How Do I Know If I Need A Smog Test?

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Main Street Shell Service is proud to be your number one provider for State certified smog test in Santa Maria.
The California smog test program can be a confusing and intimidating program to navigate, especially if you are brand new to California.
The smog inspection program was put into place as a strong effort to reduce the amount of harmful emissions produced by the millions of cars and trucks on California roadways.  It’s no secret that emissions testing in California is among the strictest that you will ever encounter.
Under the normal biennial California smog test program, most vehicles are required to provide evidence of smog certification every other year (every other renewal period).  The California Department Of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will send out a registration renewal notice each year.  This notice will indicate whether or not a smog inspection is required in order to receive your new registration and year sticker.
There are a couple of other instances that require a vehicle to provide evidence of smog certification as well:
If you’re not a California resident and are trying to register your vehicle in California, you will be required to have a smog check performed on your car or truck.
If a vehicle is being transferred from one party to another and the vehicle is more than 4 model years old, that vehicle will be required to pass smog inspection.  
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A Handful Of Exemptions
According to the California DMV, there are a handful of motor vehicles that are exempt from the smog check program including:
  •  electric vehicles
  • vehicles powered by natural gas
  • hybrid vehicles
  • motorcycles
  • trailers
  • diesels 1997 and older or with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of more than 14,000 pounds
  • Vehicles that are 6 or less model years old
  • any vehicle that is model year 1975 or older.
Main Street Shell Service performs smog tests 6 days a week, Monday through Saturday.  If you have any questions about the California smog check program or need to schedule an appointment, give us a call at 347-0076.
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Main Street Shell Service is a State certified smog check station and full service auto repair shop in Santa Maria, CA. We are also a licensed California state brake and lamp inspection station.
1204 E Main St
Santa Maria, CA
Phone: 805-347-0076