Smog Inspection Station
We are a STAR Certified Smog Check Test & Repair Station. That means we are authorized by the State of California to do regular smog inspections and test only smog checks along with emission test failure repairs. As a STAR Test & Repair Station we are the only type of smog check center which can inspect, repair and certify ANY and ALL vehicles and are participants of the State’s Consumer Assistance Program. The State of California uses the following three strategies to determine whether a vehicle is STAR station designated or not:
- Gross polluters (vehicles which have failed a previous smog inspection with very high emission readings)
- High Emitter Profile vehicles. These are vehicle types designated by the Bureau of Automotive Repair as having high chances of failing the smog inspection.
- A random sample of all vehicles registered in California and being driven on public roadways.
Below are some commonly asked questions:
- How long is a Smog Check certificate valid?
An electronic certificate of compliance is issued and stored at DMV when a vehicle passes a Smog Check inspection. The certificate is valid for 90 days.
- How can I help my vehicle pass a Smog Check inspection?
Performing regular and proper vehicle maintenance according to your owner’s manual and not tampering with the emissions control equipment are keys to passing Smog Check. If the “Check Engine” light comes on, take your vehicle to a licensed repair station as soon as you can to have the problem diagnosed. Consult your owner’s manual for repairs that may be covered under your emissions warranty
- What happens if my vehicle fails a Smog Check Inspection?
In order to complete your registration, you will need to obtain the repairs necessary for the vehicle to pass a Smog Check retest. Before beginning repairs, you may want to find out if you are eligible for the Consumer Assistance Program.
- What is a Gross Polluter?
A Gross Polluter is a vehicle with excess hydrocarbon, carbon monoxide or oxides of nitrogen emissions as established by DCA and ARB. Gross Polluters can only be certified at a STAR station which will confirm the vehicle was repaired and brought into compliance with required emissions standards. BAR identifies these vehicles to encourage their immediate repair.