service areas July 03, 2018

Emissions Inspection – Alexandria VA

Most autos and trucks driving on our roads and highways have to pass a VA Emissions Inspection. That is the case for nearly all Alexandria, VA vehicles unless they fall outside the categories determined by the VA Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The state divides auto and truck categories by the fuel they consume. Every vehicle in them must Pass the inspection. Each inspection is valid for two years.

Diesel-powered passenger and property-hauling autos and trucks that have a manufacturer’s Designated Gross Weight Rating of 8,500 pounds or less and are 1997 or newer models. If the vehicle is heavier than that or it is a 1996 model of older, then it receives a Waiver from the VA DMV.

Gasoline-powered passenger and property-hauling autos and trucks also need to receive a Pass if they have a manufacturer’s Designated Gross Weight Rating of 10,000 pounds or less and are a model less than 25 years old from before January 1st of the current calendar year. As an example, a 2001 Ford Mustang falls into this category while a 1992 Mercedes moving van is one year outside the cut-off of January 1st 2018 and receives a Waiver from the VA Emissions Inspection for their Alexandria, VA vehicle.

These requirements are mandatory for all category-meeting vehicles for all residents in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudon, Prince William, and Stafford Counties or the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park.

At Wiygul Automotive Clinics, providing this service is another important part of continuing our family and business tradition of excellent service. Our grandfather, James Wiygul began it 60 years ago with his very first job in the automotive industry. He immediately decided to "Never Lie, Cheat or Steal, Ever" his customers or anyone he dealt with, and it is still a guiding principle for us today.

Years later, in 1976, Oscar Wiygul Sr. opened our first Automotive Clinic here in Alexandria on South Pickett Street with his wife, Sue. We usually call them Dad and Mom though. The original building has expanded, and we now have twelve auto technicians and four service writers to ensure every Alexandria, VA car that comes in for a VA Emissions Inspection is tested quickly, efficiently, and put back out on the road.

Each Wiygul Automotive Clinic tests and services all major automotive brands, foreign and domestic. Until the end of May, we offer a $14.00 coupon off the cost of every VA Emissions Inspection. One thing to keep in mind for whenever you want to drop in and have your vehicle tested; the wait for an Emissions Inspection is usually at its lowest in the middle two weeks of every month. Plan to block out your morning or afternoon, because we perform the inspections strictly on a first-come-first-serve basis.

With now more than forty years in business, we are proud to serve our fellow Virginians at locations in Alexandria, Burke, Herndon, Reston. If you have a question for us, call today at 866-702-8050.

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