service areas October 08, 2018

Wiygul Automotive - Automotive Inspection Station - Herndon VA

Herndon, VA vehicle owners have two options when it comes to having their auto exhaust system tested at an automotive inspection station. There are the certified emissions inspection stations, located at all Virginia Wiygul Automotive Clinics. The new choice for car and truck owners is to use a RAPIDPASS on-road emissions test sites.

These new test sites identify each vehicle as it drives past by taking a picture of the license plate and measuring the emissions output in under a second. If it passes, the owner is mailed the inspection sticker for the windshield. If you want more information about the RAPIDPASS program or to find the location of the nearest emissions testing site; visit the DMV website at

While the RAPIDPASS sites are quick, there is only a small number in service across Virginia. They are ineffective during inclement weather and have to be shut down. Testing at a certified emissions inspection station takes longer than a RAPIDPASS station, but every trained Wiygul Clinic technician can complete a test in any weather at one of our Wiygul Virginia locations.

Our emissions specialists thoroughly test the vehicle exhaust system to secure a PASS for each customer. If the vehicle registers as a FAIL, however, they provide a list of the exhaust system components that did not perform to manufacturer requirements and need repair or replacement. Vehicles requiring emissions inspection divide into categories by type of fuel, diesel, and gasoline.

Diesel-powered passenger and property-carrying cars and trucks that need an emission inspection must be a 1997 model year or more recent. That means a 1998 Saturn falls into this category, but a 1996 model does not. Each vehicle must have a manufacturer’s designated gross vehicle weight rating of 8,500 pounds or less.

Gasoline-powered passenger and property-carrying cars and trucks that need an inspection must be less than 25 model years before January 1st of the current calendar year. As an example, a 1994 Toyota requires inspection in 2018 while a 1993 model does not. The vehicles must also have a manufacturer's designated gross vehicle weight of 10,000 pounds or less. All Herndon, VA vehicle registration records are updated automatically regardless of which type of automotive inspection station performs the test. Inspection results are normally processed and sent to the DMV database within 24 hours. Each inspection is valid for two years from the date of the test.

Private and commercial vehicles with a FAIL from either type of inspection station can register or process a renewal through the DMV. The only alternative is the owner applies for and receives a DMV WAIVER for emissions system repair costs that exceed $450.00.

If your Herndon, VA vehicle needs emissions testing, bring it into a Wiygul automotive inspection station today. We accept customers on a first-come-first-serve basis, no appointments. To find our nearest Clinic to your home, call us at 866-702-8050.


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