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1998 Ford Contour SVT purchased in another state

I am moving to California but don't know if it's worth the cost to bring my 1998 Ford Contour SVT with me because it may not be able to pass the more stringent California smog requirements. How much do smog repairs generally cost in California? If I attempt to make repairs or the repairs cost more than the car is worth, is there a way to get a waiver so I can still use the car?


If your Ford Contour you purchased is in good shape, meaning it's been properly maintained, does not have smoking problems, no hesitation, and overall in good running order, you should have no problem passing the California smog test. California does have a more stringent smog check program then other states however your Ford being purchased and brought into California should have no problem passing the smog test so long as there are no emissions tampers and its emissions measurements fall within California's maximum limits. As far as repairs... The average cost to get a failing vehicle to pass the smog check in California is $350.00 dollars. There will be no waiver for your Ford if it fails the smog test because it's being registered in California for the first time. But again... Your Ford will not fail the smog test just because it's from out of state.

posted by SmogTips Support 05-18-2010 10:56 AM

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