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B & J Auto Repairs Smog & Sales
B & J Auto Repair Smog & Sales is your convenient one-stop shop for Smog check & auto repairs service in Chula Vista, CA. For over 20 years, we’ve been our area’s choice for state-certified emissions testing and general auto repair. We’re home of one of the most affordable smog check programs in the region. We charge just $29.75 for cars and $39.75 for trucks, SUV s, and vans (with coupon). We work on all types of foreign and domestic cars, trucks, and SUV s.
Our team of ASE certified mechanics has over 60 years of combined experience in auto repairs. They’ve received the best training in the latest technology. This means they’re able to provide superior service for major and minor repairs, service, and maintenance. Our computerized diagnostic equipment is the best available in the industry and allows us to give you an expert analysis of your vehicle’s performance. We work on vehicles from leading car makers including Volkswagen, BMW, Mercedes, Volvo, Toyota, Lexus, Honda, Acura, Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge, Chrysler, Nissan, Mazda, Jeep, and all other makes and models. No matter what type of service, maintenance, or repairs you need, our technicians will take the time to answer any questions you have about the work and the price. Free local shuttle service is available while your car is in our shop for service.
Our STAR smog station is certified by the state to smog check any car, truck, SUV, diesel vehicle, or motor-home. If you fail your smog check, we’ll take care of any necessary repairs right here in our shop. In many cases, we can provide same-day service. We make other emissions-related repairs, too, including replacement of catalytic converters. Ask us about our participation in the Consumer Assistance Program (CAP), which covers smog failure repairs for low-income drivers.
Smog Check Info
Currently, smog inspections are required for all vehicles except diesel powered vehicles 1997 year model and older or with a Gross Vehicle Weight (GVWR) of more than 14,000 lbs, electric, natural gas powered vehicles over 14,000 lbs, motorcycles, trailers, or gasoline powered vehicles 1975 and older.
Vehicles registered in areas subject to the biennial smog certification program are required to submit evidence of a smog certification every other renewal period. Owners of vehicles six or less model years old will pay an annual smog abatement fee for the first six registration years instead of being required to provide a biennial smog certification. The registration renewal notice mailed to you by the department will indicate if a smog certification is required. If a smog certification is required and you have not had a smog inspection, you may still pay your registration fees to avoid any late fees. However, you will not receive your new registration or year sticker until the smog information has been received by DMV.
NOTE: Upon initial registration, nonresident;
Diesel powered vehicles 1998 model year and newer with a (GVWR) rating of no more than 14,000 lbs, and specially constructed vehicles 1976 and newer require smog certification. The six or less model years old rule does not apply to these vehicles.
When you transfer a vehicle that is four or less model years old a smog certification is not required. (Determine the oldest-qualifying year model by subtracting three from the current year.) The four or less model years old rule does not apply to diesel powered vehicles. A smog transfer fee will be collected from the new owner . When a vehicle is more than four model years old, a seller must provide evidence of a current smog certification except when one of the following occurs:
The transfer occurs between a spouse, domestic partner, sibling, child, parent, grandparent, or grandchild.
A biennial smog certification was submitted to DMV within 90 days prior to the vehicle transfer date (a vehicle inspection report may be required for proof of certification).
Smog certifications are good for 90 days from the date of issuance.
Does my vehicle qualify for a smog exemption?
Smog inspections are required unless your vehicle is:
Gasoline powered 1975 year model or older
Diesel powered 1997 year model and older or with a Gross Vehicle Weight rating (GVWR) of more than 14,000 lbs
Natural gas powered with a GVWR rating of more than 14,000 lbs.
What is a STAR station?
The new STAR Program begins January 1, 2013, and will replace the Gold Shield and Test Only program. If your DMV registration renewal notice states your vehicle requires a smog check at a STAR station, you may still take your vehicle to a Gold Shield or Test Only station before the new program begins. If your vehicle registration states your vehicle requires a smog check at a Gold Shield or Test Only station, you must take your vehicle to a STAR station after December 31, 2012.
For more information on the STAR program or to find a station near you, visit www.smogcheck.ca.gov.
When a car is sold, who is responsible for the inspection?
The seller is required to provide the buyer with a valid smog inspection certification at the time of the sale or transfer. Smog certifications are good for 90 days from the date of issuance.
The inspection is not required on a transfer if a biennial smog certification was submitted to DMV within 90 days prior to the vehicle transfer date (a vehicle inspection report may be required for proof of certification).
NOTE: Smog certifications are not required for transfers that occur for a gasoline powered motor vehicle that is four or less model years old. (Determine the oldest-qualifying year model by subtracting three from the current year) the four or less model years old rule does not apply to diesel powered vehicles. A smog transfer fee will be collected from the new owner.
What if my car fails the inspection?
DMV cannot provide technical information or advice in this area. We recommend that you contact the Bureau of Automotive Repair’s (BAR) Referee Program toll free at 800.622.7733 for Smog Check dispute resolution and inspection assistance. Consumers meeting low income eligibility requirements may also be eligible for repair assistance or vehicle retirement through BAR’s Consumer Assistance Program. For more information, call toll free at 800.952.5210.
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