Having your vehicle regularly inspected can help it last longer and also — in the case of emissions inspections — align with state laws regarding air quality and the performance of your vehicle’s exhaust system. If you’re due for one of these inspections, stop by the service center at Credit Union Auto Buying Service.
When a vehicle is subject to a multi-point inspection, it undergoes a rigorous evaluation of multiple aspects of the vehicle’s mechanical systems and parts to ensure they’re functioning at optimal levels. During an inspection, service technicians may administer common inspections like checking tire tread wear and determining engine oil condition, but also will look over the brake system, battery condition, wiper blades and windshields, and any other miscellaneous parts that could need attention.
It’s a good idea to get a multi-point inspection every time you schedule an oil change. This allows service technicians to assess any ongoing wear and tear at regular mileage checkpoints.
Here in North Carolina, 22 counties required vehicles to pass an emissions inspection before they can go on the road. Laws about emissions inspection vary by state, but they all have the same goal of testing the exhaust emissions released by any given vehicle in order to reduce the amount of smog and other pollutants in the air.
What happens during an emissions inspection? The vehicle being tested is put on a dynamometer. Precise equipment is hooked up to the tailpipe and measures the emissions being released by the vehicle as it runs. A vehicle passes or fails depending on how well its internal systems function.
The frequency of how often drivers must get emissions inspections depends on a number of factors, like county laws and the age of your vehicle.
Check with us at Credit Union Auto Buying Service to see if your vehicle is due for a maintenance evaluation or emissions inspection.