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Old 03-28-2016, 03:29 AM
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For older cars, you also need to get a smog check
How old?
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Old 03-28-2016, 12:32 PM
 
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How old?
I'm not positive. It may be for cars older than 5 years old which means I'll have to have mine smogged this year. That means time and money to go smog it and getting a smog certificate. I won't know until October when my registration is due.
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Old 03-28-2016, 04:16 PM
 
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Are you talking about for California? Cause KY does not have a required smog test for cars anymore. VET ended years ago.
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Old 03-28-2016, 04:17 PM
 
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In CA I paid this year $178 for annual registration. The fee does go down with each year as the car depreciates. For older cars, you also need to get a smog check done on it which is more $$$. My car is a 2011 kia so the fees in Kentucky aren't bad but that's true of almost every tax and fee imaginable compared to CA.
Pa is like that as are a lot of Northereastern states. A total scam. Two inspections that the garage has carte blanche to charge whatever they want b'cause your car is hostage. Incredibly expensive.
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Old 03-28-2016, 04:46 PM
 
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Are you talking about for California? Cause KY does not have a required smog test for cars anymore. VET ended years ago.
Yes, I am talking about CA. Kentucky will hopefully be much easier and somewhat less expensive.
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Old 03-28-2016, 04:50 PM
 
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Pa is like that as are a lot of Northereastern states. A total scam. Two inspections that the garage has carte blanche to charge whatever they want b'cause your car is hostage. Incredibly expensive.
Exactly. Unless you are a mechanic, you have to trust what they tell you and if your car doesn't pass for whatever reason, you could spend a lot more making repairs and the smogging it again until it passes. You could be out a lot of money making needless repairs just to get your car registered.
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Old 03-29-2016, 08:20 AM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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If they did inspections in Kentucky or Indiana traffic would greatly improve as 1/3 the vehicles around here wouldn't pass.
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Old 03-30-2016, 04:50 AM
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Exactly. Unless you are a mechanic, you have to trust what they tell you and if your car doesn't pass for whatever reason, you could spend a lot more making repairs and the smogging it again until it passes. You could be out a lot of money making needless repairs just to get your car registered.
It seems obvious to me that you should never pay a mechanic to fix problems he finds. Find a mechanic who is good at inspections and diagnosis, then go to a mechanic who is good at fixing those problems. Using the same mechanic for both gives them a clear conflict of interest, which can be very costly.
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Old 03-30-2016, 06:25 AM
 
Location: Covington KY
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Thank you for the discussion. This makes me feel a little better. The KY DMV website is a little confusing. I'm going to give them a call today or tomorrow and I'll let you know what they tell me. My registration renewal for my new car here in FL was around $58 and we don't have that inspection stuff. When I was a kid I remember going thru the inspection with my mom but they ended that in the 80's here.
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Old 03-30-2016, 06:39 AM
 
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It seems obvious to me that you should never pay a mechanic to fix problems he finds. Find a mechanic who is good at inspections and diagnosis, then go to a mechanic who is good at fixing those problems. Using the same mechanic for both gives them a clear conflict of interest, which can be very costly.
In order for your car to be "smogged", it has to be certified by a state authorized smog station. These are specific mechanic shops that are certified by the state that have the equipment to do this work. These same places that do the smog test are also the ones that will usually make needed repairs or tweaks to your exhaust system in order for your car to pass.
If you take your car someone else after it fails, that mechanic wouldn't be able to diagnose why your car didn't pass the smog inspection or retest it to see if the repairs he made solved the problem.
In other words, you can take your car elsewhere if your car fails the inspection but then you still have to take it back to the original shop or another shop that does these inspections and they are the ones will retest it and certify it if it passes.
The mechanic you chose to take your car to for the repairs is pretty much doing it blindly since he doesn't have the capability to know what needs to be repaired and retest it. The testing is done by sticking a tube in the exhaust pipe and hooking it up to a special computer that reads exactly what exhausts your car is spewing out and in what quantity.
I hope some of this makes sense.
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