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How to Find the Best Smog Testing in Corona, Moreno Valley, Palm Springs, Riverside and Temecula CA

With California's car emission laws, every car must have a smog check periodically. Older cars may have more difficulty passing a smog test, but good smog test centers can give you recommendations on how to meet California emissions guidelines. There are many smog test stations in Riverside County and good smog test technicians can perform your smog emissions test quickly and efficiently.

The following research by The Prime Buyer's Report identifies the best smog testing in Riverside County and issues related to smog checks.

Updated December 20, 2013

 The TOP 10 Smog Check Centers in Riverside County CA

Corona Smog
(951) 738-0123
1453 W 6th St # 101
Corona, CA 92882

Areas Served: Corona CA, La Sierra South CA, Norco CA, Riverside CA, Eastvale CA, Mira Loma CA

Smog Test Only of Murrieta
(951) 304-2322
26500 Jefferson Ave # D
Murrieta, CA 92562

Areas Served: Murrieta CA, Wildomar CA, Menifee CA, Temecula CA, Lake Elsinore CA, Sun City CA

Beaumont Smog Test Only
(951) 849-3366
4097 W Ramsey St # I-2
Banning, CA 92220

Areas Served: Banning CA, Beaumont CA, Moreno Valley CA, Cherry Valley CA, Calimesa CA, Cabazon CA

Coachella Smog
(760) 398-0073
51229 Harrison St # B
Coachella, CA 92236

Areas Served: Coachella CA, Thermal CA, Indio CA, La Quinta CA, Bermuda Dunes CA, Mecca CA, Palm ...

J&M Smog
(951) 926-5143
31200 US Highway 74
Homeland, CA 92548

Areas Served: San Jacinto CA, Hemet CA, East Hemet CA, Homeland CA, Beaumont CA, Moreno Valley CA

All Day Smog & Tune
(951) 695-3885
28730 Via Montezuma # 102
Temecula, CA 92590

Areas Served: Temecula CA, Murrieta CA, Wildomar CA, Lake Elsinore CA, Menifee CA, Hemet CA

Advanced Emission Specialist
(951) 246-8147
29770 Bradley Rd # C
Sun City, CA 92586

Areas Served: Sun City CA, Menifee CA, Winchester CA, Homeland CA, Hemet CA, Murrieta CA, Temecula ...

Palm Desert Smog
(760) 340-3081
74725 Joni Dr # E
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Areas Served: Palm Desert CA, Palm Springs CA, Cathedral City CA, Indio CA, La Quinta CA, ...

How to Find the Best Smog Testing in Corona, Moreno Valley, Palm Springs, Riverside and Temecula CA 


Smog check stations in Riverside County CA must be licensed by the State as protection for consumers.  They are not required by law to have liability insurance; however, all emission testing services bearing The Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol do have that liability insurance coverage to reimburse you in the event of any damage to your vehicle, in addition to passing all other requirements for Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 status such as our survey phone calls to their previous customers verifying high satisfaction, hiring only documented workers, verified license, clean complaint record, and more.


Smog Tests in Riverside County CA
Passing the smog test is important because the California DMV requires owners to present a smog certificate, a document detailing emissions test results, within 90 days of renewing vehicle registration.

Another important aspect of emissions testing in Riverside County is whether or not the smog check station can, if your vehicle fails to pass a smog test, fix your vehicle so it can pass the smog test. Smog Test Only stations are prohibited by law from performing diagnosis or repairs of any kind. Others known as Test-and-Repair stations are licensed to perform official smog inspections and smog repairs.

As of January 1 2013, the Gold Shield Smog Check Station program has been replaced by STAR stations. Some STAR smog stations are licensed as test-only and others are licensed to do both smog tests and repairs. Your DMV registration renewal notice might state your vehicle requires a smog check at a STAR station, which makes yours a "directed vehicle" because it has been proactively directed to a STAR certified station. Additionally, vehicles that fail an emissions test at very high emission levels are considered "gross polluters" and then must receive certification specifically from a STAR-certified station.



