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Smog station can not smog check my Nissan Sentra, why?

Our repair shop technician has told us that he cannot do a smog test on our 1994 Nissan Sentra. Do smog test centers have a limit on the age of the vehicles that they can test, or is it just a matter of finding one that will test it?

Thanks for your advice.


There has to be more to this situation. There is no reason a California certified smog test center would not be able to smog check your Nissan Sentra; unless the particular smog station is regular (test & repair) smog center which can only conduct smog inspections on non-test only directed vehicles, and your Nissan needs to be tested at a "test only" smog check center. Look over your DMV registration renewal notice. If it indicates "test only or gold shield certification required" then you'll need to find a test only smog center or gold shield smog station in your area. A regular test and repair smog station will not be able to smog check your Nissan. I would contact the smog station in question and ask them exactly why they can not test your car.

posted by SmogTips Support 07-04-2010 08:51 AM

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