Lafayette Experts Answer Questions About Colorado’s Emission Test

When should my car’s emissions be tested?

Most people currently drive a car or truck manufactured after 1981. So as long as your car model is 1982 or newer, it only needs to be tested every two years. The only exception to this rule is if you drive a vehicle with a diesel engine. Diesel vehicles are required to have the diesel opacity test annually, regardless of the model year.

Are there any vehicle exemptions in Colorado?

If you live within the inspection zone in Colorado, here are a few emissions test exemptions you might qualify for:

  •      Vehicles 7 model years old or newer
  •      Hybrid and electric vehicles
  •      Motorcycles
  •      Vehicles registered as a horseless carriage, street rod or kit car

Does Colorado require a vehicle safety test?

While the state of Colorado doesn’t require a vehicle safety test, the inspection station can still fail your vehicle if it’s unsafe to test, has inoperable parts or has fluid issues. Anything from fluid leaks and bad brakes to dashboard warning lights may cause the inspector to determine your car is unsafe to test. Make sure your car is in good working order before you take it to your closest testing station.

Emission Test Repairs in Lafayette, CO

At Christian Brothers Automotive Lafayette, we can handle any repairs your car needs to pass the test. If you would like to make sure your car is in good condition before your test this year, bring it by our auto repair shop for a courtesy inspection. We’ll thoroughly inspect your car to make sure it’s ready to pass the Colorado emissions test. Our 2-year/24,000-mile Nice Difference warranty guarantees our work is done right the first time! Call us today to see the nice difference and schedule your courtesy inspection right here in Lafayette, Colorado.