There's a real advantage to being a test-only facility: you're able to get drivers in and out in roughly 15 minutes. The guys at Van Nuys Smog Check know this as well as anyone, and they're committed to convenience. That's why they stay open seven days a week and make sure every smog check is a quick and painless procedure. All you have to do is pull up, wait your turn, and leave once you've received official confirmation that your car's cough is merely due to seasonal allergies.
The friendly mechanics at Quicky Lube & Tires believe that cars ought to last a while. That's why they help extend the life of engines with synthetic and high-mileage oil changes and perform diagnostics to pinpoint issues before they turn into problems. But their maintenance and repair services are just one of the ways the team keeps rides roadworthy; they also conduct smog inspections and sell tires meant for both foreign and domestic vehicles.
When cars leave Dr. Smog N Lube, they roll out with an engine full of new, clean oil and a clean bill of health from the state. Technicians bolster cars with regular- and synthetic-oil changes, tire rotations, and safety inspections that check 18 separate points. During state-emission inspections, the staff tests each car to make sure its smog output is below the legal limit and awards passing vehicles with a state-certified approval before sending them on their way to brag about it at the nearest gas pump.
In the state of California, smog tests are required every two years for all vehicles, from cars to mobile homes. At STAR-certified Smog Center locations, licensed
technicians help owners stay compliant and air friendly through a three-step process. It begins with a visual inspection of the vehicle for obvious emissions problems, followed by a functional exam and an evaluation. But what the process doesn't include is a sales pitch: since the facility is a test-only center, the staff doesn't try to sell owners on extra repairs, nor on gold watches conveniently located in a mechanic's trenchcoat.
Parking a car outside leaves it vulnerable to wind, rain, and—in some cases—roofing tar. Fortunately, 26th Street Auto Center’s team of highly trained mechanics—who are also certificated in auto-paint reconditioning services––is able to restore these kinds of defiled vehicles, as shown on their Facebook page. The staff also applies their knowledge of automotive repair and maintenance––from tire replacement and oil changes to interior detailing and air-conditioning repairs––to any type of foreign or domestic car. In addition, they exude even more confidence when tending to hybrids and rare luxury vehicles, such as Teslas and Fiskers, much like a rocket scientist building a papier-mâché volcano.