Smog Check & emission repair in Mission Viejo, CA


Auto Care Experts is an official CA licensed and STAR Certified SMOG Test and Repair station in Mission Viejo. We are committed to helping California and the Clean Air Act by providing professional smog inspections and repairs by ASE Certified technicians. We are capable and certified to inspect and repair most foreign and domestic vehicles. CA Smog Check Program not only helps reduce vehicle’s effect on the environment, but also improves air quality. California state law states that all automobiles that were made in 1976 or after are required to complete biennial smog checks.

Failure of a smog check because of high emission levels will require repairs and be re-tested at a certified smog check repair center once repairs are complete. STAR Certified Smog Check centers are around to provide a more professional level of repair and service than your average auto repair shop. STAR Smog Centers must meet or exceed specific criteria established by the Bureau of Automotive Repair. We suggest calling your shop prior to repair to ensure they are not a test only facility. At Auto Care Experts we provide both testing and repair. Call (949) 588-9813 or stop by 23662 Via Fabricante, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 for service.

When to Get a Smog Check

The requirements for a smog inspection are based on a few different variables. These include vehicle history, probability of failure and other vehicle statistics, such as age and weight. Vehicle registration renewal letters sent out by the Department of Motor Vehicles will also inform you if the state requires an inspection. If required on the front of your registration renewal form, you will see “SMOG Certification Required” or "SMOG Certification required at a STAR station". If directed by the State to a STAR station, make sure the station you are taking your vehicle for smog is a STAR Certified station, otherwise your smog certificate will not be issued and electronically transmitted to DMV. If this wording is not on the front of your renewal notice, you do not need your vehicle smogged until the following year. If you don’t know or want to be sure stop by Auto Care Experts and one of our smog check technicians will help you. Smog check is also required for initial registration of out-of-state vehicles or title transfers.

What is a STAR Smog Check Program

The STAR Smog Check Program was implemented to preserve and safeguard the air quality in the state of California. Over 10,000,000 emission inspections are performed on vehicles every year in California - that's why the quality of the inspection is important. STAR stations and smog inspectors working there must meet specified performance standards established by the CA Bureau of Automotive Repair. The continuous efforts to meet federal regulations and decrease pollution are vital to preserving our states air quality. Call Auto Care Experts at (949) 588-9813 or stop by 23662 Via Fabricante, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 and let one of our expert smog check technicians inspect your vehicle and provide the repairs you require quickly and efficiently. Walk in and same day service are available as well as local shuttle service. Schedule your inspection online today!


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