Drive Clean Test no charge (conditions apply)
Drive Clean, Ontario’s mandatory vehicle emissions inspection program, plays an important role in keeping our air clean. Poor air quality is a public health concern, particularly for children, the elderly and people who have respiratory challenges. What’s good for your car is good for everyone’s lungs.
Ontario’s new Drive Clean test is faster, more accurate and better at protecting our air. Our on-board diagnostic “OBD” test works on most light-duty vehicles in Ontario from the 1998 model year or newer. These vehicles have an on-board computer that monitors the engine and emissions system during everyday driving conditions.
The new test reads the emissions information in your vehicle’s computer. It can detect problems that often lead to poor performance, high emissions or poor fuel economy.
Drive Clean Diagnostic Fee from only $90.00
Why didn’t my vehicle pass the test?
Your vehicle didn’t pass the Drive Clean test because:
- It’s exceeding emissions standards, or
- It isn’t ready for the test — the information in the vehicle’s built-in computer is not readable and the test can’t be completed.
Being an Accredited Drive Clean facility, we will explain the test results and identify necessary repairs. Feel free to ask questions about the test report or repairs.
What if my car failed because it exceeded emissions standards?
You need to have your vehicle’s emissions problem diagnosed and repaired before you can pass a re-test or renew your licence plate sticker.
What if my vehicle was “not ready” for the test?
A “not ready” result mean the test couldn’t access or read enough information in your vehicle’s computer. Why? The information may have been erased if your vehicle was recently repairs or the battery was disconnected ore drained.
The get your vehicle ready, it will need to be driven under various conditions to allow the vehicle’s computer to fully check the emissions systems — this is known as a drive cycle. A day or two of normal city and highway driving will usually do it. You can find the vehicle specific drive cycle for your car on the vehicle manufacturer’s website or it may be in the owner’s manual.
A vehicle is “not ready” when it doesn’t have the information needed for the test. Once your get your vehicle ready with the information needed, you vehicle still needs to pass the re-test by meeting emission standards.