Arizona is pretty screwed up. There are no
safety inspections - something I think we can all agree is needed, at least to some extent (some of the vehicles around here are pretty scary:eek: ) - but those living in selected areas must pass emissions testing.:(
For those living or working in Pima county (Tucson area), a yearly emissions test is required for all vehicles 1967 and newer. 1981(?) and newer vehicles must pass an "idle" and "cruise" test, while 1980 and older are only required to pass the idle test. A "visual" inspection is also done to ensure all the original emissions cra...uh, equipment
is intact. They also break - oops, I mean check your gas cap to make sure it seals properly (they screwed mine up...bunch of incompetent :censored:).:fmad:
For those in Maricopa county (Phoenix/Mesa/Scottsdale/etc), the testing is different. From what I understand, they undergo a dyno test that "simulates" normal driving. Because the test is so involved, it is required every two years. I'm pretty sure they do the visual and gas cap checks there as well.
The rest of the state is exempt from emissions testing. We used to be able to get around the testing by having a PO box in an exempt county, but a physical address is now required.:(