If your DMV registration renewal notice states your vehicle requires a smog check at a STAR station, your vehicle must go to a station that is a STAR test only or test and repair station.
STAR stations meet higher performance standards.
Some STAR stations are licensed to perform Test Only and others are licensed to perform BOTH Tests and Repairs.
El Primo Auto Center is a STAR Test AND Repair facility. El Primo can repair the vehicle AND retest in the same facility!
Part of the Bureau of Automotive Repair’s (BAR) Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) that offers eligible consumers repair assistance to help improve California's air quality.
Eligible consumers may receive up to $1,200 in emissions-related repairs at a STAR test-and-repair station if their vehicle fails its biennial Smog Check inspection
Consumers who meet eligibility requirements may receive either $1,000 or $1,500 to voluntarily retire their operational vehicle from California roadways at a BAR-contracted dismantler site.
The seller is required to provide the buyer with a valid smog inspection certification at the time of the sale or transfer. Smog certifications are good for 90 days from the date of issuance.
The inspection is not required on a transfer if a biennial smog certification was submitted to DMV within 90 days prior to the vehicle transfer date. (A vehicle inspection report may be required for proof of certification).
Smog inspections are required unless your vehicle is: