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Safety & Emission Testing

Toyota Safety & Emission Testing

What is Safety & Emissions Testing?

Emissions testing requirements for automobiles were first instituted in 1966 in California as a means of curtailing the growing problem of air pollution- particularly in Los Angeles County. The purpose of an emissions test is to measure the number of pollutants emitted from the engine of your vehicle during normal operation. Safety testing is a general inspection of your vehicle to ensure that it has the structural integrity to travel reasonably safely at highway speeds. Safety & Emissions Testing is a standardized test used by the department of transportation to declare licensed vehicles safe to operate on public roads. Today, emissions and safety tests are done in 32 states.

Why should I have it done?

Safety & Emissions Testing is done for the safety of you as the driver, your passengers, as well that of others on the road around you. Not only is it necessary to have an up to date Safety & Emissions Testing certificate to operate your vehicle on public roads safely - but it is also part of a social contract wherein we all agree to hold ourselves responsible for not exposing each other to an avoidable danger on public roads.

What happens if I don't do it now?

Safety & Emissions Testing is not just an important part of ensuring that your vehicle is roadworthy and legal. It is also a useful way to ensure that any significant maintenance problems are not present. Different types of inspection standards are applied to vehicles of different makes and models to avoid making older vehicles obsolete before their time. But of course, those who avoid this important service do run the risk of violating the law and may face penalties for driving without a safety certified vehicle. You will not be able to obtain updated registration tags without passing inspection.

Why should I have the work done at Rolling Hills Toyota in St. Joseph, MO?

Here at, Rolling Hills Toyota in St. Joseph, Savannah, Dearborn, and Cameron our DOT certified mechanics ensure that - where possible - your vehicle will meet the standard to receive certification. Our goal is to keep you on the road, safely, reliably, and legally. Enjoy our exclusive dealership amenities while your vehicle is being serviced. Call, click, or stop by today to learn more and schedule an appointment.

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