No one enjoys smog checks. America is the land of the commuter, the home of the car; and anyone who lives in California, more specifically Stockton knows what a smog check is: something no one likes.
California law tells us we need to have our car’s emissions tested every so often—and really what isn’t there to like about helping the environment? Now what California law does not tell us about smog testing: it can take hours sometimes, it’s often over priced—and many times you will go to a shop trying to get a smog check and they’ll come with an invoice for thousands of dollars of work that “needs to be done.”
It’s really not hard to see why people don’t like getting smog tests done on their cars. Which is why you should be aware of the things you can do to make sure you pass smog, and it never takes too much work; a little preparation never killed anyone, and I’m sure the prevention is much easier to do than swallowing a multi-hundred dollar repair bill.
Checkups are always necessary. There are plenty of drivers out there on the freeway scared their call will break down mid-commute. It’s always a good time to face your fears and just take your vehicle in for minor repairs. And the truth is—mechanics know your car the best, and can always give you helpful tips to help you pass smog, when you do finally bring it to a smog check Stockton center.
Next—and very crucial in regards to passing smog, change your oil. A human body wouldn’t work very well with no water, a jet wouldn’t work very well without jet fuel—and a car will not work well without oil. Just think—if you don’t change your oil, you’ll end up spending thirty times the amount of money on a Liter of Oil than on a blown head gasket. And that’s something you definitely don’t want to deal with.
Now with that in mind—the next step is all about the money. Smog Checks cost money, like everything else in this world. Most of the times Smog Centers will attempt to draw you in with low advertised prices, and then charge you for labor, certificate, and just about anything they can throw in to confuse you. So what can you, the consumer, possibly do to save yourself?
Well two things. The first is look for online coupons. Websites such as Yelp, or various business websites often times have coupons for Smog Checks and Certificates. That should help to shave 10-20 dollars off the cost. Next, be sure to go to a Smog Check Only station as opposed to test/repair shop. This not only assures you get the most of your service, but you can be sure they won’t try to tack on repairs and costly modifications. So definitely shop around.