Why Are You Required to Get a Smog Check?
Depending on where you live, you may be required to get a smog check on your car. Whether it's to register it or re-register your car, transfer the title to someone else, or bring in a car from out of state/of the country, smog checks can come into play. Regardless of why you are checking the car, you may find yourself wondering, why is this even necessary? We'll tell you.
Controlling Vehicle Emissions
Have you ever been behind a car that blows brown or black dust out of their tailpipe? This is exactly what smog checks are trying to prevent from being on our roadways. One of the primary reasons why cars are required to undergo a smog check is to control vehicle emissions because those that emit high levels of smog or pollutants impact the quality of the air we all breathe.
During a smog check, the technicians place a device behind the emission pipe of your car and measure the level of pollutants that comes out. The emission level allowed does vary from state to state, and in some cases may even vary based on the age of a car. Check with your state to find out what levels are acceptable.
Ensuring Your Vehicle is Safe to Operate
Another reason why we perform smog checks is to ensure the vehicles that are on the road are all up to code and are safe to operate. People often alter their cars, and unfortunately, some of these alterations are not legal. Additionally, some people do not perform proper maintenance on their cars, making them unsafe. It takes the state too long to check each and every person's vehicle, so this step typically gets tacked on to a smog check. A technician will check things like your engine, gas system and overall condition of the car. If your vehicle is not safe or up to code, you can fail a smog check for this.
If you need to have a smog check, consider taking it to a professional to have it maintained and inspected before the smog check. This helps ensure your vehicle is in proper working order and minimizes the chances that your car will fail. If you need a mechanic, visit Auto Tek. We can help you with routine car maintenance and automotive repairs. Bring your car to us today to prepare it for a smog check.