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The smog in Southern California can pose a serious health risk for children, the elderly and people who already struggle with a respiratory condition.

As Smog Inspection Facility, Mountain View Tire and Auto Service on Monterey Avenue in Palm Desert is now equipped to help ease our area’s smog problem.

If the registration renewal notice you received from the California DMV states that your vehicle requires a smog check, simply drive to our Palm Desert store located on Monterey Avenue. Our certified technicians will perform a smog check by attaching specialized equipment to the tailpipe and analyzing the exhaust. That process takes just 5 to 7 minutes.

Which Vehicles Require a Smog Check?

The California Department of Motor Vehicles requires that most vehicles be smog tested every two years, prior to their biennial registration.

Those that do not require a smog check include:

  • Hybrid vehicles
  • Electric vehicles 
  • Motorcycles        
  • Trailers              
  • Gas-powered vehicles from 1975 or earlier
  • Diesel-powered vehicles from 1997 or earlier (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating must be more than 14,000 pounds.)
  • Natural gas-powered vehicles (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating must be more than 14,000 pounds.)

Visit the Smog Information page of for more details on smog checks.

What’s Wrong with Your Vehicle?

There are several reasons a vehicle might fail a smog check. It could be a problem with the Exhaust Gas Recirculation System (EGR) or the fuel metering. A faulty distributor cap, ignition coil or spark plugs can contribute to a failing grade. Other causes include burned valves, vacuum leaks and a bad catalytic converter.

How Much Will It Cost?

At Mountain View Tire and Auto Service in Palm Desert, smog checks are now only $39.95, and the State of California certificate is $8.25.

Make an appointment for your smog check here, or stop in and see us any day of the week. We’re open Monday through Friday 7:30am to 6pm, Saturday 7:30am to 5pm, and Sunday 8am to 4pm.

Schedule an Appointment with us today!

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