The Smog Stop
6414 University Ave, San Diego, Ca 92115
Mon-Sat: 07:00 - 17:00

Star Certified Smog Station

Star Certified Smog Check
The Smog Stop, Star Certified Smog Check Station

You just received your notice to renew your vehicle registration and the DMV notice states you need a smog inspection. The notice could say you are required to get a smog inspection at a “Star Station” or “Test Only Station”. The State of California in 2013 adopted major policy change to the smog inspection program. For many years there were two types of smog inspection station. A smog check station, which could perform smog checks and smog repairs and the other was a Smog Test Only station. Actually, Test Only stations still exist but they do not matter anymore because the State of California changed how they refer cars to inspection stations. The smog check program mandates that a portion of cars be “Directed” and those cars were directed to “Test Only Smog Check Stations“. The law changed in 2012 and now vehicles that are directed, are directed to a Star Certified Smog Check Station.

Why Is My Vehicle Being Directed To A Test Only or Star Station For Smog Check

California law mandates that certain vehicles be inspected at a Star Certified Smog Check Inspection Station because they meet performance standards that are more stringent than stations who are not Star Certified. These vehicles are called directed vehicle and the definition of a directed vehicle is outlined below:

A “Directed vehicle” is a vehicle required by the State of California to have its Smog Inspection performed at a smog station meeting certain performance standards. These standards were enacted and are titled under the  STAR Program. Stations meeting specific standards are certified by theDepartment of Consumer Affairs Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) and are authorized to inspect directed vehicles.

How does the state of California determine which vehicles are directed?

The State of California mandates that a certain percentage of the vehicles registered with the California DMV undergo smog testing at Star Certified Stations. Additionally, vehicles with high emitter profiles fall in to the directed vehicle status, as well. These are vehicles which fail smog inspection or on the lower end of passing the smog check. The last category of vehicles that must undergo a smog check at a Star Station is the gross polluter. These vehicles are ones that failed the smog check and the pollution that is emitted from the tail pipe exceed normal smog check failure standards.

Locate a Star Smog Check Station Nearby

If you are one of the luck motorist who is selected to have your vehicle be smog tested at a Star Certified or Test Only station, then you must first locate one of these inspection facilities. You can click on the Star Station Locator and search for a star station nearest you. Remember, just as with anything in life smog check stations are not created equal. We have customers call us all the time and say ” I don’t know why I did not come to The Smog Stop first”. This is because the smog check facility they chose did not take the time with the customer to inform them of the process and they ultimately failed smog check inspection. The Smog Stop’s technicians were all a consumer at one point or another and had to obtain smog inspections just like everyone else. We understand and we want you to pass the inspection. When you stop by our facility for a emissions check, you will notice we ask a lot of questions pertaining to your vehicle. This is because we want to inform you, so we can reject the car before we inspect it. Why would we do this? Because we don’t want to smog a vehicle that is not going to pass and charge you money. This is what sets The Smog Stop apart from our competition.

Smog Free Retest

The Smog Stop does not offer a free retest. Why not? Because The Smog Stop performs smog inspections for $32.75 which is about half the price of the competition. We also inform you in the beginning if we feel your vehicle may fail smog inspection. Putting both of those concepts together equal a high pass rate, which we feel that offering a free retest in unnecessary

FREE RETEST FOR A SMOG CHECK IS OFTEN A SCAM ANYWAYSMOST STATIONS GIVE 14 DAYS OR STATE THE REPAIRS MUST BE PERFORMED AT A LICENSED SMOG CHECK REPAIR FACILITY IN ORDER TO OBTAIN YOUR FREE RETEST.  THEY DO NOT WANT TO OFFER THE RETEST, TRUST THE SMOG STOP! WE ARE IN THE INDUSTRY.