California State Licensed Smog Check

Huntington Beach Star Certified Smog Check Center

Expertec Automotive is a state certified Smog center for Testing and Repair. We are also authorized by the state to carry out repairs under the CAP repair assistance program.

What is a Star Certified Station?

The Star program is a state-initiated program which monitors the performance of Smog testing stations and sets standards for stations and inspectors. Certified stations meet higher performance standards. Your DMV notice will state whether your vehicle must be tested at a certified station.

What is the CAP?

The CAP repair assistance program helps low income individuals ensure their car remains in compliance with California emissions standards. The state provides recipients of this program $500 for emissions related repairs to their vehicle, to see if you qualify for assistance please visit the Consumer Assistance Program – Bureau of Automotive Repairs website.

The Smog Check

Every vehicle over 8 years old requires a smog check every other year, a check is also required if you sell a car over 4 years old or are registering an out of state car in California for the first time. The DMV will indicate on your registration renewal form whether a Smog Check is required or not.

The test is designed to measure the amount of pollutants that your car is producing to make sure that it falls within California’s emissions standards. The test itself will consist of;

  • A Visual inspection of the exhaust system
  • A functional inspection of the Check Engine Light, Ignition System, Exhaust Gas Recirculation System, Fuel Evaporation System and the Gas Cap
  • A Functional Inspection of the Diagnostic Systems
  • Tailpipe Emissions Test

Frequently Asked Questions

How Much is the Smog Check?

At Expertec Automotive our smog checks are $39.95.

How Long is the Smog Check?

The test usually takes 20 – 30 minutes, we recommend booking an appointment to avoid any additional wait time.

What happens if my vehicle fails the Smog Check?

As a certified test and repair center if your vehicle fails the test, we will be able to advise you on the issues causing the failure and carry out any repairs needed to enable your car to pass. You will not be able to renew your registration until your car meets the emission standards.

Schedule Your Smog Check at Expertec Automotive

As a Star Certified Smog Check center and a AAA approved auto shop you can rest assured that your smog check will be carried out quickly and efficiently at Expertec Automotive. Call us today at (714) 848-9222 to schedule an appointment.

National Warranty

The Independent Service Center warrants the repairs and services performed to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for 36 months, or 36,000 miles of use, whichever comes first. Odometer reading and date of original repair will be used to determine eligibility. Independent Service Centers may stock different brands of merchandise by location. Each participating outlet has the right to replace a covered part with a like part of equal value. After 36 months or 36,000 miles, participating Service Centers will honor the manufacturer’s written warranty on parts replacement (labor excluded) and the manufacturer’s written policy will govern product replacement. The original invoice must be presented for the claim and must clearly bear the Protection Plus logo. You MUST keep a copy of the original receipt for the warranty to be valid.