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Smog Testing: What to Do If Your Vehicle Doesn’t Pass the Test?

If you you are a California resident and you own an older model car or truck, then you likely receive a notification for a smog check every other year. Your vehicle must pass the test before you can receive your new registration. What do you do? First, look for a smog station near you. Be sure that you get your car inspected at a Star Certified, California Licensed, smog check inspection and repair center. Some smog stations only perform testing, which means you still have to go to a mechanic to have any repairs made. Others, like Star stations, including AutoAid, can help you from testing through inspection and repair. While you wait for your automobile, you wonder what will you do if your vehicle does not pass the test? Will you be fined? Is there a way to avoid it altogether? Smog Test Before we answer your questions, let us go through what California's smog test encompasses. The test is made up of three parts: Emissions, Visual and Functional, each looking at ... read more

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