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Old 09-16-2014, 09:23 AM
 
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Also, I believe one of the checks that they do is that they look for a Check Engine Light and I believe this could cause you to fail the test.

Concerning the Check Engine Light, did you ever get it scanned to see why the CEL is on?
That use to be an automatic fail. It's not anymore.
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Old 09-16-2014, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Golden, CO
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You'll have to find an Air Care Colorado station. They just basically drive your vehicle onto rollers and put a fan in-front of your vehicle for a few minutes while someone sits inside and presses the gas pedal. I don't think they do anything fancy like measuring compression. The experience is lackluster and the employees don't seem very bright. Watch out if you have a manual transmission as well, as the last time I took my Jeep in, it seemed like the person performing the test wasn't very comfortable with driving a stick shift.

In my opinion, requiring a test on a newer vehicle is a bit of a scam.
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Old 09-16-2014, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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You'll have to find an Air Care Colorado station. They just basically drive your vehicle onto rollers and put a fan in-front of your vehicle for a few minutes while someone sits inside and presses the gas pedal. I don't think they do anything fancy like measuring compression. The experience is lackluster and the employees don't seem very bright. Watch out if you have a manual transmission as well, as the last time I took my Jeep in, it seemed like the person performing the test wasn't very comfortable with driving a stick shift.

In my opinion, requiring a test on a newer vehicle is a bit of a scam.
Yeah, I've heard it really isn't necessary anymore on cars built after a certain year. I drive a hybrid and am completely exempt.
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Old 09-16-2014, 01:50 PM
 
Location: The 719
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Go to an auto parts store and have them diagnose your check engine light for free.
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Old 09-16-2014, 02:42 PM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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Yeah, I've heard it really isn't necessary anymore on cars built after a certain year. I drive a hybrid and am completely exempt.
The first 3 years of a new car are exempt.

"When a newer vehicle is brought into the program area and is less than three years old (from Manufacturer Statement of Origin) the vehicle does not require an emissions inspection at the time of registration. The vehicle will require an emissions inspection when it reaches its fourth model year."

My two 1994 year model cars were only tested every other year (bi-annual).
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Old 09-16-2014, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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I have a hybrid too (2005), and don't have to do emissions on it.

http://aircarecolorado.com/rapidscreen/
^This got me out of my last two emissions tests in my other vehicle.
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