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How to Find the Best Smog Testing in Oxnard, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Ventura 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 Ventura 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 Ventura County and issues related to smog checks.

 

Updated November 4, 2016

 The TOP 10 Smog Check Centers in Ventura County CA

Thousand Oaks Smog Test Only
(805) 496-3920
1934 E Thousand Oaks Blvd # B
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

Areas Served: Thousand Oaks CA, Oxnard CA, Ventura CA, Simi Valley CA, Camarillo CA, Santa Paula CA

Smog Check Only
(805) 484-2528
1955 E Daily Dr # 107
Camarillo, CA 93010

Areas Served: Ventura CA, Oxnard CA, Camarillo CA, Simi Valley CA, Thousand Oaks CA, Moorpark CA

Smog Masters
(805) 483-3183
120 W 2nd St
Oxnard, CA 93030

Areas Served: Simi Valley CA, Thousand Oaks CA, Oxnard CA, Ventura CA, Ventura County CA

Main Street Smog Test Only Center
(805) 653-5979
3059 E Main St # D
Ventura, CA 93003

Areas Served: Oxnard CA, Ventura CA, Thousand Oaks CA, Camarillo CA, Simi Valley CA, Ojai CA

West Valley Smog
(805) 581-0550
1880 Sinaloa Rd # B
Simi Valley, CA 93065

Areas Served: Ventura CA, Thousand Oaks CA, Oxnard CA, Simi Valley CA, Ojai CA, Camarillo CA

Ventura Smog Test Only Center
(805) 643-7509
1177 N Ventura Ave # 2
Ventura, CA 93001

Areas Served: Oxnard CA, Thousand Oaks CA, Simi Valley CA, Ventura CA, Camarillo CA, Moorpark CA

Oxnard Test Only
(805) 486-1150
3434 Saviers Rd
Oxnard, CA 93033

Areas Served: Simi Valley CA, Oxnard CA, Ventura CA, Thousand Oaks CA, Santa Paula CA, Ojai CA

Simi Test Only Smog Center
(805) 581-2929
4560 E Los Angeles Ave
Simi Valley, CA 93063

Areas Served: Oxnard CA, Simi Valley CA, Ventura CA, Thousand Oaks CA, Camarillo CA, Ojai CA

How to Find the Best Smog Testing in Oxnard, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Ventura CA 


Smog check stations in Ventura 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 Ventura 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 Ventura 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 Oxnard, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Ventura 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 Ventura County: Ventura Smog Test Only Center, Oxnard Test Only, Simi Test Only Smog Center, Smog Check Only, West Valley Smog, Smog Masters, Main Street Smog Test Only Center, Thousand Oaks Smog Test Only. Other smog test stations that might still serve Ventura County include: .

Some Smog Check Services in Ventura County Are A Better Value Than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these smog check stations in Ventura County CA: Ventura Smog Test Only Center, Oxnard Test Only, Simi Test Only Smog Center, Smog Check Only, West Valley Smog, Smog Masters, Main Street Smog Test Only Center, Thousand Oaks Smog Test Only. Other shops for smog testing in Oxnard, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Ventura CA that might still be in business include: .

 

 

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

Step 1: Understand the Rules of Smog Testing in Ventura 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 Ventura 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 Ventura 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 Ventura County CA.
After you've interviewed good smog check stations in Ventura 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 Oxnard, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Ventura 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 Ventura 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 Ventura County 

Regulatory Bodies & Trade Associations Related to Smog Testing in Ventura 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 Ventura 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 Ventura County CA within the following zip codes:

93010, 93040, 93063, 91362, 93065, 93016, 93094, 91358, 93012, 93043, 93044, 93001, 93007, 93006, 93036, 91361, 91360, 93004, 93041, 93015, 93062, 93031, 93023, 93035, 93005, 93011, 93064, 93033, 91359, 93020, 93034, 91319, 93042, 93021, 93009, 93061, 91320, 93066, 93002, 93024, 93060, 93003, 93099, 93030, 93032 and 93022

 

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

93010, 93040, 93063, 91362, 93065, 93016, 93094, 91358, 93012, 93043, 93044, 93001, 93007, 93006, 93036, 91361, 91360, 93004, 93041, 93015, 93062, 93031, 93023, 93035, 93005, 93011, 93064, 93033, 91359, 93020, 93034, 91319, 93042, 93021, 93009, 93061, 91320, 93066, 93002, 93024, 93060, 93003, 93099, 93030, 93032 and 93022

 

 

Tips About Smog Check Stations in Oxnard, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Ventura 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 Oxnard 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 Oxnard, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Ventura 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.



 

 


 

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