What does it mean when it says smog test only?

What does it mean when it says smog test only?

When a smog station is “test only”, it means this shop will only test your car to see if it passes smog, and is not authorized or equipped to repair your car in the event it fails the test. If your car does pass the test, the station will send the results directly to the DMV and you can go on your merry way.

What’s the difference between a star smog check and test only?

A “test only” station means just that – it can only perform the tests, and not conduct any repairs. A STAR smog station is a participant in the Bureau of Automotive Repair’s STAR program and is a more strenuous testing station.

What is a visual smog test?

During the visual inspection portion of the smog check inspection, the technician visually checks the vehicle to make sure that all of the emissions components are present and properly connected. The visual portion of the smog check inspection will include a “visible smoke test” as well.

How do I know if my car needs a star smog?

If you do not have DMV paperwork and are not sure of the type of smog check your car, truck, van, SUV, or motorhome needs please call the California DMV at (800)777-0133 to inquire. Older vehicles typically need STAR smog checks, where newer models are allowed to obtain a smog test at any smog station.

Are all California smog stations Star certified?

A STAR Test & Repair station is the only type of smog check center which can inspect, repair and certify any and all vehicles. These stations are participants of the State’s Consumer Assistance Program and are inspected by the State of California monthly.

Does California do visual inspection?

Let’s learn about the visual inspection. During the visual portion of the smog inspection, the smog technician or mechanic will be looking for the presence and proper connection of several State of California required, emissions components. The visual portion of the smog test will include a Visible Smoke Test as well.

What fails a Smog Check?

The evaporated emission control system or EVAP keeps your gasoline vapors in the tank. If there is a problem with this system, or with the purge valves, vacuum hoses, or vents, you will fail the smog check. A loose gas cap can also cause you to fail the smog check.