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SMOG DEPOT IS A STAR CERTIFIED TEST & REPAIR STATION
STAR Certified Smog Check Stations provide a higher level of smog check and repair services. Smog Depot is a STAR Smog Test & Repair Station which means we are licensed by the State of California to test and perform emissions-related repairs. We have state-of-the-art equipment and we can usually complete your smog inspection in 20 minutes or less!
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WE CAN TEST ANY VEHICLE
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Q- What vehicles need a smog inspection?
A- Any gas powered vehicle made in 1976 or newer needs a bi-annual smog inspection in California. Vehicles under 6 years old are generally exempted if owned by the original purchaser.
Q- My check-engine light is on and I need a smog inspection. What should I do?
A- Be sure to inform our Service Writer of any dashboard lights that are on. In most cases that would be an automatic failure. We can “pull codes” out of your car’s computer and see where the problem lies.
Q- I just bought a car and the seller didn’t furnish me with a smog certificate. What should I do?
A- In California, the seller (private party or dealer) MUST furnish you with a smog certificate. If they didn’t give you one, they can:
- Give you all your money back and take back the car.
- Pay you to have it smog tested. (If it fails, that’s their problem.)
- Have it smog tested themselves. You can mention Vehicle Code section 24007 (b)(2) if needed.
Q- How long is a smog inspection good for?
A- 2 years unless you’re selling the car, then it’s 90 days.
Q- I’m selling my car. Do I have to get it smog inspected?
A- Unless you’re selling or trading it to a dealer or auction house you have to have a smog inspection done within the last 90 days.
Q- I just moved here from another state. Will my vehicle pass the California Smog Inspection?
A- As long as it has all of the originally installed emission equipment and can pass the emissions part of the test (if required) it should be fine.
Q- What is a Fuel Evap Test?
A- The Evaporative Emission test is a separate test required for model years 1976-1995. It is in addition to the regular smog test.
Q- My vehicle failed the smog check because the “Check Engine” light was illuminated. Why didn’t the smog technician inform me that I would fail the inspection BEFORE doing the test?
A- Emissions (Tail Pipe) InspectionThe State of California requires smog technicians to perform the smog test in the following order:
- Visual Inspection – Inspect for presence of Emissions Components
- Functional Inspection – Inspect Check Engine Light, Ignition Timing, EGR valve operation, Gas Cap pressure test)
It doesn’t seem right for a smog technician to smog test a vehicle which he/she knows will fail the test due to the Check Engine light being on, but the law does require shops to perform the test this way in order to gather accurate data about the condition of vehicles currently being driven in California. This information is used for studies and up-to-date surveys. Unfortunately, we are REQUIRED to test vehicles as they arrive to the test site or we could lose our license.