How much is a Diagnostic supposed to cost? on 2000 Toyota Solara

I passed my safety inspection here in VA but not the emissions, due to "engine light" being on (it has been for months now) The station wants to charge me $98 for a diagnostic (labor) which I think takes about 10 seconds to plug in the machine. Maybe not I don't know. They said they have "the code" indicating the problem but need to run diagnostics. Then of course whatever the problems is will be extra, I understand that. I forget what the diagnostic code is but I can find out if that will help. Thanks, you guys are so helpful!!!! Gail

by in Falls Church, VA on November 12, 2012
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ANSWER by on November 12, 2012
The 'code typically points to the system affected. many codes can have any number of causes , some very simple , others well....not so simple.That $98.00 may save you hundreds in bad guesses and wrong or unnecessary parts. Northern va. emissions program has what they call a 'waiver amount' of $755.00 IF you bring your vehicle to a 'certified emissions repair facility' with your papers from the 'failed' test , they should be able and WILLING to explain the process. If applicable repair attempts are made AND documented (on the DEQ form you were given) , when the dollar amount hits at least 755 and it still does not pass , you may be issued a 'waiver'by the DMV. AGAIN I STRESS proper documentation by a 'CERTIFIED EMISSIONS REPAIR FACILITY' IS A MUST. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY TELL YOU . deq WEBSITE FOR No. Va. IS 'AIRCHECK VIRGINIA', GOOGLE THAT AND THE FIRST ONE UP ON THE LIST SHOULD GET YOU THE SITE. IT HAS CONSUMER INFO AND FAQs.
COMMENT by on November 12, 2012
Wow that's a lot of good info........I will check the website and see what they say there. I guess technically I don't have to worry about it til it's time to renew my tags, but I need to find out what the legal stuff is about, like you said. Nobody explained anything about waivers or gave me a time period, other than I had to come back to them in a few days to get the work done or I would have to pay for the inspection all over again. Thanks for your help I really do appreciate it Gail
COMMENT by on November 12, 2012
As an emissions inspector myself, I'm embarrased by some of the others lack of interest in advising the customers of there choices. For a lot of them it's just easy money and that's all. I hope things work out for you , and I hope the 'fix' is a lot less than the 'waiver' amount!

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