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Mr. Auto Center
Our Hours Are: Monday - Friday: 8AM - 5:30PM
Saturday: 9:30AM - 3:30PM • Sunday: Appointment Only
1924 E Compton Blvd
Compton, CA 90221
Service: (310) 604-9966
Sales: (310) 604-9933
Your One-Stop Shop For All Your Automotive Needs

Smog Check

Get Your Smog Check in Compton, CA

Smog Check in Compton, CA

California requires a smog check every two years for most motor vehicles. When it's time for a smog test, visit Mr. Auto Center. We're a certified Smog Test and Repair Station serving Compton, CA, Long Beach, CA, Los Angeles, CA, and surrounding areas.

In business since 1986, Mr. Auto Center has been providing professional, accurate, and timely smog checks for over 30 years. Our talented team of licensed technicians are available to test your emissions and provide repair as necessary to help you pass the test.

What Should I Bring?

To renew registration after passing, you only need to bring your DMV renewal notice and a form of accepted payment. If you have any questions about the test or repair service, call (310) 604-9966.

Why Does California Have a Smog Check Program?

Smog checks were introduced in the 1970s as part of the Clean Air Act. Smog checks are mandatory in California due to the high number of registered vehicles in the state. 

Smog checks are required for many CA vehicles, including:

  • Most vehicles manufactured after 1997
  • Diesel vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight (GVWR) less than 14,000 lbs
  • Natural gas powered vehicles less than 14,000 lbs

Regular emissions testing reduces excessive smog, keeps pollutants out of the air, and contributes to a healthier state.

What Happens During a Smog Check?

During a smog check, a licensed technician tests your exhaust system to make sure it doesn't emit too many pollutants (smog) into the environment. Using a special emissions testing tool that also connects to the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR), the technician measures the amount of emissions your vehicle produces and compares this amount to legal standard. 

When testing completes, results are electronically sent to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and we provide you with a Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR). We advise keeping the VIR as part of your records.

What Happens If. . .

I Pass the Smog Test

Once you pass the smog test, you may register your vehicle.

I Fail the Smog Test

If you fail the smog test, you have several options:

  • Have your vehicle diagnosed and repaired
  • You need to bring your vehicle to a certified Smog Check Repair Station for service. You're welcome to choose Mr. Auto Center for this service. Once repairs are made, you must re-test the vehicle.

  • Apply for financial assistance
  • California provides up to $500 for emissions service if you meet eligibility requirements. See the Consumer Assistance Program for more information.

  • Apply for vehicle retirement
  • If you don't wish to repair your vehicle, you may retire it for up to $1,500 at a state-approved dismantler

4 Facts About CA Smog Checks

  • Many counties in California require smog checks
  • Your renewal notice from the Caltrans tells you where to have a smog check performed; you may be required to visit a STAR station.
  • You need to register your vehicle(s) within 90 days of receiving your “smog certificate,” the paper detailing the results of the emissions test.
  • With few exceptions, you need to produce the current smog certificate when transferring a vehicle.

Smog checks improve air quality in California significantly. Be sure to get your smog test after you receive your notice. Call (310) 604-9966 or visit us today!

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Phone: (310) 604-9966
Fax: (310) 763-6567
Address: 1924 E Compton Blvd
Compton, CA 90221
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