Smog Check Obtaining a California Smog Certificate — Volkswagen California

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Smog Check: Obtaining a Smog Certificate

Why Do We Need Checks?

The federal Clean Air Act in 1970 and amended in 1990) air pollution and air quality standards. than 50 percent of air pollution is by motor vehicles. Yet only 10 to 15 of cars are responsible for that 50

Some areas of California the federally mandated air pollution California’s Smog Check concentrates on nonattainment areas of the that is, areas where air is above federal guidelines. include the most populated of the state: Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento.

What Happens a Smog Check?

Motor are inspected and, if needed, is performed to bring them compliance. This is where the I and M (inspection and maintenance) comes

Vehicles are tested on an Emissions System (EIS). The system the chemicals in a vehicle’s tail emissions under various such as at different speeds and different loads. The most auto pollutants are carbon (CO), nitrous oxide and hydrocarbons (HCs). If the test any of these chemicals to be outside and state guidelines, the vehicle the smog check.

To verify that nothing has removed or modified in the emission system and that everything is in working order, various visual inspections and functional are performed. If the vehicle does not the visual or functional part of the check, the vehicle fails.

Who a Smog Check?

All gas-powered and automobiles and trucks (but not must be inspected every two unless:

The vehicle is six years old or

The vehicle is a 1975 model or

The vehicle is federally certified and three years old with than 7,500 miles

All and alternative-fuel automobiles and trucks not motorcycles) also must be when there is a change of unless:

The vehicle is four years old or

The vehicle is a 1975 model or


Ownership is being transferred a family or business partnership

Are My Choices if My Vehicle Fails?

If vehicle fails and you were to a Test Only Smog station, you have several (The need to visit a Only station is indicated by a on your DMV registration form.)

You may the vehicle repaired at any Smog Test and Repair station at expense, but the vehicle must be and pass at either a Test station or Gold Shield Check Test and Repair .

You may have the vehicle repaired and into compliance at your own at a licensed Gold Shield Check Test and Repair regardless of the total cost of

You may have the vehicle repaired at a Shield Smog Check and Repair station with from the Consumer Assistance (CAP). CAP provides up to $500 of diagnostics and repair with a $100 deductible or a $20 economic deductible.

You may donate the vehicle for up to a tax credit from the State of

If you have invested a minimum of in diagnostics and repair (either or through CAP), you can choose to pay the money needed to bring the into compliance or take the to a State of California Referee You may receive up to a two-year exemption if the finds no evidence of tampering the vehicle emission system.

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Not Directed to Test Only

If your car fails a smog and you were not initially directed to a Only Smog Check you have a different set of options.

If the fails as a gross polluter or it was tampered with (such are referred to as tampered), there is no limit to repair the vehicle.

You may have the vehicle repaired and into compliance at your own at a licensed Gold Shield Check Test and Repair regardless of cost.

You can attempt to the vehicle yourself (with no limit) and have a Test or Gold Shield Smog station run a re-certification smog

You may donate the vehicle for up to a $1,000 tax from the State of California.

You can for an economic hardship waiver, but is no guarantee of approval of the waiver (as is with Test Only Check stationdirected vehicles and

If the vehicle fails, but not as a gross or tampered, you have a couple of

You may choose to repair the vehicle up to a cost limit. If the vehicle does not pass the smog you may elect to spend the additional or you can take the vehicle to a State of Referee Center. Here, you may a waiver for up to two years, at which the vehicle must be made smog check-compliant or surrendered to the for up to a $1,000 tax credit.

If you repair the vehicle yourself, it can be at any licensed smog check but these repairs do not count the cost limit. Only Smog Check Technicians at Smog Check Test and or Gold Shield Test and Smog Check stations can do repairs.

Parts Availability Waiver

In any of the above failure if the parts needed to bring the into compliance are not available, you may for a referee-approved parts availability Take the vehicle to a referee and verify through documentation the needed parts to repair the are not available. You can then receive up to a waiver on repairing the vehicle, and the will be smog certified the allotted time period.

Daniel Dillon has twenty-two of experience as a licensed Smog in California. He helped write questions for the California Smog Exam and has performed Consumer Program and gold shield work for the state. He was also an for SnapOn Tool Corporation.

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