Do you know the difference between a regular smog station and a STAR smog station is? In California, smog test centers are divided into three separate categories; test only, repair only and test and repair centers. The STAR qualification is given to the top performing smog check station.
A STAR smog check station is one that has excelled among the rest in the state of California and has shown that they perform the tests diligently and more thoroughly. The state certifies and grades these shops by how well they perform the smog tests as directed by the Bureau of Automotive Repair’s inspection manual. The STAR stations must maintain the high grades every quarter in order to keep their STAR status.
There are many different STAR stations available to you when it comes time to have your car tested. The major differences are in what each station can and can’t test for you. Some of the STAR test stations are only allowed to perform smog inspections while others can perform the inspections as well as any necessary repairs that your car might need to pass the inspection.
- If a STAR station is a “Test Only” center then it can perform the necessary smog test on your car and that is all. If your car fails the test and needs repairs, they cannot complete them for you. If there are any repairs needed for your car to be able to pass the test, it will have to be taken to a repair facility.
- If the STAR station is a “Test and Repair” center, then it can administer the test as well as perform any diagnostics and repairs in case your car failed the smog check. This is truly the best way to go because you will only need to go to one place rather than many. This facility will save you a lot of time when having your car tested.
If your vehicle is assigned to a STAR station, only a STAR station can certify your vehicle. If your vehicle is not assigned to a STAR station, you can have it smogged at any licensed smog inspection station including non-STAR stations.
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