Entry: TOM VS. THE SMOG MONSTER Thursday, July 17, 2008

I recently got the notice to renew my car registration and saw that this was a year that I needed to get my car smog checked (in California, you've got to do it every other year).  I drove by a bunch of places and found what looked to be like a good, full-service smog station.  Upon handing an employee the certificate, I was told that they couldn't smog check my car, since I was authorized to get it done at a "Test Only" station.  I really didn't understand the logic in this, but acknowledged that it was the law and that the mecanics' hands were tied - figuratively (although it often seems like mecanics' arms are literally tied.) 

This "test only" system seems silly since if you fail, you've got to go to a completely different place to get it fixed.  And that's exactly what happened to me.  So instead of making one trip to get this taken care of all at one place, I now had to make four trips at three different places.  1.  The place that told me they couldn't test my car.  2.  The place my car failed the test.  3.  My own mechanic's shop where the problem was fixed and 4. Back to the place where I first failed then passed. 

I'm all for emissions standards, but after all this, I kind of want to refit my car to exhale as much smog as possible.  That will teach the DMV a lesson!


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