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Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: glorious Galt CA
For a while up in the Bay Area they were setting up drive-by sniffers, and if you stank too bad they'd send a copper after you to make you go get inspected, fixed and inspected. I think that program died-out, or technology obviated it. I've never seen one of these modern roadsides- the only one I had ever been in was in.... '76? and all they cared about was horn, lights, wipers, glass and tires. No hood-popping.
Interesting that station is outside Vacaville, somehow I'd never seen one. But the last smog cheating I've done was taking the air pump off the 2000. Oh, and I guess the 510 with the L-24 wasn't quite legit....
In CA the seller of a used car is required to include a valid smog cert, but I don't think I've ever gotten a car with one, I've always had them tested myself.