Check Out the Choices of Smog Check Stations in Corona, Moreno Valley, Palm Springs, Riverside and Temecula CA
There are many auto smog check centers to choose from, ranging from the cheap smog inspection stations to those smog test shops that can perform repairs to guarantee a smog check pass. The Prime Buyer's Report lists contact information for the following smog check stations in Riverside County: J&M Smog, Advanced Emission Specialist, All Day Smog & Tune, Beaumont Smog Test Only, Coachella Smog, Corona Smog, Smog Test Only of Murrieta, Palm Desert Smog. Other smog test stations that might still serve Riverside County include: .

Some Smog Check Services in Riverside County Are A Better Value Than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these smog check stations in Riverside County CA: J&M Smog, Advanced Emission Specialist, All Day Smog & Tune, Beaumont Smog Test Only, Coachella Smog, Corona Smog, Smog Test Only of Murrieta, Palm Desert Smog. Other shops for smog testing in Corona, Moreno Valley, Palm Springs, Riverside and Temecula CA that might still be in business include: .

 

 

A Guide To Finding Good Smog Test Centers in Riverside County CA 

Step 1: Understand the Rules of Smog Testing in Riverside County CA
You may think your car drives exactly the same as it did when you last passed a smog check, but driveability doesn't mean your car will pass a smog test. If your vehicle is fairly new, you don't necessarily need to provide a California smog certificate, but if your vehicle is older, it may not pass smog even though it passed last year. If you are aware of any problems or symptoms that could affect your car's ability to pass a smog check, describe those symptoms clearly and accurately to the smog test technician.

Step 2: Ask & Answer Questions of the Smog Test Stations in Riverside County.
The smog center should not only ask about the symptoms, but also your history with the vehicle, any previous problems and even driving habits. Select the most appropriate questions from the list below to supplement what you've already learned. Take notes on the answers you receive.

How long have you been doing smog tests in Riverside County?
Do you often do smog tests and/or repairs on my particular model/year of car?
If there is a problem passing the smog test, can you fix the problem once you've found it?
Will you contact the DMV to report my vehicle's smog test results?
When doing repairs, do you use original equipment (OEM) parts, other new parts, or used parts?
Will work performed by your shop affect my manufacturer's warranty?
Will you provide a written, itemized estimate for the smog test and smog repairs?
Will you provide a written contract for the smog test and smog repairs?
What process do you go through to price the smog test and work?
What type of warranty on smog testing and for smog work will you provide?
How long should it take to complete the work?
Do you provide loaner cars while my vehicle is being smogged?
If the smog repair work involves a damaged component, what was the failure?

Step 3: The Preliminary Decision Among Good Smog Testing Stations in Riverside County CA.
After you've interviewed good smog check stations in Riverside County, narrow the field. Remember that a good smog technician should be working with you to help get your vehicle smogged and registered.

Step 4: Final Research on Smog Test Centers in Corona, Moreno Valley, Palm Springs, Riverside and Temecula CA.
Make sure you've got all the information you need before deciding. What credentials do the smog centers have? What about the employees? Does the company have a good reputation? Verify licensing, insurance, and other certifications.

Step 5: The Final Decision on The Best Smog Testing Centers in Riverside County For You
Call for any final questions, and if your vehicle will be repaired by the smog station, ask the mechanic to provide a written and signed pricing, timing, quality, and warranty agreement.

 

 

Resources About Smog Checks in Riverside County 

Regulatory Bodies & Trade Associations Related to Smog Testing in Riverside County CA
AAA American Automobile Association (http://www.aaa.com/)
AASP Alliance of Automotive Service Providers (http://www.autoserviceproviders.com/)
ADS American Driving Society (http://www.americandrivingsociety.org/)   
AIAG Automotive Industry Action Group (http://www.aiag.org/)
AIRNow (http://www.airnow.gov/)
ALA American Lung Association of California (http://www.caifornialung.com/)
APAA Automotive Parts & Accessories Association (http://www.apaa.org/)
ARB California Air Resources Board (http://www.arb.ca.gov/)
ASA Automotive Service Association (http://www.asashop.org/)
ASE Automotive Service Excellence (http://www.asecert.org/)
BAR Bureau of Automotive Repair: Smog Check Menu (http://www.smogcheck.ca.gov/)
BBB Better Business Bureau (http://www.bbb.com/)
CARB California Air Resources Board (http://www.arb.ca.gov/)
CSAA California State Automobile Association (http://www.csaa.org/)
Diamond Certified www.diamondcertified.org
STS Service Technicians Society (http://www.sts.sae.org/)


