What is an Emissions Test?

Smog test or Emissions test


Still trying to figure out what an emissions test is? Emissions testing is also referred to as smog checks. Whether you drive a new or pre-owned Honda around Louisville, your vehicle includes an onboard computer that oversees engine performance concerning fuel, spark, and air. These tests check the operation of this computer and measure the levels of pollutants like hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, oxygen, and nitrogen oxides.

These pollutants are found in vehicle exhaust, and emissions testing determines whether your car exceeds the legal levels of these pollutants. Below, our Boulder service center’s technicians answer the following emissions-related questions:

  • How much is an emissions test?
  • How long does an emissions test take?
  • Do I need an emissions test?

Do I Need an Emissions Test?

Do you need an emissions test? There’s a good chance you do. Over 30 states require emissions testing to some degree for registered vehicles every two years. If you’re unsure of CO’s emissions testing requirements, you can get in touch with the environmental agency for more information. Here are the states that currently require some form of emissions testing:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Missouri
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

How Much is an Emissions Test?

The price of emissions testing varies based on your state, but typically costs between $15 and $30. Usually, the cost is on the lower side if emissions testing is required yearly.

How Long Does an Emissions Test Take?

Usually, emissions tests take 15 to 30 minutes. However, there are no federal requirements for emissions tests. So, each state and municipality can set its standards for emissions testing; testing times can vary. An emissions test in Broomfield may take longer than an emissions test in Longmont. Naturally, the more requirements set by the state, the longer the test will take.

Schedule an Emissions Test at Fisher Honda

If your vehicle is due for emissions testing, or you’re concerned about your car’s emissions, contact us at Fisher Honda or schedule a service visit. We can answer any maintenance-related questions you may have about emissions testing requirements in Boulder. While you’re here, browse our service coupons for offers on Honda OEM parts and services your vehicle needs.

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