GA Emissions Testing & Repairs at NAPA’s Premier Service Center | AAA Approved Auto Repair Marietta GA

GA Emissions Testing NAPA's Premier Service Center | AAA Approved Auto Repair Marietta GA

GA Emissions Testing & Repairs at NAPA's Premier Service Center

Welcome to NAPA’s Premier Service Center | AAA Approved Auto Repair Marietta GA website for motorists information regarding the Georgia’s Clean Air Force (GCAF) Emissions Testing program.

Since the inception of the GA Emissions program in 1996, NAPA’s Premeir Service Center has been an approved testing site approved and certified by the state’s Enhanced Vehicle Emission Inspection and Maintenance (I/M) Program.

The primary purpose of Georgia’s Emissions program is to kept mass amounts of pollutants out of our air. Nearly 2 million polluting vehicles have been identified in Georgia and repaired. But there’s more to be done. GCAF remains committed to helping the region work toward better air quality.

NAPA’s Premier Service Center & Emissions Repairs

Should your vehicle not pass emissions… NAPA’s Premier Service Center is one of highest rated emissions repair facilities in the Marietta area.

We have highly trained and ASE certified technicians that are completely qualified to make the needed repairs.

Normally we can fully test, diagnose, repair and retest your vehicle all in the same day.

Also if you had your vehicle tested at another testing facility and if you choose us for your emission repairs we will retest and get your vehicle certified without you needing to return to the original testing facility.  We do this totally at our cost.

If your vehicle fails the GA Emissions test… let us make the necessary repairs and I guarantee that you will be pleased with the results.  Our objective is always to deliver back to you a vehicle that passes the emission testing and at the lowest possible cost to you… with all our work guaranteed.

If your vehicle is a 1987-2008 model year gasoline-powered car or light-duty truck (8,500 pounds gross vehicle weight rating or less) registered in Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Paulding or Rockdale County.

The three most recent model year vehicles are exempt from emission testing each year. For registration in 2011, this includes all 2009 and newer model year vehicles.

Additionally, vehicles that are 25 model years or older are exempt from emission testing. This includes 1986 or older model year vehicles.

If you are late renewing your registration for your birthday in 2010, your vehicle will be tested according to the 2010 rules.

Things to remember:

  • A vehicle’s model year is the year your vehicle was built as designated by the vehicle manufacturer.
  • Certain exemptions and extensions may apply to your vehicle (see below).
  • Motorcycles, recreational vehicles (RVs) and motor homes do not require emission testing for registration.
  • Diesel vehicles do not require emission testing for registration.

What to Do if You’re Buying a Used Vehicle:

If you are buying a used vehicle that’ll be registered in a covered county,* the seller (regardless of area in Georgia) must ensure the vehicle has a passing Georgia automobile emission inspection at the time of purchase if the buyer intends to sign-up the vehicle in a covered county.
A Georgia Vehicle Emissions Inspection Report (VIR) can be used for that initial registration and one enrollment renewal if still valid.
*Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale 

Sellers aren’t required to provide the buyer having a hard copy of the VIR. The actual VIR will be on record electronically at the tag office. When the buyer would like a hard copy of the VIR, a free copy can be downloaded here.

To file a complaint against a seller for failing to have a passing inspection at the time of sale, go to the Forms as well as Applications section and complete the “Used Vehicle Sale Complaint Form.”

Since a waivered vehicle failed the emission inspection, significant costs may be required to wash up or waiver the vehicle later on emission inspections.

Within 12 months, a vehicle may be sold several times using the same valid VIR.

What to do If You Purchased a Vehicle from Out Side of the Testing Area:
When registering your vehicle for the first time in a covered county,* it must be tested within 30 days before you can register the vehicle. 

*Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale.

Note: Keep a copy of your passing Georgia Vehicle Emission Inspection Report (VIR) for future reference.

To summarize… You Need to Get Your Vehicle Tested When…

Your vehicle must be tested every year prior to its registration date (the vehicle owner’s birthday). For registration in 2011, the three most recent model years are exempt from emission testing, which includes 2009 or newer model year vehicles.

Vehicles 25 model years or older are exempt. For registration in 2011, this includes model years 1986 or older. The registration renewal insert provides information regarding registration renewal. 

Test early. GCAF recommends having your vehicle inspected four to six weeks prior to the registration renewal date. Vehicles can be tested well in advance if the driver of the vehicle will be out of the area at the time of registration. As a reminder, an emission inspection is valid for 12 months or one registration renewal, by the same owner.

Tips To Improve Your Chances of Getting a Passing Emissions Certificate:
Try these tips to help prepare for your next vehicle emission test:
• The most common reasons for emission test failures include: a malfunction in the components of the vehicle that regulate the fuel/air ratio such as the oxygen sensor and the EGR valve; a dirty air filter; misfiring spark plugs; leaks in the vacuum system; or a poor-fitting fuel cap.  Many of these components can be checked and repaired during routine tune-ups. Follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule.
• Have your oil changed regularly.
• Replace your fuel cap securely after filling up. On 1996 and newer model year vehicles, the “Check Engine” light may illuminate as a result of a loose fuel cap. If the “Check Engine” light is illuminated, try tightening the fuel cap until it clicks, then drive the vehicle until the light turns itself off. If it does not turn off, take your vehicle to a qualified repair technician.
• Keep the sealing surfaces of your fuel cap clean and in good condition.
• Keep your tires properly inflated.
• Check belts and hoses for wear.
• A transmission problem is directly related to the emission control system and can trigger the “Check Engine” light. A diagnostic analysis will
yield a transmission code that will help identify the transmission component(s) that need repair. Transmission malfunctions can prevent a vehicle from running efficiently, increasing emissions above federalcertification limits.
• Before seeking repairs, research any recalls, technical service bulletins (TSBs), and manufacturer warranties regarding your emission control system.
For additional information, please contact the GCAF Call Center at 800.449.2471.