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Old 07-03-2006, 04:08 AM   #1
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So I heard that Aircare is going to start exempting cars that are under 7 years old, but it takes effect next Jan 2007. Unfortunately, my insurance runs out Aug 2006 and my car is an 2002 so it is the first year it needs aircare under the old rules (4 years exemption).

Does anyone know if I can just buy three months insurance without actually testing my car? I read on the Aircare FAQ's that cars that fail their first test can buy insurance for an additional three months prior to passing the subsequent test. But what if I don't get my car tested at all?

Just hoping to save my car from getting manhandled by the geniuses at Aircare.
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Old 07-03-2006, 10:47 AM   #2
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nope, you have to be tested and failed before you can get 3 month insurance
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Old 07-03-2006, 01:54 PM   #3
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Not sure if they closed the loop hole or not. You use to be able to cancel your insurance just before it expired and then go back the next day and renew it. Since the Aircare was still valid you could renew your insurance for a full year thus getting a 'free' year of Aircare.
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Old 07-03-2006, 02:46 PM   #4
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Crap, it just seems stupid I have to get aircare just for several months until the new changes takes effect.
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Old 07-04-2006, 01:40 PM   #5
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Pfft, count yourself lucky. To drive my mustang this summer (which has been off the road the last few months), I had to get it tested four!! times (turns out it was a damn O2 sensor). That's $100 and change. There's no way around it, it's just one of those "pay-to-play" things.
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Old 07-04-2006, 03:43 PM   #6
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Hmm... is that 7 years old meaning an 04 car will never need it again? or just 7 years atm and in 7 years or so, my car will need to do aircare again?
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Old 07-04-2006, 03:46 PM   #7
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Its seven years from the current year, meaning 04's need testing in 2011.
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Old 07-04-2006, 03:48 PM   #8
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Envirotest Canada has signed a new five-year contract with AirCare to provide testing services until December 31, 2011, at which time the AirCare program is expected to wind up.

My car is an '05 which means it will be exempt until 2012 which means it might NEVER need to go through Aircare.
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Old 07-05-2006, 03:10 AM   #9
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Its seven years from the current year, meaning 04's need testing in 2011.

hmm... maybe I can run catless for 7 years
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Old 07-05-2006, 03:51 AM   #10
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Not sure if they closed the loop hole or not. You use to be able to cancel your insurance just before it expired and then go back the next day and renew it. Since the Aircare was still valid you could renew your insurance for a full year thus getting a 'free' year of Aircare.
This trick still works, just have to find a insurance broker that could do both at the same time

I did this last year for my old car. Cancelled the insurance and buy a new one right there The broker didn't care at all. The only down side to this is that you have to return your old plates and get a new pair.
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Old 07-05-2006, 05:36 AM   #11
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The only down side to this is that you have to return your old plates and get a new pair.
Doesn't that alone cost ~$40? There goes all your aircare savings and then some.
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Old 07-05-2006, 10:53 AM   #12
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Doesn't that alone cost ~$40? There goes all your aircare savings and then some.
Isn't $40 worth it to save the hassle of swapping downpipe and exhaust back to stock?
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Old 07-05-2006, 11:12 AM   #13
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you can renew the insurance 3 weeks to a month before the Aircare expires,tell the insurance people you will be out of town,I've done it before,it helps if you know your broker well,check with them,they think Aircare is a scam just like the rest of us,not sure about yours since this is your first Aircare
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Old 07-05-2006, 01:46 PM   #14
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Isn't $40 worth it to save the hassle of swapping downpipe and exhaust back to stock?
But that $40 only buys you one more year, and you'll have to swap it down the road anyway.

Well, I guess it depends what kind of exhaust you have. Last time I did it in an hour on a Wednesday night, then swapped back in an hour on the following Saturday, but I just have to swap my shorty downpipe back and forth.
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Old 07-05-2006, 01:47 PM   #15
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Well, I guess it depends what kind of exhaust you have. Last time I did it in an hour on a Wednesday night, then swapped back in an hour on the following Saturday, but I just have to swap my shorty downpipe back and forth.

You gotta show me how to do these things sometime
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Old 07-05-2006, 01:48 PM   #16
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You gotta show me how to do these things sometime
If you're serious, just let me know when you want to get together. I live ~10 mins from Coquitlam Centre. Will work for beer.
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Old 07-05-2006, 01:59 PM   #17
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If you're serious, just let me know when you want to get together. I live ~10 mins from Coquitlam Centre. Will work for beer.

Hmm.... after my midterm paper possibly...

I dunno what to do with my car atm though

will need to save up to get some mods first hehe
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