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All Car Specialists is a AAA Approved and State licensed Star smog check inspection and repair station. This means that if you don't pass, we have the ability to repair your car to pass the inspection. Auto repair at All Car Specialists is your One-Stop Smog Check Shop.
Star Test is an enhanced version of the current vehicle-emissions inspection program. It is operating in the areas of the state with the dirtiest air.
History About the Previous Smog Check II
Smog Check II requires most 1974 and newer vehicles to be tested every other year (new vehicles are also exempted until their fifth year). Eighty-five percent of vehicles go to neighborhood smog check facilities for testing and repairs, while 15 percent must go to designated test-only centers.
These vehicles include
High-mileage fleet vehicles "Gross polluters" and other potential high-polluting vehicles Two-percent random sample of all covered vehicles
Smog Check II uses a new dynamometer test that more accurately measures emissions by duplicating some driving conditions. It measures three pollutants: oxides of nitrogen (NOx), carbon monoxide (CO) and hydrocarbons (HC). Vehicles will also be subject to an additional test to make sure the evaporative system is operating properly.
Emission standards are still based on those in effect in the vehicle's year of manufacture. New cars must still meet more stringent standards than old cars. State officials estimate that 30 percent of all vehicles tested will fail, due to the more accurate and representative test. Without a pre-test, 18 percent of all vehicles tested failed under the old program.
What happens if the car doesn't Pass?
To be registered, failing vehicles must be repaired to meet the standards applicable to the vehicle. They may also be stored or otherwise lawfully disposed of. Eventually motorists will be able to sell their failing vehicles to the state under the "buy-back" provisions of the program. A subsidy program to assist low-income owners of failing vehicles is being developed.
What is a gross polluter?
Vehicles that fail by a wide margin are considered "gross polluters." (10 percent of vehicles produce about half the auto-related emissions — or 12 percent of emissions from all sources.) A gross polluter can be any age or type of vehicle that has been tampered with, poorly maintained or in need of repair. It is illegal to drive or sell a gross polluting vehicle in California, and it cannot be registered with the DMV.
What is the Cost on Smog Repairs?
There is no cost limit on repairs to these vehicles. If they are repaired to below gross polluter threshold, they are eligible for a one-time waiver or "economic hardship extension." After the waiver period, the car must be brought in to compliance or disposed of in a proper manner. Gross-polluting vehicles are not subject to confiscation by the state.
The state will use roadside sensors to help in the identification of gross polluters. The equipment motorists are now seeing in Southern California is gathering information on locations and set up. When the plan is implemented, owners of vehicles identified as gross polluters by a roadside sensor will be mailed a notice and must have the car tested at a designated test-only station. If it passes, the owner will not need to take any further action. If the car fails, the procedures are the same as those described above, depending on how badly the vehicle fails. Failure to respond to the notice will result in fines.
Additional changes compared to the old smog check program:
Pre-1974 vehicles have been exempted from biennial smog checks as well as smog checks upon transfer of title. The 1966 to 1973 vehicles are still subject to smog checks if they are identified as "dirty" by a roadside sensor or audit.
Autos under five years old receive the same exemptions as pre-1974 cars.
Gross polluters must go to a designated station for a retest after repairs
Smog check test information is electronically transmitted by the technician directly to the state. Vehicle owners will no longer submit certificates to the DMV at vehicle registration time. Motorists should take their registration renewal form to the test site to assure the accuracy of the information transmitted.
Smog check technicians and mechanics are subject to improved training, testing and monitoring by the state.
Diesel Smog Checks
January 1, 2010 California passed a law that diesel trucks and cars that subjected them to smog checks. All Car Specialists in San Gabriel has the right equipment to check your diesel vehicle. All Car is a diesel specialists shop and can fix your diesel in order to get it running properly to pass. We have trained technicians that follow the same guidelines as normal smog checks in San Gabriel. The process of the smog check is about the same as gasoline vehicles. The smog test is a 3 part test that consists of a visual check, a OBD-II, and a visual smoke test all of which follow the smog check inspection procedures manual. Vehicles that are exempt from the diesel smog checks are vehicles that are over the maximum 14,000 gross vehicle weight rating. If you have questions regarding the test please call or bring your diesel into All Car Specialists in San Gabriel.
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The California Star Smog Check Program requires vehicles that were manufactured in 1976 or later to participate in the biennial (every two years) smog check program in participating counties. The program’s stated aim is to reduce air pollution from vehicles by ensuring that cars with excessive emissions are repaired in accordance with federal and state guidelines. With some exceptions, gas-powered vehicles that are six years old or newer are not required to participate; instead, these vehicles pay a smog abatement fee for the first 6 years in place of being required to pass a smog check.
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