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1903 Heindon Rd. | Arcata, CA 95521

Smog Check STAR Station

Star Certified Smog Station in Arcata, CA

California requires most vehicles to undergo a smog check every two years. If you’ve received your renewal notice in the mail, visit Franklin's Service. We're a STAR Test and Repair Station proud to serve the emission inspection needs of drivers in Arcata, CA, McKinleyville, CA, Eureka, CA, Blue Lake, CA, and surrounding areas.

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Why California Has a Smog Check Program

Smog checks were introduced in the 1970s as part of the Clean Air Act. Biennial smog checks are mandatory in California due to the high number of registered vehicles. Regular emissions testing reduces excessive smog, keeps pollutants out of the air, and contributes to a healthier state.

Smog Check at Franklin's Service

During a smog check, our team will test your vehicle’s exhaust system to ensure it isn't emitting too many pollutants or too much smog into the environment. Equipped with special tools designed for emissions testing, we will measure the amount of emissions your vehicle produces and compare this amount to California’s standards.

Smog checks are required for many CA vehicles, including:

  • Most vehicles manufactured after 1997.
  • Diesel vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight (GVWR) less than 14,000 lbs.
  • Natural gas powered vehicles less than 14,000 lbs

If your vehicle needs a smog check, put our team to work. We’ll carefully check your car’s emissions and help you determine whether repairs are necessary. In the event your exhaust system needs work, we are certified to perform the repairs.

STAR Certified Testing Station

Franklin's Service is a STAR certified testing facility. This means we meet the high standards put forth by the Bureau of Automotive Repairs. It also means we can test emissions and repair exhausts for vehicles that must test a STAR station, as determined by the DMV and indicated on your smog check notice. We take our reputation seriously and commit ourselves to providing exemplary performance to each and every customer we serve. We've earned our position as a professional STAR smog check station for taking our work seriously and committing ourselves to exemplary exhaust service for each and every customer we see.

Facts About CA Smog Checks

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  • Many counties in California require biennial smog checks.
  • Your renewal notice from the California DMV will tell you where you can go to have a smog check performed; it may specify that your vehicle needs a STAR station.
  • You need to register your vehicles within 90 days of receiving your “smog certificate,” the paper detailing the results of the emissions test.
  • With a few exceptions, you need to produce the current smog certificate when transferring a vehicle.

Smog checks improve air quality in California significantly. Be sure to get your biennial smog check after you receive your notice. At Franklin's Service, we’re happy to check your smog levels and let you know where your vehicle stands. Call or visit us today!

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Address: 1903 Heindon Rd.
Arcata, CA 95521
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