What Does a STAR Station Mean?

The state of California requires many of its motorists and their vehicles to undergo a smog test to become registered vehicles on the road. While you can find various smog centers at every corner, you should pick Star CertifiedSmog Check Test Centers or Star Test and Repair Centers like Carlsbad Auto Service.


Why Get a Smog Check at a Star Station

The difference between a Star Center smog check and a regular smog test is that STAR stations have been approved by the California State Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) with particular distinctions. The following is more information regarding smog stations:

  • Standard smog test stations can carry out the test and certify your vehicle if it passes. On the other hand, smog repair stations can only do the necessary repairs to help your car pass the emissions test.
  • STAR stations can be a test only or both test and repair shops. However, STAR stations are licensed smog check stations that meet higher performance standards to ensure the accuracy of the test. One requirement for STAR Smog Check Stations is to display a signal that indicates whether a facility is a test-and-repair or test-only. Carlsbad Auto Service, Inc. is proud to test and repair vehicles for those in Carlsbad, CA, and surrounding areas.

The primary purpose of the STAR smog check program is to protect the environment and improve air quality. Each year, millions of cars, SUVs, and trucks are tested in California to ensure they meet specific health standards.


Regardless of how old or new your vehicle is, it's best to get tested by a STAR station to ensure the highest accuracy. If you have concerns about your car not passing the test, you have the option to bring it into our shop for a pre-test inspection. This screening can provide you with helpful information on whether you need any repairs and maintenance to pass the test safely.


If your vehicle requires a smog check from a STAR station, look no further than Carlsbad Auto Service!

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