E-testing and selling a used car

12 Nov

Our laws and reglations regarding selling a used car are becoming absurd. A safety test of course is a good idea before  changing ownership, I’ve had that done. As of January 2013 no cars are elegible to challange an E-test if any sensing lights are illuminated. So now I’m faced with killer expensive repair costs to chase down, and possibly eliminate computer and sensor issues. My 1997 Subaru Legacy has always passed even though the “check engine” light has been permanently on for a few years. So technically even cars in good condition that would pass, can’t be tested and therefore can’t be sold. Good used cars are pulling up to be scrapped. A bad deal for the environment when energy and materials are factored in to the real cost of new cars. The E-testing program that was intended to help protect our environment from pollution, caused by poorly maintained cars is now resulting in scrapping some good cars.

I took some pictures of my car last week. Does this look like scrap?  ( Note: As of November 20th I just learned that the computer E-tests are my 1997 car has challenged and successfully passed the tailpipe E-test and I now have the required paperwork to sell it. )

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3 Responses to “E-testing and selling a used car”

  1. Roy Holloway November 12, 2013 at 7:30 pm #

    Gord- Who is your mechanic? He can over ride the sensing lights long enough for you to go through the emission test. Perhaps not Kosher but neither are the regulations. Roy

  2. bikermissus November 12, 2013 at 8:00 pm #

    Wow…I’ve never heard of E-testing, sounds incredibly ridiculous. The dash in my Olds has been lit up like a Christmas tree for years, and she runs like a top. Is there a way for you to dismantle the dash and remove the bulb from the offending sensor light?

    If all else fails, drive the car to Newfoundland and sell it here…we don’t have E-testing, and a “mainland car” in great condition (as yours definitely looks to be) is a quick sell…shame to send it to the crusher!

    • windtogo November 12, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

      Wow, neat idea. I’m always up for another trip tip Newfoundland.

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