Media Regarding Smog Checks in Riverside County

4wd Magazine
Automotive News
Autoweek
Autofan
Automotive News
Automotive Rebuilder
Brake & Front End
Car and Driver
Car Mechanics Magazine
Detroit News
Import Car
Motor Age
Motor Trend
Popular Hot Rodding
Rebuilder Direct
Recyclers World
Road And Track
Super Chevy
Street Rodder
Truckin
Today's SUV
Turbo And High Performance Magazine
Underhood Service
US Auto News
VW Trends
Vette



The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Smog Tests in Riverside County CA within the following zip codes:

92517, 92202, 92590, 92292, 92536, 92878, 92236, 92226, 92543, 92203, 92883, 92507, 92592, 92552, 92239, 92572, 92561, 92220, 92555, 92258, 92551, 92253, 92549, 92548, 92230, 92261, 92546, 92521, 92582, 92571, 92248, 92234, 92567, 92247, 92554, 92522, 92316, 92223, 92583, 92240, 92241, 92270, 92516, 92570, 92235, 92585, 92513, 92563, 92276, 92263, 92530, 92503, 92262, 92201, 92880, 92599, 92508, 92514, 92589, 92519, 92593, 92210, 92504, 92255, 92591, 92320, 92515, 92879, 92532, 92586, 92882, 92539, 92274, 92556, 92518, 92544, 92564, 92282, 92502, 92584, 92587, 92881, 92562, 92264, 92260, 92211, 92506, 92581, 92505, 92531, 92254, 92595, 92509, 92877, 92545, 92225, 92557, 92501, 92553, 91752, 92860 and 92596

 

The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Smog Checks in Riverside County CA within the following cities:

92517, 92202, 92590, 92292, 92536, 92878, 92236, 92226, 92543, 92203, 92883, 92507, 92592, 92552, 92239, 92572, 92561, 92220, 92555, 92258, 92551, 92253, 92549, 92548, 92230, 92261, 92546, 92521, 92582, 92571, 92248, 92234, 92567, 92247, 92554, 92522, 92316, 92223, 92583, 92240, 92241, 92270, 92516, 92570, 92235, 92585, 92513, 92563, 92276, 92263, 92530, 92503, 92262, 92201, 92880, 92599, 92508, 92514, 92589, 92519, 92593, 92210, 92504, 92255, 92591, 92320, 92515, 92879, 92532, 92586, 92882, 92539, 92274, 92556, 92518, 92544, 92564, 92282, 92502, 92584, 92587, 92881, 92562, 92264, 92260, 92211, 92506, 92581, 92505, 92531, 92254, 92595, 92509, 92877, 92545, 92225, 92557, 92501, 92553, 91752, 92860 and 92596

 

 

Tips About Smog Check Stations in Corona, Moreno Valley, Palm Springs, Riverside and Temecula CA 

Don't Smog Test Your Vehicle in Poor Condition.
If your vehicle sputters, stalls, or is otherwise running poorly, don't expect to pass the emissions test. Your inspection fee will be money wasted when the vehicle fails inspection. Repairing any obvious problems with your vehicle before the test will greatly improve your chances of passing your smog test.

Warm Up the Engine Before Your Smog Test.
A warmed-up engine will usually produce better emissions testing results. Internal-combustion engines need time to warm up in order to ensure efficient burning of the fuel in the cylinders. An warmed-up engine running at optimum levels will improve your chances of passing a smog test.

Try Over-the-Counter Products Before Taking Your Car to a Smog Center.
Fuel additives can be an ally in improving engine efficiency and lowering smog levels. Additives can clear carbon deposits and intake and exhaust systems helping fuel and air flow more freely and increasing your chances of passing a smog test.

Perform Some Routine Maintenance Prior to Having a Smog Check.
In certain California counties, enhanced inspections require the smog station to run your vehicle on a dynamometer. Make sure your tires are inflated evenly to recommended pressures to ensure top performance in this section. Also, have an oil change before your test so your engine is running at top efficiency.

