STAR Smog Check Test Rancho Cordova

STAR Smog Check Test Rancho Cordova:


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Although California has made major improvements in air quality over the last 20 years, the State continues to work to make sure we meet federal health-based standards for ozone pollution. The STAR Program is a core component of that effort. The Program sets performance standards for Smog Check stations and inspectors. Those stations are certified by the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR). Some STAR stations are allowed to perform only tests and cannot make repairs needed for a vehicle to pass the test. Others, like Superior Automotive, are licensed to perform both smog tests and repairs. We are also permitted to work on vehicles that are in the Consumer Assistance Program (CAP).

If your vehicle has emissions levels that exceed allowable state standards or will most likely fail its next Smog Check, you may be required to take it to a STAR-certified station for inspection.

How much does the inspection/test cost?

As is the case with almost all smog stations, we are an independently owned and operated business. The owner of a smog test center or test and repair stations are allowed to set the amount they will charge consumers for their services. We price our services to be highly competitive. The State also requires an $8.25 State Certificate fee.

Which vehicles have to undergo a STAR smog check?

  • Gross polluters (cars that have failed a previous smog inspection because of very high emission readings)
  • High Emitter Profile vehicles. These are vehicle types designated by the Bureau of Automotive Repair as having a likely chance of failing the smog inspection.
  • A random sample of all vehicles registered in California and being driven on public roadways.

Back in January of 2013, the Bureau of Automotive Repair implemented a significant change to the Smog Check Program. The STAR Program is the result of state legislation (AB 2289, Statutes of 2010) and several years of planning in an effort to improve the Smog Check Program. One of the AB 2289 reforms establishes performance standards for Smog Check stations and inspectors. BAR certifies stations that meet program eligibility requirements.