Question: What’s The Difference Between A Star Smog Check And Test Only??

STAR stations are Smog Check stations that meet higher performance standards established by the Bureau of Automotive Repair.

Some STAR stations are licensed to perform only tests, while others are licensed to perform both tests and repairs.

The station is required to post a sign on the services it performs.

What is checked in CA smog test?

Specific Test Order: The State of California requires smog stations to test vehicles in the specific order listed above. The first inspection (emissions inspection) is performed by the exhaust gas analyzer “smog machine”.

What counties in California do not require smog checks?

There are also counties in California that only require smog inspections within certain designated zip codes for vehicle owners living in the following six counties:

  • Sonoma.
  • San Bernardino.
  • El Dorado.
  • San Diego.
  • Placer.
  • Riverside.

How much does it cost to get a car to pass smog?

If the vehicle doesn’t pass the emissions test, repairs can cost $100-$3,500 or more, depending on what is needed.

Do Stars need smog?

Most vehicles in California are required to pass a Smog Check every two years for registration renewal. Your DMV Registration Renewal Notice will indicate if your vehicle needs a Smog Check. You may take your vehicle to any Smog Check station, unless it requires a Smog Check at a STAR station.

Why do stars smog check?

All this means is that the DMV has chosen your vehicle to be inspected at a STAR certified smog station which is monitored closely by the BAR and must conform to high standards established by the Bureau of Automotive Repairs. Some STAR stations are only authorized to perform smog inspections.

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