The state of New Jersey, like many other states, requires newly registered vehicles to pass an emissions inspection (with the only exception to this being new vehicles, which don't need to be inspected until they're five years old). The purpose of these inspections is to improve overall air quality in the state. However, not all vehicles pass the emissions test the first time around, so knowing what steps to take in the event that your car fails its inspection is important.
Review Your Inspection Report
Regardless of whether or not your vehicle passes an emissions test, you'll receive a detailed report from the inspection agency. In the event that your vehicle fails, this report will be extremely helpful in determining what kinds of repairs need to be done on your vehicle. Specifically, check the report for "emissions defects," which will explain, in detail, which aspects of the inspection your car failed and what steps need to be taken to remedy the problem. If you have trouble reading your report, be sure to speak with a Motor Vehicle Commission representative.
Find an Emissions Repair Facility
Once you know what needs repaired on your vehicle, you have two options. If you're familiar with car repairs, you may order the necessary parts and conduct your own repair. However, to ensure that the repair is done properly, the state of New Jersey recommends that you locate a registered Emissions Repair Facility (ERF) and have the work done there. You can find an ERF in your area by simply entering your ZIP code and some other basic information. Try to schedule your repair appointment as soon as possible so you can get your re-inspection set up.
Schedule Your Re-Inspection
Be sure to check your inspection report to see just how long you have to schedule your re-inspection appointment before you'll be fined. Generally, it's best to schedule these appointments as soon as possible, as you will still be susceptible to being written fines and tickets by New Jersey law enforcement for being out of compliance with state emissions standards in the meantime.
Dealing with NJ state vehicle inspections can be a bit of a headache if your car doesn't pass the first time around. However, by following these steps, you can get your vehicle passed in no time while also enjoying the peace of mind in knowing you're doing your part to lower your vehicle emissions.