How to pass CA smog test without losing all my money?
December 13, 2007 1:48 PM Subscribe
Help! My car didn't pass the CA Smog Test and now the dealer wants $600 to bring it up to standard. What can I do?!
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth to Travel & Transportation around California (30 answers total)
Okay so my car is a 2004 Toyota Matrix. I originally bought it in VA, new in May of 2004. I took it in to get smog tested the other day as a preliminary to getting it registered in CA. It failed the smog test (specifically in the NO, as in Nitrogen+Oxygen, emissions area). I brought it into the dealer yesterday and now they're telling me that its going to cost $600 bucks to add in some kind of Oxygen valve thingie. I asked why the car was failing the test and he said it's because in Virginia emissions standards are much laxer than in California. I don't have $600 to spend on this thing. I'm in a state of shock that a 2004 car isn't up to par on emissions standards. What can I do? I heard something about the state covering stuff like this for people with low incomes. Help me hive mind, you're my only hope...