Santa Monica Motors’ STAR Certified Smog Check station has built a reputation for honest and reliable smog testing services since 1984. Our smog testing service center is certified to process ALL vehicles, including gross polluters, diesel engines, out-of-state cars, and vehicles that mandate a STAR certified smog check. Additionally, our station is fully equipped to inspect RVs and motor homes.
The Santa Monica Motors Smog Check station is equipped with 7 test machines, which means there is no need to make an appointment and your wait time will be minimal. Come and relax with a cup of coffee in our very comfortable, newly-remodeled waiting room while our technicians take care of your vehicle.
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The State of California, based off the Federal Clean Air Act, requires vehicles to be inspected every two years to meet the state’s regulations. You may also need a smog check if you recently moved from another state or if you recently bought a pre-owned car. Smog checks are part of a larger plan to reduce air pollution and improve the air quality within our state.
What Happens During a Smog Check?
If your car was made prior to 2000, a smog check will consist of a test using the Emissions Inspection System (EIS). The system measures your vehicle's emissions under various conditions. The most common auto pollutants are carbon monoxide (CO), nitrous oxide (NO), and hydrocarbons (HCs). If the test shows any of these chemicals to be outside federal or state guidelines or the car’s sensors are not functioning, the vehicle fails the smog check.
If your car model-year is 2000 or newer, a smog check will consist of a computer-based test to make sure the emission control systems are working properly. This new method uses the On-Board Diagnostic system already built into your car and streamlines the smog check process.
Smog Check Station hours:
Mon ‐ Fri: 8:00 AM ‐ 6:00 PM
Sat ‐ Sun: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
For your convenience, Santa Monica Motors will send you a friendly reminder postcard prior to the next date your vehicle is due for its smog check.