Deleted emissions systems are trouble for the reseller

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I was talking to Ron Lynds, used truck sales manager for Nova Truck Sales in Truro, Nova Scotia. I’ve never met the man, but I can tell that he’s a real character after a few minutes on the phone. Ron wholesales a lot of trucks, most of them go to wholesalers in Toronto, but a quarter of them get sold in Truro and end up tramping around the province and maybe Maine, New Brunswick and Quebec, hauling fish, lumber and containers.

We were talking about trade-in values when the subject of emissions deletions came up. “If you’re going to take in a used truck make sure you plug it in,” he told me. “I got stuck with a Peterbilt a few months back–we didn’t realize it and everything had been deleted.”

Lynds is appalled how widespread the tampering is and went into a bit of a rant. “They’re up to 2016 right now,” he said. “One thing I don’t understand is that when I sell a truck, I’ve got to make sure it’s working. You talk to the government about this and they don’t seem to know anything about it. I won’t take in a deleted truck.

“It costs from $12,000-15,000 to get the emissions systems working again. Dealers won’t take in these trucks and people will be stuck with them. I think people are going to go out of business if the government doesn’t do something, and they don’t seem to care.”

Lynds ended our discussion by suggesting this would be a good issue for Truck News to tackle. I mentioned that TN ran a series of pieces on the subject back in 2103. It didn’t seem to have much affect, except that the story still draws comments online. A couple or years ago, I guess, someone from the Ontario Ministry of Environment contacted me and asked me a few questions. He seemed to be up on the practice. Anyway that was the last I heard from any official, and like Lynds says, the practice is bigger than ever.




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Harry Rudolfs has worked as a dishwasher, apprentice mechanic, editor, trucker, foreign correspondent and taxi driver. He's written hundreds of articles for North American and European journals and newspapers, including features for the Ottawa Citizen, Toronto Life and CBC radio.

With over 30 years experience in the trucking industry he's hauled cars, steel, lumber, chemicals, auto parts and general freight as well as B-trains. He holds an honours BA in creative writing and humanities, summa cum laude.

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  • Hey Harry
    Do you by chance have any updates on your article from 2013:
    SPECIAL REPORT: Can I get a DPF Delete?
    I’m an HET instructor at a college and have a lot of students asking me for my opinions on deletes. I’m aware that tampering with emissions equipment is a federal offense that is provincially (and therefore seldom) enforced. And that dealerships cannot legally sell a modified vehicle. However, some of these guys are seeing their peers making really good money performing deletes, which leaves me wondering if, with our current government being obsessed with environment and climate change, how long before they set up a task force to enforce emission compliance? Nobody seems to know. Thanks!