Do you need an eTest in Waterloo? Hansma Automotive can help. Read on to discover what you need to know about Ontario’s Drive Clean program, as well as some upcoming changes. If you need an eTest in Waterloo, contact the experts at Hansma Automotive - we perform efficient and accurate Drive Clean tests in order to keep your vehicle on the road and keep our environment clean.
eTest Waterloo: Where to Take Drive Clean Test
What Is an eTest?
According to Ontario’s Drive Clean program, if your passenger vehicle is seven years and older, it needs to pass an emissions test (eTest) before you can renew your registration and licence plate stickers. The purpose of this test is to reduce air pollution by ensuring that vehicles that produce an unacceptable amount of emissions are not allowed on the road.
Types of eTests
Before performing the eTest, an inspector will do a visual check at no cost, according to the Government of Ontario. If the inspector finds any of the following issues, they must be corrected before the emissions test can continue, as they could lead to injury and/or the test equipment may not work properly:
Missing catalytic converter and/or gas cap
Defects in the fuel filler pipe
Problems with the on-board computer system that would prevent the vehicle from being tested
Visible smoke coming from the tailpipe
Any problems the inspector believes would prevent the vehicle from being tested safely
You will receive a pre-test check rejection form if the vehicle cannot be tested. You will need to return for the test once any required repairs are made.
Next, the inspector will take a look at your vehicle’s on-board computer to identify emissions problems. If your vehicle doesn’t have an-onboard computer, a tailpipe test will be done to measure emissions. If your vehicle fails, you will need to get the necessary repairs completed - if possible - before it can be certified.
In terms of cost, here’s how much you can expect to pay for the eTest in Waterloo, for example.
Where to Take the Drive Clean Test
The eTest must be performed at an accredited facility by a certified inspector. These private operators run the test and provide you with a test report. If you live in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, you can book an appointment with Hansma Automotive today. You can also use the Find a Drive Clean Facility form to find an operator in your area.
Upcoming eTest Changes
Effective April 1, 2019, you will no longer be required to get an eTest for you passenger vehicles. This decision was made because while Drive Clean effectively reduced vehicle pollution, auto industry standards have significantly improved since it was was instituted in 1999, making the program no longer a necessity.
From that point on, owners of vehicles will still be required to make sure their vehicle emissions systems are operating properly. This means maintenance and repairs are still necessary and will help to avoid more costly repairs.
A new, enhanced program will focus more on the biggest polluting vehicles like commercial transport trucks, and will ensure that Ontario continues to lead Canada in reducing harmful smog-causing pollutants.
Until April 1st 2019, all of the above still applies. If you need an eTest between today and April 1, 2019, book an appointment with Hansma Automotive.
Trust Hansma Automotive With Your eTest, Waterloo!
Hansma Automotive is located in Kitchener and regularly performs efficient and accurate Drive Clean tests in order to keep your vehicle on the road and to keep our air clean. If your vehicle needs an eTest, contact us today to book yours.
A well-maintained vehicle can help you avoid costly repairs and reduce pollution. It is important to follow the maintenance schedules outlined by your vehicle's manufacturer. If your check engine light comes on, have your vehicle looked at by a qualified mechanic as soon as possible.
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