I’m not sure if every single state in the US requires smog checks as a requirement for vehicle registration. California certainly does and is the most strict out of all the states. If you have a car that is 3 years or newer then you don’t need to get smog checks but have to pay a smog abatement fee. It’s automatically tacked onto your vehicle registration fee. Once your car gets a bit older you need to get a smog check every year or two and so on. So far I’ve had a few smog checks already. Around $50 each stacked on top of the vehicle registration fee it’s not something I look forward to. It does serve a much needed purpose though to keep pollution levels low by making car owners keep their vehicles well maintained.
The purpose of a smog check is to see if the emissions coming from your vehicle meet the standard set by the state. If your car passes then great! If not then well…it’s time for some possibly costly repairs and then back to the smog testing station again. It’s definitely helped keep our pollution levels lower and the city much less smoggy. Smog check stations are pretty common and the signs for them can be seen everywhere. Smog checks are great for business!
I don’t like having to get my car checked each year but its great motivation to keep my car in good shape. Of course added to the fact that I want my car to last as long as possible too! It’s troublesome having to get an extra test every now and then but it definitely makes the air I breathe a lot sweeter.
Do you have to get smog checks for your car? Think it helps or is it just more money to pay someone?