The Smog Check Program has greatly reduced air pollution created by millions of cars in California. According to the California Air Resources Board, the program removes about 400 tons of smog-forming pollutants from California’s air every day. With no surprise, the California Smog Check Test is known to be among the toughest smog tests in the U.S. Although greatly reducing pollution created from cars, the California Smog Check Program did not meet its expectations. Studies have shown that the program managed to only reduce the two main polluting emissions by only 12.3% and 9.8%.
What is California Smog Check?
How do I qualify for CAP?
CAP offers two options for consumers whose vehicles fail their biennial Smog Check.
What should I know about the Consumer Assistance Program (CAP)?
You may qualify for up to $500 in financial assistance to repair your car if it requires a Smog Check at a Test-Only station and failed that test. The Bureau of Automotive Repair Retirement Program is now offering $1000.00 for eligible motorists to voluntarily retire their high-polluting vehicles. If you don’t think it’s worth repairing the Bureau of Automotive Repair may buy your car!
How can I find my vehicle’s smog check history?
Please refer to California Bureau of Automotive Repair website where you can enter license plate or vehicle identification number (VIN) to check the history.
What do I do if my vehicle fails Smog Check?
First and foremost we’ll help explain to you why you failed and some suggestions as to what to do next. You will also need to get your vehicle repaired so it can pass its Smog Check retest in order to complete your registration.
How can I learn if I need smog check and what are the pre and post procedures?
Please check California Bureau of Automotive Repair website for step by step procedures.
How can I help my vehicle pass Smog Check?
Proper and regular maintenance according to your Owner’s Manual, and not tampering with the emissions control equipment are keys to passing Smog Check and lowering emissions from your vehicle. Also a good 15 minute drive helps to ensure a proper warm-up of all emission related components which helps out in the emissions part of the smog check.
How much does a test only smog check cost? Does a test only center charge more?
Smog test only stations are not allowed to profit or perform any auto repairs, whether smog check related or not. In the past smog test only centers typically charged more for their smog inspection in order to cover their expenses. In today’s market however, with competition being so great, and the fact that there are plenty of test only directed vehicles to go around, the cost of the test only smog check has been dramatically reduced.
What is the difference between a regular smog station and a STAR smog station?
STAR smog stations will be able to issue a certificate of compliance to a vehicle passing a smog check when a motorist is referred by the DMV to such a station for vehicle registration renewal. A non “star” station may not issue a certificate to the motorist’s vehicle. They may however, test and issue certificates to vehicles not directed by the DMV to a “STAR” smog check station.
What is a STAR smog check?
If you received the DMV registration renewal paper saying “SMOG Certification Required at a STAR station”, you are at the right place. Premier Star Smog is a Star Certified Smog Check Station. STAR Smog Station means, DMV has chosen your car to be inspected at a smog station which is monitored closely by the BAR (Bureau of Automotive Repair) and must conform to high standards established by the Bureau of Automotive Repairs.
Do I really need a Smog Check?
Not all vehicles must get a Smog Check. Smog Check need depends on the type of vehicle, the model-year, and the area in which the vehicle is registered. Additionally, some vehicles only need a Smog Check when they are being sold or being registered in California after previously being registered in another state.
Why Choose our Smog Station?
Fast Smog Check:
We perform smog tests within 15 minutes or less. You are in and out of our smog station quickly.
We sweeten the deal with special Smog Check Coupons to lower your costs even more. Call us today to set up an appointment, or come right in for walk in service. Either way, we will honor our coupons and get you on your way in 15 minutes or less!
Reliable Smog Testing:
We have the latest equipment for smog testing! Our smog checks are completely reliable. Our well-maintained smog equipment never produces false readings that would cause you to get work done unnecessarily!
We Smog Test all Vehicle:
We have the equipment and the know-how to perform your smog test. We test all types of vehicles, cars, trucks, vans, SUV’s, motor homes, limousines and commercial vehicles.
Honest and Reliable Service:
Our management, staff and smog technicians are the most honest in the business. If your vehicle fails, we will tell you exactly why it failed. If it passes, we will give you the good news immediately!