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Your Car and the Environment

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Your Car and the Environment

Car ExhaustMost people are aware of the things that cause pollution. Most people have heard terms like “carbon footprint” and “Environmental Protection Agency.” And most people know that the car they drive every day results in air pollution.

The EPA says that individual cars are not large polluters, but the millions of cars on the road every day add up to the single greatest polluter. That makes commuting a typical citizen’s most polluting daily activity.

The culprits

There are four main types of pollutants in automobile exhaust:

  • Hydrocarbons – These result in ground-level ozone, one of the major components of smog
  • Nitrogen Oxides – Precursors to the formation of ozone and contributors to acid rain
  • Carbon Monoxide – Reduces flow of oxygen in the human bloodstream (which means, it’s dangerous)
  • Carbon Dioxide – A “greenhouse gas” that traps the earth’s heat

The EPA has taken steps to reduce emissions and protect the environment, starting with the Clean Air Act of 1970. As emission standards tightened, auto makers responded with emission control systems, and eventually, hybrid and electric cars.

In many states, the DMV requires car emissions tests. These inspections make sure vehicles meet state emission and safety standards. In some states, the inspection must take place at the DMV, while some states authorize other locations to conduct the test. Nebraska does not require emissions tests, according to the DMV, but it does inspect other aspects of vehicles, such as the odometer and the vehicle identification number (VIN).

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Coronavirus Update:As We are Open as an Essential Business (Auto Repair & Service)

We understand the current outbreak is worrying, and we want to take a moment to share the ways we can all help keep the workplace safe, as well as the steps we are taking as an organization.

Great Plains Auto Body has heightened cleaning and all front lobbies are removed all non-essential items. We are wiping down handles, chair handles, doorknobs, etc. to maintain the sanitary of our lobbies.

We are following the guidelines from the CDC in terms of sterilization and cleanliness on our lobbies at all our locations. If you have any questions about the extra measures we are taking at this time, please feel free to give us a call and we can speak with you about your concerns and work to a solution to best facilitate the repair process for all parties.

Thank you for your understanding and your support of our local business!

Wishing everybody safety and good health.