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How Much Does A Smog Check Cost? Questions & Answers

Question (a): What is the approximate cost of the smog testing?
Question (b): I have a 1998 Honda CRV. What's reasonable to pay for a smog test? My car is in excellent condition.
Question (c): I need to have my vehicle smog tested at a test only station here in San Francisco. How much does the smog test cost? And how do I get a coupon to off set cost?
Question (d): What is the average cost of a Test Only smog test?  Just curious as the coupons they offer are for different amounts.
Answer: The average smog inspection price will vary shop to shop. It will normally range anywhere between $29.95 to $89.95 depending on the county you live in and the type of smog inspection your vehicle requires. This price may or may not include the State's Certificate Fee of $8.25, which is charged only and if your vehicle passes the test. There may also be an EFT (Electronic Transmission) fee which a station owner may charge to make up for the toll cost they pay as the smog machine is transmitting your vehicle's information via a dedicated phone line. This fee is usually between $1-$3, and is charged regardless of whether your vehicle passes or fails the smog inspection.
The State of California does not regulate the actual cost of the inspection because it is a privately owned industry, however they do require the certificate fee which you pay at the smog station, but ends up at the State. Some parts of the State where smog inspections are not so common, shops may choose to charge more per inspection to make up the cost of maintenance.
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