Q: What is a “test only” smog?
A: Due to the growing number of unnecessary repairs sold by regular smog repair stations, the state of California has directed drivers to test only stations. At these “test only” stations, technicians cannot offer any diagnostics or repairs so you are guaranteed that the correct test was done and your results are honest.
Q: Why is my car directed to a test only?
A: 15% of all vehicles are randomly selected by the state to have them tested at a place they know will do an honest test.
Q: What should I do if my renewal says “smog certificate required”, where should I go?
A: This means you need to have your vehicle inspected by a certified smog station. Test only or regular smog station.
Q: What should I do if my renewal/DMV registration says ”smog inspection/certification required at a test only center?
A: This means you may only be certified by a Test Only facility and cannot be certified at a regular smog repair shop.
Q: What should I do if my vehicle fails the smog inspection?
A: Our station will provide you with information about free government repair programs (C.A.P.) and a list of certified smog repair stations in your area.
Q: What is the C.A.P. program?
A: The C.A.P. (consumer assistance program) is available to consumers that fail their biennial smog inspection, if approved, you will receive financial help for emission related repairs. They will cover up to 500 dollars for emission repairs.
Q: How can I qualify for the C.A.P. program?
A: To receive financial help on emission related repairs you must:
*Be directed to a test only smog station, as indicated on your vehicle renewal notice. Test Only directed vehicles are guaranteed to be qualified.
*Meet certain household income requirements.
Q: What is the low pressure evaporative leak down test for all 95 and older vehicles?
A: The evaporative pressure test is required by the state of California.
Using nitrogen gas, we pressurize the gas tank with our evaporative test equipment to insure that there are no gasoline vapors escaping into the atmosphere, saving you gas money.
Q: When did the fuel evaporative testing start?
A: December, 2007 is when this test was made mandatory for all vehicles excluding motor homes and vehicles with dual tanks.
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