Find Out if Your Vehicle Actually Needs a Smog Check.
Every time a vehicle is initially registered, and every two years after that, a smog check is required under California law. This applies to vehicles produced after 1976 that are powered by gasoline, propane, natural gas, and ethanol. Vehicles produced in 1975 or before are exempt from California's emissions laws. Vehicles four or six model-years old or newer are not required to perform a smog check until the vehicle is five or seven years old (unless the vehicle is sold or registered for the first time in California). Other exemptions include: Vehicles with diesel engines, vehicles with two-cycle engines, vehicles with engines smaller than 50 cubic inches of displacement, electric vehicles, and motorcycles, as well as hybrids.

Check Up On The Smog Center.
For all smog checks in Riverside CA, be sure to check licensing, liability insurances, and any other relevant credentials before you sign. Understand that "Test Only" smog checks are performed at special facilities that are prohibited from performing repairs.


Keep In Touch With Your Smog Center.
When you have the slightest doubt about how a job is going, ask questions. As the tested vehicle's owner, you have the right to know about all aspects of the emissions testing process. Smog technicians can answer many questions about whether a vehicle will pass, and may be able to offer valuable advice on how to improve your vehicle's performance during a smog check.

 

 

Research on Smog Tests in Corona, Moreno Valley, Palm Springs, Riverside and Temecula CA 


 

Common Smog Check Terms

 

  • Emission Control System - A vehicle exhaust system and the components that reduce smog. The exhaust system control components include: evaporative emissions and tailpipe emissions.

  • Exhaust / Exhaust Emissions - Pollutants comprising smog that are harmful to people and the environment, including lead, unburned hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen oxides.

  • Exhaust Analyzer - The smog check service device that uses infrared energy to determine the composition of engine exhaust gases during a smog test. Exhaust analyzers found in smog check centers include a two-gas type that measures hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide and a four-gas type, which measures oxygen and carbon dioxide.

  • Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) - An emissions-control system that reduces smog by suppressing the production of nitrogen oxides and diluting the air / fuel mixture with exhaust gas so that cylinder combustion temperatures are lowered.

  • Exhaust Manifold - A component, usually made of cast iron, with passages that carry exhaust gases from exhaust ports to the exhaust system header.

  • Exhaust System - A system including tubing, mufflers, and catalytic converters that directs exhaust gases.



 


 

 

Smog Checks / Smog Tests Banning CA

Beaumont Smog Test Only Banning CA 92220

 

 

Smog Checks / Smog Tests Beaumont CA

Dick's Smog Testing Beaumont CA 92223

 

 

Smog Checks / Smog Tests Cathedral City CA

Liberty Smog Check Cathedral City CA 92234

RG's Smog Tech Cathedral City CA 92234

Raya's Smog Check Cathedral City CA 92234

Smog Spot Cathedral City CA 92234

Smog Test Center-Test Only Cathedral City CA 92234

Value Smog Cathedral City CA 92234

 

 

Smog Checks / Smog Tests Coachella CA

CV Smog Coachella CA 92236

Coachella Smog Coachella CA 92236

Garcia's Smog Coachella CA 92236

Smog Spot Coachella CA 92236

 

 

Smog Checks / Smog Tests Corona CA

Ace Smog Testing Corona CA 92882

Circle City Smog & Test Only Corona CA 92882

Corona Smog Corona CA 92882

Corona Smog Test Only Corona CA 92879

Smog Stop Corona CA 92879

Smog Test Only Station Corona CA 92882

West Auto Smog Testing Corona Corona CA 92879

 

 

Smog Checks / Smog Tests Hemet CA

Valley Smog Test Hemet CA 92543

Levi's Test Only Smog Station Hemet CA 92543

All Smogs Hemet CA 92543

 

 

Smog Checks / Smog Tests Homeland CA

J&M Smog Homeland CA 92548

 

 

 

 

 

Smog Checks / Smog Tests Indio CA

Cecil's Smog Testing Indio CA 92201

Rudy's Smog Check Indio CA 92201

Certified Smog Indio CA 92201

A Ok Smog Indio CA 92201

 

 

Smog Checks / Smog Tests Lake Elsinore CA

A Lakeside Smog Lake Elsinore CA 92530

All Star Smog Test Center Lake Elsinore CA 92530

Express Smog Lake Elsinore CA 92530

 

 

 

