California has been known for its no-nonsense approach to vehicle emissions. Because Los Angeles with its extreme traffic and unusual weather pattern (a driving sea breeze that is then “trapped” by mountains on three sides) was shrouded in smog, the state was the first in the U.S. to focus on the air pollution problem using auto regulations. By the time our country established nationwide emissions standards for new cars, California already had in place regulations stronger than the newly-passed federal mandate. Therefore, the state was allowed the option of continuing its own plan or following the federal standards. Since then, 16 more states have adopted the so-called CARB rules that mirror the Golden State’s expectations. As you approach your next vehicle inspection, it’s helpful to prepare your vehicle. For preventive maintenance, state inspection, and any unanticipated repairs to bring your auto into compliance, count on Encinitas Foreign & Domestic Auto Repair in Encinitas, California.
You want to keep your vehicle on the road, but what does it take to keep your auto “golden” in the Golden State? The smog/emissions rules apply to all automobiles year models 1976 or newer, regardless of whether they are powered by gasoline, diesel, methanol/ethanol products, natural gas, propane, or hybrid electric means. When a vehicle title is transferred, the auto must pass a smog inspection. Then it must meet the same requirement once every two years for the duration of the time it’s registered in California. For vehicles purchased in-state, the registration inspection isn’t required for some newer vehicles. The state determines exemption based on the year model and power method. If the car is brought in from out of state, however, it is not exempt from the transfer inspection unless it was manufactured before 1976. The only other exceptions are motorcycles, pre-1997 diesel (passenger vehicles), heavy diesel trucks (above 14,500 pounds gross vehicle weight), title transfer between certain immediate family members, or vehicles that had a recent smog certificate submission (within 90 days before transfer).
Perhaps the easiest way to increase your car’s chances of passing the smog/emissions inspection is to perform preventive maintenance services that keep the vehicle in great shape. As a bonus, your vehicle will perform better and you will save money by heading off larger more expensive repairs in the future. Once you need an inspection, we can help you with that, too. Should you discover a needed repair, we’ll assist you with bringing your auto into compliance, making Encinitas Foreign & Domestic Auto Repair in Encinitas, California, your go-to shop for emissions testing.