we are a Star Certified smog test and repair station. Smog tests can fail for numerous reasons including a check engine light that is on, high emission gas failure, evaporated leak and even missing or defective parts. Our certified smog check mechanics can properly diagnose and repair your car or truck if it should fail a smog test. We use the latest factory computerized smog check equipment to repair your car right the first time saving you time and money.
What is the Consumer Assistance Program?
The Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) provides financial assistance for qualified consumers whose vehicles fail their biennial (every-other-year) Smog test. The statutory authority for CAP is found in the Health and Safety Code and is implemented through regulations adopted by the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR). Participation in CAP is limited to available funds.
How do I qualify for CAP?
CAP offers two options for consumers whose vehicles fail their biennial smog test:
Qualified consumers can receive financial assistance toward smog emissions-related repairs to help their vehicles pass their smog test. Approved applicants must take their vehicles to a STAR certified smog repair station for repairs. STAR certified stations are licensed Smog test facilities that are independently owned and under contract with the State of California. There are two ways to qualify for repair assistance.
Qualified consumers whose household incomes meet the income guidelines (derived from the federal poverty guidelines) can receive financial assistance toward smog emissions-related repairs. A co-payment is required and will be applied toward diagnosis and smog emission-related repairs. The CAP application includes an income eligibility table to help consumers determine if they meet the income requirements.
Directed Vehicle Eligible:
Certain vehicles are directed to Smog Test Only or Star Certified stations for their initial smog tests. If your Department of Motor Vehicles registration notice requires a smog test at a Test-Only or STAR certified station, and your vehicle fails, you may qualify for financial assistance toward smog emissions related repairs at a STAR certified repair station. Smog Test Only stations cannot perform repairs. A co-payment is required and will be applied toward diagnosis and emissions-related repairs.
Eligible consumers can receive payment to retire their high-polluting vehicle. There are no income or Directed Vehicle eligibility requirements. Approved applicants must take their vehicle to an authorized dismantler. The vehicle must pass a visual and operational inspection before it is retired.
How do I apply?
You must first submit an application. Do not have any repairs done to your vehicle until you are notified that your application has been approved. If you applied for repair assistance, you will then receive an approval letter and a list of STAR certified stations. If you applied for vehicle retirement, you will receive an approval letter and a list of contracted dismantlers.
Click here for the Smog Test Consumer Assistance Application
For any further questions regarding a smog test or the CAP program come by our shop or call Bob Lee Automotive (310) 542-4239