Before you register your out-of-state vehicle in California, or before you can register your car for the next calendar year—you will need to come in for a quick smog test. The test itself takes about 10 minutes. If you don’t pass, or just barely pass, we will suggest the required exhaust service or automotive repair to get you up to code.
As a general rule of thumb, vehicles that are 6 years or younger can pay a smog abatement fee to skip their smog check. Otherwise, you must provide proof of a passed smog test every 2 years. There are a few exceptions to this rule:
- Non-resident vehicles do not have to be tested, such as college students who brought their out-of-state car with. However, you will have to maintain your state’s emissions laws.
- Diesel-vehicles that way less than 14,00 pounds—and are model year 1998 or newer.
- Kit vehicles or specially constructed vehicles model year 1976 or newer.
- Vehicles model year 1975 or older.
- Natural gas vehicles that weigh less than 14,000 pounds.
- Electric cars
- Motorcycles and mopeds
Does My Hybrid Car Need Emissions Testing?
As of April 2015, hybrid vehicles in the State of California are subject to the same smog check standards as detailed above. While hybrids are designed to be low-emissions vehicles, just like any vehicles, wear and tear can lead to a higher release of toxic emissions. Come in to get your hybrid tested to ensure it not only passes, but passes with the low-emission standards it is designed to achieve.
The Aztek Auto Repair Difference
Smog and emissions testing is just one of the many services we provide at Aztek, but we are here for all of your automotive service needs. We are a family business, whose ASE Certified technicians diagnose, inspect, and repair your vehicles as if it were their own. We stand by our work with a 3 year/36,000-miles warranty.
We provide everything from scheduled Oil Changes, Tune-Ups, Engine, Transmission Repair, Brake Replacement, AC Service & Repair, Tire Maintenance—and more! If you drive professionally, don’t forget to ask about our custom maintenance packages, and our fleet maintenance services.
Come in today for your walk-in smog check in Fremont, CA—or any other ongoing car maintenance or repair!Schedule Service
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