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Leaf exempt from emission checks in North Carolina

Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:33 pm

We have had our 2011 Leaf for just over a year. North Carolina requires most cars to have both a safety inspection and an emission check. I took our Leaf into a local Nissan dealership to have the required inspections done so the car can be registered. The service advisor told me that the leaf needed both the safety inspection AND emission check, no emission exception for the Nissan Leaf. They charged me $30 dollars for both. However, when I reviewed the paperwork when I got home I found that it was a safety only inspection and they overcharged by $16.40. I pointed out the error and they refunded the over charge. So if you live in North Carolina verify the the amount being charged for the inspection is correct.

The following URL mentions the exemption from emission testing for Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEV):" onclick=";return false;

I have also verified with the NC DMV this is correct.


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Re: Leaf exempt from emission checks in North Carolina

Tue Nov 20, 2012 1:05 am

Lordy, just one more example of dealer service folks either not knowing how to service an EV, or delibertly padding the service to wring out the absolute last dollar. In most cases, I think it is the latter. Remember about a year ago the dealer that wanted to change the LEAF gear case oil at some rediculous cost?

I have been using an honest no BS independent shop for our ICE service, and they will get the LEAF for any necessary work that does not require an EV specialist.

BTW Will, welcome to the forum.
All electric - red LEAF, green Tesla S. No ICE.

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Re: Leaf exempt from emission checks in North Carolina

Tue Nov 20, 2012 6:06 am

Thanks for posting this. We live in NC and will keep this in mind.

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