Tips to Qualify for RapidScreen

In Colorado, our RapidScreen program can get you out of a trip to the emissions testing facility and if you can qualify that means one less errand that you have to find time for in your busy schedule. There are a few things you can do to help your car pass the rapid screening and get logged. First and foremost, is to make sure that your car is running properly and is well maintained. You can bring your car into Bud’s Mufflers and we will make sure your cars catalytic converter is working properly and filtering out the pollutants that would otherwise go into the air. Getting regular maintenance on your car can save you money and get you out of a trip to the emissions testing center, so stop by Bud’s Mufflers today! 

Check out some other tips on qualifying for the RapidScreen test from Air Care Colorado. 

RapidScreen Tips to Qualify

RapidScreen is a program that allows only the cleanest-burning vehicles to qualify to skip a trip to an inspection station. In addition, there are a number of outside variables that may cause your vehicle to not qualify for RapidScreen. Here are a few tips for maximizing your chances of passing a RapidScreen emissions test.

  • Keep your vehicle properly and regularly maintained.
    We cannot stress this enough. Proper vehicle maintenance is good for your vehicle, our environment and your budget. Vehicles that are poorly maintained burn more gas, emit more pollution and wear out faster.
  • Be sure your vehicle is properly warmed to operating temperature before you’re tested. 
    “Cold” vehicles emit higher levels of pollution than those at operating temperature. In general, 10-15 minutes of drive time will ensure proper warm-up.
  • Make sure your rear license plate is clean and readable.
    In order to recognize your vehicle, RapidScreen’s testing equipment must be able to read your license plate. Dirty or damaged plates, trailer hitches, bike racks and other obstructions can make your plate unreadable—resulting in an invalid reading.
  • Accelerate moderately as you pass the testing van.
    Moderate acceleration helps to produce the most representative sample of your vehicle’s exhaust emissions. Therefore, deceleration or heavy acceleration may result in an invalid reading.
  • Drive by the testing vans on several occasions.
    Since there are several variables that may contribute to an invalid reading, and because your vehicle must record two clean readings to pass RapidScreen, it’s a good idea to drive by the testing vans several times in the months prior to your registration renewal.Read more…