You may be asking yourself, well, how do I know if I need a smog check? We got you covered on all of those answers.

You should call us for a smog check if…

  • Your vehicle seems to be producing an irregular amount of dark smoke from your tailpipe when you drive
  • Your vehicle is newer than 1975, you’ll be required to get a smog check when you register your vehicle each year with the state you live in
  • You plan on transferring the ownership of your car anytime soon, you’ll be required to get a smog check
  • It has been more than two years since you last got your vehicle smog checked, it’s probably time for another one
  • You can use your license plate or VIN number to check your vehicle’s smog history on the Bureau of Automotive Repair

How to prepare for your vehicle’s smog check:

  • Clear any “check engine” lights you might have on your dash
  • Drive at highway speeds for at least two weeks before your smog check (this allows the catalytic converter to burn off residual oil)
  • Change your oil if it is needed
  • Schedule a tune-up a few weeks before your smog check
  • Put some extra air in your tires (the engine will not have to work as hard to conduct revolutions during the test)
  • Double-check gasoline (use a fuel additive) and coolant levels
  • Opt for a “pre-inspection”
  • Don’t drive in the rain if possible

These are all essential tips to ensuring your vehicle will pass its smog check when the day comes. You will not be able to register your vehicle unless it passes its smog check, so following as many of these steps as possible is essential to being able to drive your car legally in the state of California. Once you’re all ready for your smog check, give us a call and we’ll be sure to take care of you and your vehicle!