Before 2019, Vermont vehicles that failed the emissions portion of an inspection could get a conditional pass. This allowed extra time to pay for the necessary repairs. However, conditional passes are no longer allowed in Vermont.
If your vehicle fails state inspection because of emissions, start by checking your vehicle’s emission warranty to see if your repairs are covered. If not, talk to our team of experts about your options for a time extension waiver, which could give you an additional 12 months to make repairs. These waivers are available if all other parts of your vehicle passed inspection, you haven’t had a waiver in the past 12 months, and your repairs will cost more than $200.
The extension only applies to emissions control components. All vehicle safety defects must be repaired in order to receive a pass sticker.
Common reasons for failed Vermont state inspections include:
If you know you need new tires or have minor issues with burned out lights, get them fixed to avoid any problems.
During the test, your vehicle’s onboard diagnostic computer, also called the OBD, is connected to a computer that communicates directly with the state’s system. This takes the subjective nature out of inspections. However, your OBD must contain enough information to evaluate.
If you’ve recently gotten a new car battery or your car’s OBD was disconnected for any reason, you will need to run your car through one or more drive cycles (operating your vehicle and A/C under various conditions) before an emissions inspection can be successfully performed. Consult one of Speedi Automotive's expert technicians for more information on this essential preparation.