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Does Vermont require emissions testing on used vehicles?

Emissions testing requirements in Vermont

With a newfound emphasis on environmental safety throughout the American automotive market, today’s models have been built to provide cleaner performance than ever before. When you register a vehicle in our state, you’ll need to ensure that it meets all expectations before you can head out for the open road. So, today Poulin Auto Sales will show you the emissions testing requirements in Vermont, as well as where to get it taken care of.

What constitutes an emissions test in Vermont?

Every model that is registered in our state has to complete an emissions test on a yearly basis, which evaluates your vehicle’s catalytic converter and gas cap if you own a car from the 1995 model year or older. If your car was built in 1996 or newer, the emissions testing will consist of a visual and electronic inspection of its On-Board Diagnostic System.

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What do emissions tests check for?

There are plenty of gases that your vehicles emit that could end up in health problems or greenhouse effects if exposed to them. Emissions tests are designated to detect excess amounts of the following pollutants:

  • Nitrogen Oxides
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Sulfur Dioxide
  • Volatile Organic Compounds
  • Particulate Matter (emitted by Diesel Exhaust)

Basically, a faulty catalytic converter or diagnostic system will be unable to trap (or detect)these harmful chemicals in your engine, potentially letting them expel into the environment. That’s bad news down the road, which makes it all the more crucial that your car can check off all the boxes.

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Test drive a quality used vehicle at Poulin Auto Sales in Barre VT

Each of the vehicles that we offer have gone through rigorous emissions testing to ensure that they provide a healthy and safe ride no matter what – contact our sales team today to find your new favorite car, and schedule a test drive of one. And, most of all, thank you for doing your part to keep Vermont one of the healthiest and most beautiful states in our nation!