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Old 11-08-2011, 06:20 PM
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Whoever started this crap needs aboot up their @$$. Every year it cost $$$. Replace this - nope. Replace that-it worked. This year it's the egr valve - no, it's not but now it's replaced so check the DPFE sensor.
I swear living in the town i'm in with an out of date sticker is like walking through the ghetto at night flashing money around.

Ok. Vent over.
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I've never seen the testing done here. Is this new?

I have a '99 Hyundai that's out of inspection.
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I have never seen this and we run a fleet, oh looks like some pain coming for our small business.
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I keep my truck in good running order and it costs me $26 a year
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It's for Harris and the surrounding counties. I keep my truck in good running order as well but those pollution control items are a B#$%^ to track down and fix. Has nothing to do with safety or drivability. Some years ago the type of person ( a greenie weenie ) decided that carrying their own cloth bags to the grocery store just wasn't gay enough. They thought everyone should suffer for driving an automobile.
The local cops just love to protect us from people with expired stickers. Doesn't matter if you have a stack of test results and reciepts for parts - you're still paying the ticket / tickets !
They've got some kind of exemption - FOR PEOPLE UNDER THE POVERTY LEVEL!!
How could someone under the poverty level afford gas to drive around much less own a car and pay insurance?
At this rate I might end up there just from buying parts.

Well, I thought the rant was over. Maybe I should just run for office and do something about it. I'll be the ****ed off guy who's sick of all this $#%^.
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Y'all must be running much older vehicles. I took my Dodge down the other day and it's about 5000 miles overdue for an oil change and needs an air filter cleaning (K&N) -- $15 for the inspection and it passed.

Much cheaper than the $75 every 2 years I had to pay when I lived in Alaska, and they have much tighter restrictions on emissions. They didn't give a rip about 'safety' just emissions, unlike Texas.
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I live in Harris county and emissions testing sucks. My wife inherited property in Liberty county, we registered both our vehicles there because Liberty doesn't do emissions, just the old safety inspection.
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I'm in Bell County and my truck's only about 7 years old. I wasn't sore about the inspection, but the darn near $200 it cost me to register the dang thing in Texas! That $90 out of state fee sure hit me when I didn't need it to lol.
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Those smog inspections aint got as much to do with keeping the air clean as much as they do generating income for the state and the auto industry. Thats why I own a much older truck that hardly has a sensor or smog device and in 3 years will be smog exempt!!!
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It's for Harris and the surrounding counties. I keep my truck in good running order as well but those pollution control items are a B#$%^ to track down and fix. Has nothing to do with safety or drivability. Some years ago the type of person ( a greenie weenie ) decided that carrying their own cloth bags to the grocery store just wasn't gay enough. They thought everyone should suffer for driving an automobile.
The local cops just love to protect us from people with expired stickers. Doesn't matter if you have a stack of test results and reciepts for parts - you're still paying the ticket / tickets !
They've got some kind of exemption - FOR PEOPLE UNDER THE POVERTY LEVEL!!
How could someone under the poverty level afford gas to drive around much less own a car and pay insurance?
At this rate I might end up there just from buying parts.

Well, I thought the rant was over. Maybe I should just run for office and do something about it. I'll be the ****ed off guy who's sick of all this $#%^.
That's almost the way California started their smog tests a long time ago.
Now they have the most strict smog laws and expensive smog tests in the world after Japan.
Watch out Texans for the domino effect!
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We don't have emissions testing in this part of Florida, at least. Haven't for years.

I have a friend who once moved to California for a couple of years. He kept his old license and tag from Florida and didn't have to do any emissions testing. CA also wanted to charge him an impact fee of $2k for bringing a car into the state.

I imagine that someone who lives in Texas but moves to a state without emissions testing could probably come back to Texas and visit frequently without undergoing any kind of emissions nonsense. Furthermore, someone who had just moved out of state might also use a UPS store in said destination to receive mail from their new state. Most UPS stores forward mail.
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It's for Harris and the surrounding counties.
Can you go to another county for the inspection?

I'm still confused in that it is a state inspection, so how can a county override the state requirements?
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Can you go to another county for the inspection?

I'm still confused in that it is a state inspection, so how can a county override the state requirements?
Emissions testing is a state requirement in the most populated counties and most of the counties that border those counties. I believe it is around Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio. You are supposed to only be able to get inspected in your home county, but I hear of people going to other non-emissions counties and getting inspected.
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Back when I lived in Nashville, Tn, they had emissions testing. I brought a car that wouldn't pass. So, I had my father get a tag in Carter cty and didnt have to worry about it.
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Imagine.

If everyone just said... no.

That won't happen, but just imagine. lol

I currently have a car that sat in the previous owner's garage for 10 years. It wouldn't pass emissions testing at the time, so he said screw it, I'll park it. Since then, emissions testing was discontinued. Now, I have a 30 year old, low mileage two seater ragtop with less than 50,000 miles that I got for almost nothin'. Thanks to government silliness.
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Can you go to another county for the inspection?

I'm still confused in that it is a state inspection, so how can a county override the state requirements?
No it's state law for those counties, and it has to be the county you reside in if you live in a smog test county.

So if you are in Harris or one of the counties that touch it then you are screwed. You can get a sticker elsewhere but it won't be valid I tried doing that a couple of years ago and it cost me a lot more in fines than the smog test would have.

Walker doesn't do them, my inspection was like $14 again since I moved farther away from Houston.
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Imagine.

If everyone just said... no.

That won't happen, but just imagine. lol
To quite a few things actually. And yes, I can imagine!
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Emissions testing is a state requirement in the most populated counties and most of the counties that border those counties. I believe it is around Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio. You are supposed to only be able to get inspected in your home county, but I hear of people going to other non-emissions counties and getting inspected.
Not San Antonio yet... I think we got a pass for another year or 2. But, Austin, I think requires emissions testing.
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I am so glad i live where i live, no smog or inspection, just register and go.
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Virginia and Maryland have the same Emissions tests. Done every 2 years in VA and I'm not sure about Maryland. I do know that it has to be done everytime a title is exchanged in either state (($$$)).
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