Smog Checks / Smog Tests Menifee CA

California Clean Air Tech Smog Testing Menifee CA 92584

 

 

Smog Checks / Smog Tests Mira Loma CA

Mira Loma Smog Test Only Mira Loma CA 91752

 

 

Smog Checks / Smog Tests Moreno Valley CA

Ace Smog Moreno Valley CA 92553

Alessandro Smog Test Only Moreno Valley CA 92553

Auto Plus Smog Moreno Valley CA 92553

Best Valley Smog Moreno Valley CA 92553

City Smog Center Moreno Valley CA 92553

Moreno Valley Smog Test Only Moreno Valley CA 92553

Prieto Smog Test Only Smog Center Moreno Valley CA 92553

Smog Shop Moreno Valley CA 92553

Valley Smog Test Moreno Valley CA 92553

 

 

Smog Checks / Smog Tests Murrieta CA

Jefferson Smog Test Only Murrieta CA 92562

Smog Express Murrieta CA 92562

Smog Stop Shop Murrieta CA 92563

Smog Test Only of Murrieta Murrieta CA 92562

 

 

Smog Checks / Smog Tests Norco CA

Cal-Smog Test Only Center Inc Norco CA 92860

 

 

Smog Checks / Smog Tests Palm Desert CA

Ozone Smog Palm Desert CA 92260

Palm Desert Smog Palm Desert CA 92260

Smog Dog Palm Desert CA 92260

Smog Stop CKP Palm Desert CA 92260

Yousef's Smog Test Center Palm Desert CA 92211

 

 

Smog Checks / Smog Tests Palm Springs CA

Palm Springs Smog Test Only Palm Springs CA 92264

 

 

Smog Checks / Smog Tests Perris CA

Stop N Go Smog Test Perris CA 92571

 

 

Smog Checks / Smog Tests Quail Valley CA

Canyon Lake Smog & Auto Quail Valley CA 92587

 

 

Smog Checks / Smog Tests Riverside CA

A&R Smog Station Test Only Riverside CA 92503

All Tech Smog Testing Riverside CA 92504

Amigos Smog Test Only Riverside CA 92509

Automotive Express Smog Riverside CA 92507

Automotive Raceway Smog Riverside CA 92507

Automotive Speedy Smog Riverside CA 92507

Buddy Smog Test Only Riverside CA 92509

C&P Smog Only Center Riverside CA 92503

California Smog Institute Riverside CA 92507

California Smog Test Only Riverside CA 92504

Corona Smog Center Riverside CA 92503

Discounts Smog Riverside CA 92504

El Amigo Smog Check Riverside CA 92501

El Paisa Smog Test Only Riverside CA 92509

Express Smog Center Riverside CA 92503

Frank's Smog Station Riverside CA 92505

Friendly Automotive Smog Testing Riverside CA 92506

Guererro's Smog Test Only Riverside CA 92505

J&J Smog Check Only Center Riverside CA 92506

JD Smog Busters Riverside CA 92505

Jo Jo's Smog Test Only Riverside CA 92505

M&T Smog Riverside CA 92509

M&T Smog Test Only Facility Riverside CA 92504

Mario's Smog Test Only Riverside CA 92503

Mission Smog Test Only Riverside CA 92509

Mozaffar Smog Testing Riverside CA 92504

N&K Smog Test Only Riverside CA 92504

One Way Smog Test Only Riverside CA 92508

Panchos Smog Test Only Riverside CA 92509

Smog Center Test Only Riverside CA 92501

Woodcrest Smog & Test Only Riverside CA 92508

Z&T Smog Test Only Riverside CA 92509

 

 

Smog Checks / Smog Tests San Jacinto CA

ASAP Smog & Test Only Center San Jacinto CA 92583

Auto Smogs San Jacinto CA 92583

Rapid Smog San Jacinto CA 92583

 

 

 

Smog Checks / Smog Tests Sun City CA

Advanced Emission Specialist Sun City CA 92586

Tri City Smog Sun City CA 92586

 

 

Smog Checks / Smog Tests Temecula CA

Advanced Automotive Smog Temecula CA 92590

All Day Smog Temecula CA 92590

Kwic Smog Center Temecula CA 92590

Stop N Go Smog Temecula CA 92590

TVS Complete Smog Testing Temecula CA 92590