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Old 02-01-2010, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Olympus Mons, Mars
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I have a 2004 Nissan that I bought brand new in Feb 2004 and for the first time I received a notice that I require a smog check for registration renewal. Now, I thought vehicles 6 model years old or less are exempted. Mine will be 6 model years old this year so why am I receiving this notice?
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Old 02-01-2010, 11:23 PM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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I thought it was only 4 years exempt. Did they change the law again?
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Old 02-01-2010, 11:33 PM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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Just checked and the law was changed to the following: From the California DMV

Starting January 1, 2005, owners of vehicles six or less model years old will pay an annual smog abatement fee for the first six registration years instead of being required to provide a biennial smog certification. The registration renewal notice mailed to you by the department will indicate if a smog certification is required.

You stated that you have a 2004 model year car and since it is 2010 your 6 years are now over and you get to join the ranks of us that smog their cars every other year. Welcome to the club. The state gave you the 1st 6 years off. Like many of us we used to wonder why the state would require someone to smog a newer car. I remember when you were allowed to take the 1st 4 years off. Glad to hear it is up to the 1st 6 years now.
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Old 02-02-2010, 12:06 AM
 
Location: Sacramento, Placerville
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I have a 2007 Ford Ranger. This summer I was required to get a smog check. I asked the DMV about the four year exemption and went around in circles with them until I just had to pay for the damn smog check to keep the thing registered.

The DMV didn't have an answer other than, "because the computer said so."

I know of two other people who went through the same problem, and ultimately, they gave up and got a smog check because it was easier than trying to get the DMV to acknowledge state laws.
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Old 02-02-2010, 09:14 AM
 
Location: El Dorado Hills, CA
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The DMV didn't have an answer other than, "because the computer said so."
Yep, god forbid they have to actually think once in a while.
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Old 02-02-2010, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Olympus Mons, Mars
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my vehicle is well maintained, has 70k miles on it...let's hope it passes the smog check. I'm more worried about being ripped off with unnecessary smog repairs by unscrupulous shops and we all know how many of those there are. Do you know what the typical causes of smog check failure are? Is it likely for a car with 70k miles to fail the smog check? I know there is an emissions warranty for the first 80k miles or 8 yrs from the manufacturer.
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Old 02-02-2010, 10:27 AM
 
Location: El Dorado Hills, CA
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my vehicle is well maintained, has 70k miles on it...let's hope it passes the smog check. I'm more worried about being ripped off with unnecessary smog repairs by unscrupulous shops and we all know how many of those there are. Do you know what the typical causes of smog check failure are? Is it likely for a car with 70k miles to fail the smog check? I know there is an emissions warranty for the first 80k miles or 8 yrs from the manufacturer.
Just go to a test only station that does not do repairs. A well maintained car with only 70k on it should pass just fine.
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Old 02-02-2010, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Central Coast
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First of all, ya'll live in the wrong country, second, before the test, just before the test, change your oil, and all filters.
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Old 02-02-2010, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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One of our cars is a 2000 Hyundai Accent with 118,000 plus miles and it has always passed. My thought is that if you maintain your car regullarly and take care of it, change the oil, filters, ect that you should for the most part be fine.
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Old 02-02-2010, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Central Coast
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wrong word, read county for country.
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