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Old 04-10-2014, 03:41 PM   #1
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Joy of living in California

To be a performance car enthusiast in California, or any state with smog regulations for that matter, is very difficult. It is frustrating having to deal with smog checks. Today it was by far the worst. On my way to school I was “randomly” selected to have a free roadside smog test performed on my car. First, I don't want people crawling in and out of my car, let alone having the test done.

I was lucky enough to pass emissions portion, but they hassled me about my intake. It does not have a smog sticker.

If you are going to do this, I believe you should be looking for cars that are a piece driving on the roads, they will have terrible emissions best bet. They are probably unsafe to be on the road anyway. Not a 2014 car that someone just added a few mods to.

DMV/ License checkpoints are good, but this is just frustrating.

Anyone else ever have to deal with this?
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Old 04-10-2014, 03:42 PM   #2
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WTF? Where was this? I've never seen one.

You could have just said no. California law does not require a new vehicle to be smoged until 7 years have passed.
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Old 04-10-2014, 03:44 PM   #3
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It was in north Escondido

http://www.policestateusa.com/2013/r...ifornia-roads/
A quick article about them
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Old 04-10-2014, 03:46 PM   #4
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WHAT?! okay, staying away from there.
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Old 04-10-2014, 03:52 PM   #5
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Anytime someone says they had their car "smogged" I know they are from California. I'm glad Texas doesn't have such ridiculous regulations.
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Old 04-10-2014, 03:54 PM   #6
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waste of state money that is what it is.
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Old 04-10-2014, 03:54 PM   #7
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What is this Communist Russia?

Sounds like a commy police state to me.
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Old 04-10-2014, 03:55 PM   #8
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Article says it's voluntary. Did CHP force you to test?
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Old 04-10-2014, 04:01 PM   #9
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Article says it's voluntary. Did CHP force you to test?
It was defiantly not voluntary. They must be able to use the excuse of probable cause. Since you can hear my car.
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Old 04-10-2014, 04:03 PM   #10
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I'd give them the finger and say "i decline your selection!"

"The smog tests, run by the California Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR), are technically voluntary, but with the fanfare and presence of highway patrolmen flagging people down, it does not come off that way to many drivers."

But i guess i would get pulled to the side for tinted windows, no front plate, etc.. etc..
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Old 04-10-2014, 04:05 PM   #11
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Article says it's voluntary. Did CHP force you to test?
"The smog tests, run by the California Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR), are technically voluntary, but with the fanfare and presence of highway patrolmen flagging people down, it does not come off that way to many drivers."
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When you're pulled over by a bunch of cops who knows it's voluntary? I'm sure they don't mention that it's voluntary and you don't have to do it. Most people are scared and intimidated.

It's just like when you get pulled over and the cop asks where you're going or what are you doing, you don't have to answer but we all know how that goes.
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Old 04-10-2014, 04:07 PM   #12
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Anytime someone says they had their car "smogged" I know they are from California. I'm glad Texas doesn't have such ridiculous regulations.
im actually contemplating moving to dallas texas
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im actually contemplating moving to dallas texas
It's flat, but I love it here. No state income tax, diverse cultures all playing well together, real estate is way cheaper than California and of course, southern women are some of the best looking in the world! The only drawback as far as I'm concerned is the summertime heat. I freaking hate it.
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I have heard about these, and the "voluntary" thing lol....Wonder about that too...I hate california sometimes.
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Anytime someone says they had their car "smogged" I know they are from California. I'm glad Texas doesn't have such ridiculous regulations.
not yet anyway.... but I have a feeling it may be soon... we are getting up there on the list for having some of the dirtiest cities.... Houston and Dallas coming in at # 7 & 8 of the top 10

Cali claims 6 of the 10 spots

http://www.webmd.com/asthma/ss/slide...st-smog-cities
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Old 04-10-2014, 04:29 PM   #16
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It's flat, but I love it here. No state income tax, diverse cultures all playing well together, real estate is way cheaper than California and of course, southern women are some of the best looking in the world! The only drawback as far as I'm concerned is the summertime heat. I freaking hate it.
i have been looking into the real estate and its unbelievable how much more affordable it is there...for the price of a 1 bedroom apartment here in so cal. you can rent a 3 bedroom house...i have heard the heat gets a little bad, but where i live in so cal it gets over 100 during the summer almost daily
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I was in CA several months ago and was curious if my car would be legal if I ever decided to move back there. I stopped in the local Chevy dealership and asked what the "smog" rules were. I was told that the inspection is visual only now. If the original "smog" related equipment was still on the car or as I like to say "appear to still be on the car", you pass. No more sniffer like the old days.

Was I given incorrect information?
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Old 04-10-2014, 04:39 PM   #18
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Anytime someone says they had their car "smogged" I know they are from California. I'm glad Texas doesn't have such ridiculous regulations.
I want to move to Texas. Just another reason to add to the list. I am being looking for an accounting position with a firm in Texas, for when I graduate next month.
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Old 04-10-2014, 04:43 PM   #19
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I was in CA several months ago and was curious if my car would be legal if I ever decided to move back there. I stopped in the local Chevy dealership and asked what the "smog" rules were. I was told that the inspection is visual only now. If the original "smog" related equipment was still on the car or as I like to say "appear to still be on the car", you pass. No more sniffer like the old days.

Was I given incorrect information?
yes it is incorrect, it is visual and Sniffer / OBD II depending on car every 2 years after a car reaches 5 year mark or before being sold to a non relative.
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yes it is incorrect, it is visual and Sniffer / OBD II depending on car every 2 years after a car reaches 5 year mark or before being sold to a non relative.
I guess my car will never be registered in CA!
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I guess my car will never be registered in CA!
we contemplated buying an investment property in another state that has no/little smog requirements and registering all of our cars there haha.
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we contemplated buying an investment property in another state that has no/little smog requirements and registering all of our cars there haha.
Make friends with someone in AZ!
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Old 04-10-2014, 05:03 PM   #24
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unbelievable ! always doing what they want with tax payers money. They wonder why we California is in deep debt!
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I was in CA several months ago and was curious if my car would be legal if I ever decided to move back there. I stopped in the local Chevy dealership and asked what the "smog" rules were. I was told that the inspection is visual only now. If the original "smog" related equipment was still on the car or as I like to say "appear to still be on the car", you pass. No more sniffer like the old days.

Was I given incorrect information?
From what I have heard, smogs are going to become visual only. Who knows when that takes effect or if it will actually happen.
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