydoctor
Champion Author Kansas

Posts:10,737
Points:2,739,185
Joined:Sep 2005
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 4:30:27 AM

Test mine, I just had ham & beans.......
SteelPenny
Champion Author Dallas

Posts:38,730
Points:3,414,465
Joined:Sep 2005
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 4:29:57 AM

Abolish the EPA --- Now !!!
firasatali
Champion Author Toronto

Posts:6,499
Points:1,327,530
Joined:May 2011
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 4:27:28 AM

ok
furiousfowl
Champion Author Riverside

Posts:19,860
Points:3,499,145
Joined:May 2005
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 4:27:25 AM

they test every other year here in cali
twobroke61
Champion Author Michigan

Posts:11,642
Points:2,389,185
Joined:Sep 2008
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 4:22:36 AM

old news
eightiesgod
Champion Author Ohio

Posts:5,747
Points:1,967,135
Joined:Oct 2008
Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 4:20:45 AM

old
Post a reply Back to Topics