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Quality Tune Up Car Care CenterSmog Inspection

Smog Check FAQ's:

What do I need to bring with me?

Please bring your DMV renewal form.

How much does a CA Smog Check cost at Quality Tune Up Car Care Center?

CA Smog Check cost is $39.95 plus $8.25 CA certificate fee for 2000 & newer vehicles with coupon. We can’t put a one size fits all price on the smog check because every shop is different, plus 1999 and older and heavy duty vehicles are different across the board. The 2000 & newer smog checks are not $39.99 unless they have the coupon and we always have to put “plus $8.25 certificate fee” in every price quote according to the BAR for either smog check.

How long does it take for a CA Smog Check?

Depending on wait times, the test itself takes 15 minutes for model years 2000, while 1999 and older could take 45 minutes to an hour.

Do I need to make an appointment?

We do not take appointments for Smog Checks; this service is first come first serve.

What if my vehicle doesn't pass the inspection?

Quality Tune Up Car Care Center is certified to perform all smog check repairs and maintenance it requires to pass a Smog Check.

Do I need to pay for a vehicle diagnostic if my vehicle doesn't pass the inspection?

Yes, if you would like us to perform the necessary repairs. We need to pinpoint the exact cause of the failure to properly repair it. Any reputable repair facility will also require a vehicle diagnostic before repairing your vehicle for a failed smog check whether or not the vehicle was tested at their facility.

Do you perform Smog Checks on older vehicles?

If your vehicle is 1999 or older, there is an extra charge.

What vehicles require an bi-annual Smog Check?

Gasoline powered, hybrid and alternative-fuel vehicles that are model year 1976 and newer require bi-annual Smog Checks.

How often is a CA Smog Check required?

CA Smog Checks are required bi-annual, every other year and are required to register your vehicle. You will receive a notice from the DMV when your Smog Check is required for registration.

I just purchased this vehicle but it passed a Smog Check recently. Do I need to perform another Smog Check?

Yes, you are required to pass a Smog Check if there is a change in ownership of a vehicle that is older than.

Why am I required to pass a Smog Check at a STAR station?

The STAR Program improves the quality of Smog Check Inspections and helps the state meet required emission standards. Vehicles with a higher likelihood of failure require a Smog Check at STAR stations.

In California, all registered vehicle owners are required to have a smog check performed on their vehicle every other year in order to renew and uphold valid registration. At Quality Tune Up Car Care Center, we are the trusted choice for smog checks in the South Bay. Our ASE certified technicians are trained experts and we are a STAR certified smog center. We don’t require an appointment at our shop - just stop by for speedy service!

When your vehicle is due for a smog check, bring your vehicle into one of our convenient locations in Fremont, Milpitas, or San Jose. We can perform the smog test on your vehicle. In most cases, cars will pass the smog test. However, in some cases, a car may fail. Our shop is also authorized by the State of California to make repairs to help your vehicle eventually pass the smog test.

Smog tests determine the amounts and types of pollutants coming out of your vehicle’s tailpipe. The test involves connecting a hose to the vehicle tailpipe and then analyzing the exhaust fumes by a computer. These results are then compared against limits set by the State Air Resources Board to ensure that they meet requirements. If they don’t, then your car will not pass the test.

There are a variety of reasons a vehicle may not pass inspection. It takes a trained expert to determine the cause of a failed test. Some reasons include worn out parts, not having fresh oil and filters, malfunctioning injectors, or a faulty oxygen sensor. The best way to ensure your vehicle always passes a smog test is with proper maintenance and service every year.

California smog checks are currently required for all vehicles except for:

  • Diesel powered vehicles 1997 and older
  • Gross Vehicle Weight of more than 14,000 lbs
  • Electric, natural gas-powered cars over 14,000 lbs
  • Motorcycles or trailers
  • Gasoline powered vehicles 1975 and older

Quality Tune Up Car Care Center is the top choice for auto repair and maintenance in Silicon Valley since 1976, with multiple convenient locations in Fremont, Milpitas, and San Jose. Our mechanics are ASE certified and we have over 6 decades of experience in the industry. Our repairs come with a 12 month or 12,000-mile warranty. Our goal is to continue to provide great quality repairs and service with continuous education and acquiring the latest tools and technology throughout the years.

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