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Check engine light on - 2001 Volkswagen Beetle

My VW Beetle's check engine light has been on for about one month. My Registration Renewal Notice indicates SMOG Certificate Required. I was told that if check engine is on then it is an automatic failure. My question is relating to the $500 Assistance Program for failed smog tests. Should I have a SMOG test done (knowing it will fail) and submit the results along with the application required to qualify for repair costs. Or do I need to pay to have the light checked and repaired before having a smog test? Thank you for any help on this matter.


Absolutely wait for a CAP application approval before getting ANY repairs done. CAP will not reimburse you if you handle the repairs before approval. What you WILL have to do however is do get a smog check which indicates your VW Beetle failed due to an illuminated Check Engine light and submit a copy of this failed smog test report (VIR) with your application. Wait 2 to 3 weeks, you should get a reply, and if approved, find a CAP certified list of smog check repair stations from a list which will be provided to you by the State.

posted by SmogTips Support 01-08-2011 12:10 PM

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