My car has been diagnosed as being "not ready" to do emissions testing. I understand that if a car FAILS emissions testing, there is a limit to how much you need to spend to get the car to pass the test. However, I have to take the car into a Mazda dealership in order to determine WHY my car is not ready. I already had my local service guy do an extensive check, at no charge, to try to figure out why it's not ready. I have apparently met all the driving requirements (and then some!) for the computer to be ready. But the bottom line is that the manufacturer is the only one who can help me determine what the problem is and how to get the car ready. For that, I've made an appointment at a local dealership, and just to figure out what the problem is will cost me $99. If any repairs are required (just to get the car READY), they will be an additional cost.
So my questions is: Just like there is a limit to how much you have to spend in order to PASS the emissions test, is there a limit to how much you have to spend to get the car READY to take the test in the first place?
And can any money I spend on getting the car READY be applied to my case if the car then FAILS?
What would be the best way to deal with the dealership on this?
I live in Washington state, Clark County.