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Yesterday I was given a five day warning to register the car. If it was just a matter of paying the fee it wouldn't be a problem, but only five days to repair the car so it passes emissions, test it and register it?
Wasn't sure what the problem was, but had an idea. Fortunate to have a son who chose auto mechanics for a career and had a spare vehicle for me to drive while he worked on it.
Repairing cars is often a guessing game. You start by replacing the least expensive thing it could be, and if that doesn't fix it you replace something else. I was very fortunate that the one part he thought it was did fix the problem. It cost a couple hundred, but he saved me several hundred in labor.
If my work hours hadn't changed Monday I never would have had enough time to pick up my repaired car, stop at the bank then back to my son's to pay him, pick up the renewal form at home then to emissions before they closed at 5:30.
Mine was the last car tested today and it passed! Noticed while waiting that Envirotest can also help with renewals, license stickers, etc., but by now it's after 5:30 and the office must be closed, no?
Fortunately my car's tester let the office know I was on the way because after parking the car I was delayed by questions from someone trying to jump start a car.
Was very relieved that everything worked out today. Happy we had the money, a son who came to our rescue, the correct part, making it to station before close, passed emissions and, finally, registering it right there same day.
Being able to register the car right at the emission station was a huge convenience. Something I never never gave thought to or realized until I needed it. It saved me from trying to get to the DMV with their selective hours before my five days expired. (I could've also renewed online, but was trying to avoid that.)
Come July 1st we will no longer have the option of renewing registrations at emission stations. All nine test stations in the state will close putting 62 people out of work.