STAR Advantage

STAR Stations Stand for Excellence

Any car requiring a smog check may voluntarily have their car tested at a STAR Smog Check Station. These stations have been identified by the State of California as the highest performing in the market, and provide a high standard of consumer care. It is in the interest of California’s Clean Air goals that the best performers in the Smog Check Program be supported so they can continue to provide excellent service in the market.

How do I find a STAR Certified Station?

The easiest way to find a STAR certified station is to use our zip code station locator. Only Bureau of Automotive Repair certified STAR stations may be listed in our directory. The certification process will not conclude before the program implementation on January 1, 2013. So the guaranteed way to find a STAR certified station in your area is through our service.
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Why did the DMV direct me to a STAR certified Station?

What is a STAR Certified Smog Check Station?
Advancements in automotive technology has changed the testing requirements of vehicles. Not all vehicles require the same test. As part of California’s continuing efforts to meet it’s air quality goal, the smog check market in 2013 will be changed to include different types of tests for different vehicle makes, models, and years. If this sounds confusing, you are correct! Not every station will have every type of testing equipment to meet your vehicle’s needs. A STAR station is certified for high performance and must meet the requirements of all vehicles in market. STAR is the only One Stop Shop in the market for your testing needs. Look for the red sign with the bold STAR and know for certain you are in a station that can meet your testing needs.

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