Huntington Beach Smog Check Center

Huntington Beach Star Certified Smog Check Center

Expertec Automotive is a state-certified center for Smog Testing and Repair, authorized to conduct repairs under the CAP repair assistance program.

The California STAR Certified Smog Check Program aims to reduce vehicle-caused air pollution by ensuring compliance with the state’s emission standards.

A STAR Certified station meets the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) in California’s elevated performance criteria. These stations are equipped with sophisticated emissions testing tools, and their technicians receive specialized training for precise vehicle emissions evaluation.

The objective of the STAR program is to pinpoint vehicles with high emissions, assist owners in repairing or retiring these vehicles, and diminish air pollution. This initiative is vital for upholding California’s air quality standards and protecting public health.

The CAP Repair Assistance Program

The Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) Repair Assistance Program is an initiative in California designed to help low-income vehicle owners either repair or retire their vehicles if they do not pass smog checks.

The program, managed by the Bureau of Automotive Repair in California, requires vehicle owners to meet certain income eligibility criteria to receive assistance.

Assistance for repairs is available to cover costs necessary to make the vehicle comply with emissions standards. In instances where repairs are impractical or not cost-effective, CAP may provide incentives for vehicle owners to retire their vehicles and hand them over to approved dismantlers for eco-friendly disposal.

The CAP Repair Assistance Program plays a crucial role in fostering clean air and reducing vehicular emissions in California by aiding those who might otherwise face challenges in keeping their vehicles up to emissions standards.

What is a Smog Check?

All vehicles that are over 8 years old must undergo a Smog Check every other year. Moreover, if you are registering an out-of-state vehicle for the first time in California or selling a car over 4 years old, you must mandatorily get a check. The DMV will let you know whether a Smog Check is required or not in your registration renewal form.

The emissions test has been designed to assess the level of pollutants emitted by your vehicle, ensuring compliance with California’s 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

Smog Check Frequently Asked Questions

how much is the smog check?
At Expertec Automotive our smog checks are $64.95. Check out our special offers page to see if we are currently running any smog test discounts.

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

As a certified test and repair center, should your vehicle fail the test, we offer expert advice on the underlying reasons for the failure and perform the required repairs to meet emission standards. It is important to note that you cannot renew your vehicle registration until these repairs are completed.

Ensuring proper engine maintenance, routinely replacing worn parts, and adhering to a regular oil change schedule are vital for improving the chances of passing a smog test. Additionally, addressing any warning lights or diagnostic trouble codes before the test is imperative.

Failing to complete a required smog check will prevent you from renewing your vehicle’s registration. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires a smog check and the vehicle’s approval before a new registration is issued.

Driving a vehicle with an expired registration due to a missed smog check may lead to fines upon detection by law enforcement. Additionally, late compliance with the smog check requirements might result in extra fees for registration renewal.

Vehicles must pass a smog check before they can be sold or transferred to a new owner. If your vehicle fails the smog check, you may need to repair it before selling or transferring ownership.

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718 W. Lincoln Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92805

(714) 660-1055

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1934 Newport Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

(949) 645-7722