FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Do I need an appointment?

    No, it is a walk-in service but appointments can be scheduled.

  • How much is the test?

    The test cost is $20, cash only.

  • Can I use an expired registration?

    Yes. You can also bring a title.

  • Does it include a vin verification?

    Yes, all emissions tests include a vin verification. Click here for more vin verification info.

  • I lost my paperwork. What do I do now?

    If possible, bring in your old registration or the title.  If you forget your paperwork we can still perform the test.

  • What do I need to bring?

    Bring your registration or postcard (either one), $20 cash test fee, and bring keys inside.

  • Where do I park?

    Look for the parking spots labeled Emissions Parking.

  • I failed the test once already. What happens now?

    Bring the failed paperwork with you for your retest. Make sure any repairs completed are documented prior to visiting for a retest. You will receive one free retest within 60 days of the initial failure. If your vehicle fails again, you will need to pay for the 3rd test.

  • I just installed a new battery. Can I take the test?

    You will need to complete a drive cycle for the engine computer to recognize all the systems of your car are working properly. If you test before the drive cycle is complete, your vehicle will fail.

  • My check engine light is on. Will I pass?

    No, the check engine light indicates a problem is present. A full diagnosis is recommended.

  • What if I can't afford the repairs?

    The state of CT offers a waiver program. Repairs must be completed by a certified emissions technician at a certified emissions repair facility. For 2020, a minimum repair amount of $931 is required for waivers.

  • When are you there?

    Monday to Friday: 8am-5pm
    Saturdays: 8am-1pm 

  • Where can I learn more?

    Visit here.

  • Where Can I check my Emissions Test Due Date and sign up for email reminders?

    Visit here.

  • I just did repairs. Can I test it?

    You can test it, but unless the drive cycle has been completed, the vehicle will fail. Drive cycles are typically 80-100 miles of varied speeds and terrain with periods of stopping and starting the vehicle. Feel free to ask our staff about drive cycles. 

EMISSIONS FAILURES

 I failed my initial test.

What now?

You will need to have your vehicle diagnosed and repaired. Completing repairs at a certified emissions repair facility like Oceanside Auto will qualify you for a cost waiver if necessary.

 I failed my free retest.

What should I do?

Depending on your situation, you may qualify for a cost waiver. If you had repairs completed by a friend or a non-certified facility, the cost waiver does not apply. You will need to have the vehicle diagnosed and repaired. If you do not have a facility you trust, Oceanside Auto is certified for emissions repairs. Any test from this point forward will cost $20

My check engine light isn't even on! Why did I fail?

If the battery was disconnected/died or you had recent repairs completed, the vehicle needs to go through a drive cycle to recognize all the systems are operating properly. Drive cycles are periods of varied driving - hills, flat roads, different speeds and cycles of stopping and starting. Every car is different. If you are having trouble completing the drive cycle, ask our staff how we can help.

  • Hours

    Mon-Fri: 8AM-5PM

    Sat: 8AM-1PM

    Sun: Closed

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