Dec 12 2021

Smog Tests Not for the Dirtiest Vehicles in California

Whatever Happened to Concern about Smog?

Piedmonters are familiar with the tales of neighbors unloading their old vehicles at prices greater than new car prices.  One overlooked and surprising benefit is the avoidance of smog testing.

Which  vehicles are exempt from smog testing?

“Gasoline-powered vehicles – a 1975 year model or older (This includes motorcycles and trailers.), Diesel-powered vehicles 1997 and older year model, OR with a Gross Vehicle Weight of more than 14,000 pounds.”

Some counties don’t require smog testing of any vehicles:

“The counties in California which do not require smog check are El Dorado, Riverside, Placer, San Diego, San Bernardino, and Sonoma.”



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