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Bob Lee Automotive is licensed for all your smog test and repair needs.

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.

    We Cover All California Smog Test and Repairs

  • Test Only
  • Repair Only
  • Test & Repair
  • Star Test Only
  • Star Test & Repair (CAP)

    California Vehicles Exempt From Smog Tests

  • Gasoline-powered vehicles model year 1975 and older
  • Natural gas-powered vehicles weighing over 14,000 lbs
  • Diesel-powered vehicles that are model year 1997
  • Diesel vehicles with a gross weight rating of over 14,000 lbs
  • Electric vehicles
  • Motorcycles

We also offer the CAP Program for smog tests (AKA) The Consumer Assistance Program.

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:

Repair Assistance:
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.

Income Eligible:
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.

Vehicle Retirement:
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


  • If my car fails the smog test do I have to pay for a re-test?

    If your car fails the smog test and you have the repairs done by us the answer is no.  We do not charge you twice for a smog test.

  • If I reset my engine light will I pass smog?

    The answer is no.  If your engine light is on we need to connect a scan tool and read your vehicles computer to find out what the problem is so we can fix it.  A vehicles will not pass smog if the engine light is on nor will it pass if you just reset your computer to turn it off.

  • Can installing a new car battery cause me to fail the smog test?

    If you have a new battery installed in your vehicle without keeping power going to your vehicles computer from an alternate source the memory will be reset causing you to fail the smog test.  Your vehicle’s computer stores important information regarding emissions and other diagnostics from several sensors that needs to be read by a smog test machine.  If your battery is disconnected your vehicles memory is erased and it takes 50-100 miles of driving to gather that information again before you can get a smog test.

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