Why STAR Smog Checks Are Important

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When it comes to preparing a car for registration, it’s easy to lump in smog checks with all the other steps. But you’d be wrong to think that a smog check isn’t more important than a trip to the DMV. Certain factors make this service a top priority.

Unchecked, a faulty catalytic converter can add to San Diego’s smog problem, an issue that’s taken years to regulate. On the necessity side of things, California state law has a particular set of rules for this process. Ultimately, your goal is to have your car legal and on the highway. If prepared, you can usher along this process and then put your focus elsewhere.

California State Law

Traffic and anti-pollution laws can be tricky. In this case, California requires a recent smog check for any vehicle attempting to pass inspection. Basically, a catalytic converter that isn’t original to the vehicle complicates registration matters.

Speedy Smog’s staff can check the status of your smog and determine if the converter installed is an original. Contact us today if you’re unsure where you stand. We can help you meet state standards.

Our San Diego STAR smog stations can issue a certificate of compliance to a vehicle passing a smog check whenever a motorist is referred by the DMV to a station for vehicle registration renewal. Our services are your best bet, regardless of which specific tests the DMV is asking for.

San Diego STAR Station

Where do you go to check your smog? If you are in the San Diego area, you can stop by our STAR Station for help. We can handle all of your smog and registration needs so you don’t run afoul of the law. Better still, you don’t have to wait in line for hours at the DMV to register or change the title on your vehicle. Allow Speedy Smog to get your paperwork all good to go.

Types of Vehicle Smog Checks

At the San Diego STAR Station, we see lots of different vehicles come through. One common question is, which cars and trucks can pass a smog check? Essentially, any vehicle that uses gas or diesel fuel is eligible. It doesn’t matter what you fill your rig up with; you can check your smog with Speedy Smog’s services.

Also, if your vehicle fails, we will re-test it again for free. A smog check is important to avoid any traffic fines, but also to keep you safe from future expenses. For instance, costs can accumulate if you skip on catalytic converter checks and then have to fix other issues on your vehicle. Coming up with the funds to do every fix at once can be difficult.

It’s important to have your vehicle smog checked before any repairs are made, too. For instance, if you make repairs before a smog test, an unqualified mechanic might bleed your wallet trying to find what’s wrong. Purposely or otherwise, it doesn’t matter because the end result is the same. Ultimately, such expenses can keep you from registering your vehicle in a timely manner.

Quicker than the DMV

No one wants to spend weeks or days making a car legal. You have other things to worry about. Dealing with a smog check is important if you want to finish the registration process up quickly. At the San Diego STAR Station, our experienced team will make sure you’re not waiting long for us to smog check your vehicle. Our personable and helpful staff is here to assist you with any steps that you’d normally have to do at the DMV. We can register your vehicle and meet the other demands of the state in the time that it’d take you to find your place in line at the DMV.

Selling Vehicles

We know the details to look for. For example, any aftermarket, non-OEM parts that were installed before the catalytic converter must have a California EO (executive order) sticker. This sticker ensures that a specific part has been approved for that particular year, make, and model. Without this sticker permanently attached somewhere on the vehicle, you will fail the visual portion of the test.

Basically, our staff wants you to be prepared, with no unwanted surprises in the process. Our technicians can help you register any vehicle that requires registration. Also, we can transfer titles from any vehicle once everything is squared away. Whatever the occasion is, we can offer you the services you need with professionalism.

Eco-Friendly and Legal

Speedy Smog wants your vehicle to be both legal and eco-friendly. A smog check is important for legal, financial, and eco-friendly reasons. Besides, with the high rate of traffic in California, it only makes sense to cut down on smog. By taking your car to our San Diego STAR station, you can drive guilt-free, legally, and safely.

Speedy Smog is a proven smog testing station. We’re proud to service anyone in La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Spring Valley or any other area within the San Diego metro area. We offer a low, locally-discounted price for our smog check services. Let us renew your registration, transfer your vehicle title, or help in any other way. In the end, we want to help you meet this important requirement. Contact us sooner rather than later.