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Why Isn't My Car Passing Smog Testing?

In our great state of California, vehicle owners are required to have smog testing performed on all standard gas vehicles every two years with the exception of owners of vehicles eight or less model years old. If you own a vehicle that is less than eight model years old, you will pay an annual smog abatement fee for the first eight registration years instead of being required to provide a biennial smog certification. If your vehicle is due for registration renewal and a smog test, it will be indicated on your registration renewal notice. A smog test is essential a test to determine whether or not your vehicle meets state standards for emissions. We want to ensure that our vehicles are not emitted excessive amounts of pollutants to protect our environment.  If you do need a smog test in bay area ca, you can count on Quality Tune-Up Auto Care. If you happen to fail your smog test, there are a number of reasons why this can happen. A failed smog test can stem from an issue within t ... read more

Car Safety Tips for Traveling with Pets

Many of us consider our pets like family, and if you're someone who likes to bring along your furry family members where ever you go, remembering the following car safety tips for traveling with pets can come in handy. You want your pet to have a good time but also want them to stay safe in a vehicle.  Here are some of our car safety tips for traveling with pets:  If you've never brought your pet into the car before, try to start with smaller rides. This will get them more accustomed to the feeling of being in a moving vehicle and you can see how they react to the experience. If it is positive, you can plan on bringing them along more often.  Never leave a pet in a hot car unattended. The inside of your car can literally double in temperature in comparison to the outside and can kill quickly. We recommend never leaving your pet in a car under any circumstance or weather condition, just in case.  Keeping your pet secure can help with an anxious pet or a s ... read more

Stay Safe During the Holidays

The holidays are always a special time of year when most of us will be spending time with friends and family. However, the holidays are also peak times when it comes to crime and theft which can take away the holiday magic and leave you stressed during the season.  In order to combat holiday theft and crime, it is important to always be aware of your surroundings and to take measures which can help protect you and your family both on the road and at home.  Here are some of our top holiday safety tips to combat seasonal crime and theft:  Always lock your home doors and windows while at home or when you leave. If you are leaving your home for an extended period of time, ask a neighbor or friend to watch over your home for you and be sure not to leave any valuables in the view of outsiders. Also, try not to spread the word that your house will be empty.  Ensure that your vehicle is ready for any type of drive or travel this season by having it inspected by the exper ... read more

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