Tips on Passing Car Smog Test

If you live in California, you know the importance of passing your biennial smog test. After all, if your car fails to pass the test at your San Jose smog check station, it won’t be able to be registered through the California DMV. If your vehicle has an expired registration, it is illegal to operate. You could risk it and drive anyway, but that may cause you to get pulled over and suffer the additional consequences that this may entail.

Many Californians even check a car’s smog test history before purchasing a used car.

Since you know how important it is to pass the smog test, what can you do to make sure that this happens? Here are some tips that will help you keep your car on the road.

1. Know when you are due for a smog test.

According to California’s Bureau of Automotive Repair, gas-powered vehicles and hybrid vehicles that are model year 1976 and newer require a smog, with the following exceptions:
Eight model-years and newer do not need a biennial inspection.
Four model-years and newer do not need a change-of-ownership inspection.
This means that if you drive a vehicle that is six years old, you will be required to have a smog test two years from now.
You probably know what month your car registration comes due. Pay attention to the year of your vehicle, so you know whether you will have to pass a smog test the next time you register your car or not. This will allow you to be prepared and possibly spread out some of the repair expenses over several months.

2. Perform routine maintenance.

One of the best ways to make sure your car is ready for a smog inspection is to complete the maintenance that your car’s manufacturer recommends. This routine maintenance includes changing the oil, but it does not end with that. You also may need to change filters and replace hoses and belts periodically.

The more knowledge you have on such things, the better. While we would love to think that all car service shop owners can be trusted, some technicians may recommend services that may or may not be needed.

Look at the maintenance schedule in the owner’s manual or on the manufacturer’s website to see if what the service tech recommends is needed or not.

3. Don’t ignore the check engine light.

Before you search for a “smog check near me,” make sure your car’s check engine light is not illuminated. Otherwise, you could be wasting your time and money by preemptively paying for a smog check. (It’s worth noting that if you go to San Jose Smog Check, you can have your 1997 and newer vehicle retested within 30 days if it fails the test.)

Take care of small repairs quickly before they turn into much more significant issues.

When you feel that your car is ready to pass the smog test, bring it to San Jose Smog Check. Not only do we offer a cheap smog check, but we provide fast service as well.