inspections January 14, 2018

Car Emissions Inspections Improve Springfield, VA’s Air Quality

In an effort to improve air quality in the Northern Virginia area, a Virginia car emissions inspection is required for certain vehicles registered or operated in Northern Virginia. Wiygul Automotive Clinic is a certified emissions inspection station and repair facility for your convenience near Springfield, VA.

What are Car Emissions?

Chemicals in exhaust gases that are harmful to air quality generally containing carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, lead compounds, nitrogen oxides, unburnt hydrocarbons and water vapor.

Do I Live in an Emissions Inspection Program Area?

In order to register your vehicle with the DMV or annual registration renewals in the Springfield, VA area, your vehicle must pass a car emissions and smog inspection in the following counties and cities in Northern Virginia:

• Arlington
• Fairfax
• Loudoun
• Prince William
• Stafford
• Alexandria
• Fairfax
• Falls Church
• Manassas
• Manassas Park

If you live or commute to any of these counties or cities, you will need to have an emissions inspection performed every two years at a certified emissions inspection station. The inspection should only take about 20 minutes or less. Afterwards, the inspector will issue a vehicle inspection report. Results are immediately transmitted to the DEQ (Virginia Department of Environmental Quality) and the DMV (Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles) from the inspection station.

Is an Emissions Inspection Required for all Vehicles?

The emissions inspection program, called Air Check Virginia, includes:

• Gasoline powered vehicles less than 25 years old prior to January 1 of the current calendar year with a manufacturer’s gross weight of 10,000 pounds or less.

• 1997 model year and newer diesel powered vehicles with a gross weight rating up to and including 8,500 pounds.

What Happens if my Car Fails?

If your vehicle does not pass the inspection, the necessary repairs must be done. Once the repairs are performed, your vehicle will need to be re-inspected, which is free if performed within 14 days at the same facility that you originally took it to for the emissions inspection. If your vehicle does not pass the re-inspection, you may be eligible for a waiver if a specified amount was spent on emissions-related repairs and only if the appropriate repairs were done by a Virginia certified emissions repair facility near Springfield, VA. The waiver is good for two years.

About Burke Centre Automotive

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call or stop by Wiygul Automotive Clinic located in Burke, VA. We would be happy to answer any questions you might have about car emissions inspections or any other questions regarding repairs or maintenance. We are a full-service, independent auto repair facility and tire center that our Springfield, VA customers have come to depend on for quality service for all their automotive needs.

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