The smog abatement fee in California saves you a lot of time, trouble and money. This is the fee that you pay instead of getting your car smogged. But, do you qualify for this program?
Smog Abatement Fee
In most cities in California you are required to provide a smog certificate once every other year to the DMV. However, if your car is 6 years old or less then the state of California assumes that your car is going to pass the smog certification test. For these cars you will pay a smog abatement fee of $20 for each year for the first six years.
The fee that you pay to skip getting that smog certification might or might not save you money, depending on the smog price for your car. If your cost is only $35.00 for your car every other year then you’d save money just getting the smog. However, it is a hassle to have done and most people would rather just pay the yearly fee with their registration. Additionally, if an adjustment should need to be made to your car for some reason, of course that costs an additional charge. With the abatement program, you avoid having to deal with that.
You don’t have to worry about knowing when you will have to start getting those certificates again. Your car’s registration renewal notice will have a notice on it letting you know that you will need to get one that year.
Where Smog Certificates Happen
When your car gets a little older and a little more tired out, the smog abatement fee will no longer be an option for you. You will need to start taking your car in to get a smog certification every other year. If your registration renewal says it is that time, stop by A1 Performance Auto Repair. We often have specials for smog certification to save you a little cash.