INSPECTIONS & EMISSIONS
Some states require regular safety inspections and/or emissions inspections on cars and trucks. At A & B Automotive Inc., we are well-equipped and trained to perform these inspections. Our technicians can also perform multi-point inspections on your vehicles as needed.
These are some of the inspection services we offer.
NC State Certified Emissions Repair Facility
A state certified emissions repair facility is a privately owned motor vehicle repair facility, licensed to repair emission-related failures. The repair facility must employ a CERT (Certified Emissions Repair Technician) who has passed a state-required training program. A & B Automotive Inc. is a NC state certified emissions repair facility. Contact us at 704-821-8045 or visit us today for emission-related repairs and services.
NC State Certified Emissions Test Facility
Did you know that the Motor Vehicle Commission requires you to take your motor vehicle for an emissions inspection every year? This kind of testing is administered through a network of privately owned (but certified) auto repair shops. The auto repair shops carry their official Test Center number. A & B Automotive Inc. is a NC state certified emissions test facility. At our auto repair shop, we can perform emissions testing on all eligible vehicles regardless of fuel type or model year. Visit our shop or call us at 704-821-8045 to make an appointment.
NC State Inspection Station
NC state inspection stations are privately owned, but government certified, inspection stations throughout NC. A & B Automotive Inc. is a NC state inspection station. For your state inspection needs visit or call our auto shop at 704-821-8045.
Exhaust Questions and Answers
Q: What is a rough idle?A: A rough idle describes a vehicle's engine with spark plugs that are not firing correctly when the vehicle is in park, with no gas applied. Most vehicles idle between 600 and 1,200 RPM and should hold their idle speed consistently.
Q: Why is smoke coming out of my tailpipe?A: The most common reason for thick smoke coming out of your car's exhaust pipe is the fuel to air ratio in your engine is too rich. This means that the fuel injectors are either adding too much fuel or that the intake valves aren't letting enough air in. This is caused by a cracked or leaking fuel injector, a failing O2 sensor, or air filter that needs replacing.
Catalytic Converter Questions and Answers
Q: Can I drive with the catalytic converter light on?A: A bad catalytic converter can increase your car's exhaust emissions, but it does not prevent you from driving. At A & B Automotive Inc. we know this is true. A clogged catalytic converter will eventually affect the performance of your vehicle in Matthews, Indian Trail, Mint Hill and Pineville. Exhaust gases will not escape easily and create an increase in exhaust gas pressure. The buildup in pressure can lead to high-cost repair bills in the future.
Q: What can cause a catalytic converter light to come on?A: A catalytic converter helps reduce harmful engine emissions from entering the air by breaking down the harmful byproduct of internal combustion into less-harmful compounds. If your catalytic converter isn't working properly the check engine light will come on. The most common causes for a catalytic convert warning light to display are a clogged, cracked or melted converter. Sometimes the problem isn't the catalytic converter at all but an exhaust leak letting gases out of the system before it reaches the converter.
My husband and I are new to the Matthews area and found A&B while looking for a place to get our cars inspected. The people who work here are so kind and helpful, the prices are fair, and neither of us has ever had a bad experience. We take our cars here for everything, including a recent tire plug which they did for free. Don't hesitate to go here for honest, hard-working service and friendly staff!Amanda Goumas
5 STAR SERVICE!!!
I recently had my Odyssey's timing belt replaced at A & B garage, and I couldn't be happier with the service I received. From the moment I walked in, Rachel went above and beyond to ensure a smooth and pleasant experience. She even took the time to help me check the previous timing belt service guarantee, which was incredibly helpful. The entire team at the garage was professional, and the work on my car was done efficiently and with great attention to detail. I highly recommend this garage for their outstanding service and a special shout-out to Rachel for her exceptional customer care.
Frank Xie, 07/26/2023
My go to for getting my vehicles worked on. They are great and honest in their work.
Garron Deason, 06/01/2023