SUNNYVALE – If you drive a newer car, there’s a chance it’s a partial zero emissions vehicle (PZEV). PZEVs have zero evaporative emissions from their fuel systems, and they also come with a 15-year/150,000-mile warranty on their emission-control components. In some cases, PZEV owners aren’t aware of this designation, so if you’re unsure, check your owner’s manual or look under the hood for an official sticker.
The most important detail PZEV owners need to be aware of is the warranty on emission-control components. Since the PZEV rating is still very new, a lot of auto repair shops aren’t aware of it or its unique warranty terms. For this reason, if you aren’t careful, you could wind up paying for repairs that should’ve been covered under warranty. So, before taking your PZEV in for repairs, make sure the shop’s staff is familiar with the designation and warranty.