For nearly all vehicle owners in the state of California, the mandatory smog test is a biennial affair that normally turns out pretty well unless of course there is a problem detected such as a check engine light or an issue with high emissions.
However, there is an additional bump in the road for a small amount of motorists who may be attempting to complete their smog inspection.
From time to time, while away from home on leisure or for professional matters, one may have a spontaneous idea which reminds him/her of that pending smog inspection that is necessary in order to complete the registration process.
In most instances, no issues will be encountered.. Conversely, if one is attempting to complete a smog check in Santa Maria, which has been labeled as a “basic” smog test area, and the car or truck being inspected is from another city in an area which is known as an “enhanced” smog area, the inspection must be completed utilizing a unique device known as a dynamometer or simply a “Dyno”.
In parts of California where smog pollution is higher, vehicle owners are now required to complete an “enhanced” version of California’s Emissions Test.
This particular device is mandatory for smog inspections performed in densely populated urban areas where emissions levels are significantly elevated such as San Diego, Orange County, Fresno, etc. If you have ever wondered what the difference looks like between a basic area smog test and one that is performed using a Dyno machine, this will give you an idea of what you’re missing:
If you have been residing in an elevated smog area but are planning to move to a basic area, it’s best to make a trip over to the local DMV office and give them all your new info before attempting to complete your smog inspection in that new area.