Depending on where you register your vehicle, you may be required to have a smog and vehicle emissions test performed annually, biennially, or not at all. In some states, Some such as Georgia, Texas and Tennessee, only certain counties or metro areas require such testing (and/or vehicle inspections).
How much does it cost to have a smog check? Where do you get them and, more important, where can you get them cheaply? Here are some suggestions.
Where to get a smog check
Only certified smog check stations can perform smog and vehicle emissions testing. Check your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), Department of Public Safety, or other agency for links to approved smog check facilities. Here are a few examples:
- In Tennessee, testing information and station schedules are available through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC).
- The Nevada DMV has an online listing of emission stations.
- Test station information is available in Connecticut from the Connecticut Emissions Program.
- In Texas, the Texas Department of Public Safety lists Recognized Emissions Repair Facilities for motorists whose vehicles fail the emissions test.
- Massachusetts.gov provides an online locator for Massachusetts vehicle inspection station and registered emissions repair shops.
The Georgia Clean Air Force website lists links for information on other state’s emission testing.
Where to find deals on smog check
Why pay full price for a smog check – especially if this is an annual requirement in your state, county or metro area? The easiest way to find smog check facilities offering deals is to do an online search for “smog coupons” or “smog check coupons” in your zip code.
Many smog check centers place ads in local printed media, offering smog check test discounts up to 30 percent.
Keep in mind that coupons or discounts may have terms and conditions attached, so it pays to read the fine print.
In Nevada, test stations are privately owned and decentralized, according to the Nevada DMV. The DMV sets maximum testing fees for each year. Stations are free to offer discounts, but they must post their charges along with an official DMV sign.
Here is a sampling of some locations offering coupons or discounts on smog testing:
- Jiffy Testing – Las Vegas and Henderson, NV. (Smog check $16-$24, diesel test $10 off)
- Yellowpages.com – Smog check coupons for testing facilities in Chandler, AZ
- AAA – Certain locations offer smog checks and car owners can also get their vehicle registration done in the same place.
- Smogtips.com lists testing facilities offering coupons for smog check and emission testing in California. Coupons are available for regular smog check, STAR station smog check and smog check repair.
Bottom line: There are many licensed smog check stations and facilities to choose from. Since the prices may be considerably different for the same testing, shop around for the best deal to save money on this recurring (for some) vehicle expense.