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I need to do a smog pretest on an out of state vehicle in Los Angeles. Can I get it at any type of smog station?

I need to do an off the record smog pretest on an out of state vehicle I am restoring, I am in Los Angeles, where can I get an off the record actual visual and tailpipe smog test ?


Any California smog check station can perform a smog check pretest. Just

make sure you specifically ask the smog station for a pre-test. Tell them

you are restoring this vehicle and you do not want to smog check results to

be held against you if your vehicle fails or doesn't pass the smog



Here's what you should know about smog inspection pretests... Your car's

smog test results WILL BE sent to the Bureau of Automotive Repairs data

center even during the pre-test, however the results of the inspection will

not be held against you if the vehicle fails the smog test as a gross

polluter. So basically there is nothing that will stop the relay of smog

test data to the state. Getting a smog pretest is just a measure to stop the

DMV or BAR from using the data against you.


Consider this also... You can always have a smog station conduct a smog

inspection without using the smog machine in it's entire capacity as a State

smog inspection tool. You may simply ask the smog mechanic to use to smog

machine's probe as a tailpipe emissions sniffer looking for high emissions

which cause smog check failures; high HC, high CO and high NO.

posted by SmogTips Support 08-23-2010 01:43 PM