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When buying a used car, is it a bad sign if the Car Fax say it didn't pass a smog test?

We are looking at a 2004 Toyota Highlander with only 83,800 miles. The Car Fax mentions that it did not pass emissions inspection this past Dec. 2011. It also lists it passing on the same day it failed. Is this a bad sign to have smog check problems on a car with that low mileage. Could it be a sign of a serious issue? We haven't asked the dealer about a recent smog check yet. If it passes with no problem this time around, is that a great sign? Thanks!!


It is not necessary a bad sign that a vehicle with 83,800 miles failed the smog test. Most emission components have a 60-80 thousand mile service life. So long as the fault causing the previous smog check failure was not severe, you should have no worries. Being that this Toyota highlander passed the smog check the same day it failed we have to assume the fault and repair were non serious.

posted by SmogTips Support 05-23-2012 12:07 PM

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