Smog Inspection Station

Autocraft is a full-service repair shop and we specialize in smog check, smog check repair, and drive-ability problems. We are s Start Certified station which means that we can perform smog checks on all vehicles including those directed to test-only stations.

Autocraft strives to provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art service that is also timely. We understand our customer’s needs and expectations an try to exceed them. We have been performing smog checks and repairs since late 1970’s when California first implemented a rudimentary smog inspection program. We have two smog technicians with a combined experience of over fifty-two years. We have the latest testing equipment including four new scanners and a new digital oscilloscope in the last two years. Our technicians regularly take part in upgrade training.

Autocraft services is proudly a Star Certified Smog Test & Repair Station which means, it is a licensed Smog Check station that meets higher performance standards to provide a variety of inspection and repair services to California consumers…more effective testing and repairs that will not only save consumers time and money but will also produce cleaner, better running vehicles and helps California in its “clean air mission” to improve the quality of the air we breathe. It also means we are able to perform state subsidized repairs through “CAP” the States “Consumer Assistance Program” of up to $500.00. A STAR Test & Repair station is the only type of smog check center which can inspect, repair and certify any and all vehicles as well Star Certified Smog Test and Repair Stations meet strict testing and repair performance standards each calendar quarter and are inspected by the State of California monthly.

Some vehicles require a Smog Check at a STAR station. STAR stations must meet specified performance standards established by BAR. Some STAR stations are licensed to perform only tests, while others are licensed to perform both tests and repairs. The station is required to post a sign on the services it performs.STAR Label copy

Beginning January 2013, all stations that wish to certify directed and gross-polluting vehicles must meet specific performance standards under the proposed STAR Program. The new program is being developed in response to AB 2289 (Eng, Chapter 258, Statutes of 2010).

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All licensed Smog Check stations and inspectors will have the ability to check their performance in meeting the new standards on this STAR Web page. The data shown on this site is intended to assist licensed Smog Check stations and inspectors in improving their performance prior to the start of the STAR Program in January 2013.

Feel free to explore and become familiar with this new page. By clicking on the hyperlink that points to the Report Card Terms, you can learn more about the STAR Program. For additional information regarding the STAR Program performance measures, eligibility requirements, and definitions see the Regulations that were adopted with Smog Check industry input to establish the program. If, after reviewing this page, you still have questions about the STAR Program, see the STAR Questions & Answers (Q&A) posted on the Industry Home page of the BAR Web site.

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From the Bureau of Automotive Repair, State of California, Dept. of Consumer Affairs

1. General STAR Questions

1.1 How can stations and inspectors find their STAR Program scores?
Visit the STAR Web page to see the scores.

1.2 When did the STAR Program begin?
The STAR Program began January 1, 2013.

1.3 How long does a station have to be in business before it can become STAR certified?
Stations may apply for STAR certification once they have enough data on the short term measures from the previous calendar quarter.

1.4 How often are STAR scores updated?
The STAR performance measures reported on the BAR Web page can be divided into two groups. The first is the short-term measures, which include the Test Deviations, Similar Vehicle Failure Rate (SVFR), and Improper Gear Selection during the ASM test. The second group includes criteria associated with the Follow-up Pass Rate (FPR), which is a long-term performance measure. The short-term scores are updated every month, however, pass/fail decisions are made only on a calendar quarter basis. FPR scores, on the other hand, are calculated and updated on the Web page twice a year, in January and July.

1.5 Can station owners/managers use BAR’s STAR Web site to determine an inspector’s STAR score?
STAR scores are provided for all stations and inspectors licensed to perform Smog Check inspections. Stations looking to enter an inspector into their station analyzer(s) may choose to check an inspector’s FPR score since each inspector’s FPR score will directly affect the station’s STAR certification. Station owners can check an inspector’s performance on the other STAR measures that the station must meet to make sure that the inspector is less prone to adversely affect a station’s STAR scores.
Inspectors also may want to check the STAR scores of stations where they are currently or plan to be entered into the analyzer(s).

1.6 Once a station’s STAR certification is invalidated, how long until that station is eligible to re-apply to the STAR Program?
Stations that have their STAR certification invalidated by BAR are not eligible to apply for the STAR Program for at least six months. A station or any of its inspectors also cannot have received a citation within the last year, nor have been the subject of a BAR administrative action with the last three years. Both are based on the effective date of the citation or administrative action, and not the date of issuance.

1.7 If a STAR-certified station relocates to a new address, will they have to re-apply to the STAR Program?
No, a change of address will not affect a station’s STAR certification.
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1.8 How will motorists know which stations are STAR certified?
The most convenient and up-to-date way for motorists to identify stations that can inspect their vehicles is on the BAR Web page. The page contains a Smog Check station locator tool to help motorists find stations in their area. Visit the Smog Check station locator tool to find a station.

1.9 Can motorists use BAR’s STAR Web site to find stations and inspectors that are more likely to perform a low quality inspection?
BAR is aware that some motorists may try to use the STAR Web site to identify lower-performing Smog Check stations that are more likely to perform an improper Smog Check inspection. To reduce the likelihood of this happening, the STAR Web page has been designed to require that the user know the station or inspector license number in order to conduct a search. While this will not prevent unintended use of the STAR Web page, it will make it less convenient, and hopefully, less common.

1.10 How are the standards for the STAR performance measures generated?
Standards for the STAR performance measures are set by evaluating stations and inspectors against other stations and inspectors throughout the Smog Check program. For an explanation of how each STAR performance measure is evaluated, click on the title of any of the performance measures shown on the report card feature of the STAR Web page.

1.11 What source of data is used to generate the STAR performance scores?
All STAR performance scores are calculated using data collected by the Smog Check inspection equipment during a vehicle inspection.

1.12 My Smog Check station offers a “free retest” to consumers who fail their initial Smog Check at my station. Will this policy affect my STAR certification, and if so, how?
It could. Stations offering “free retests” must provide two inspections for the price of one whenever a vehicle fails its initial inspection. This can cut into station profits, especially at busy stations where shop owners must forgo additional work to perform the retests. A station’s eligibility for the STAR Program could be jeopardized in situations where stations and inspectors perform incomplete or inaccurate Smog Check inspections to avoid having to provide “free retests.”
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1.13 I own a Smog Check station in a Change of Ownership Area. Can I still become a STAR-certified station even though the majority of vehicles my station inspects are not in a biennial inspection (Enhanced or Basic) area?
Yes. Stations located in a Change of Ownership Area still will have the opportunity to participate in the STAR Program. However, one of the rewards of the Program – the ability to certify directed and gross-polluting vehicles – may not have as much value to a station located outside of an Enhanced Area, or even a Basic Area. Scores for both stations and inspectors from Change of Ownership Areas will be posted on the STAR Web page along with scores for stations and inspectors from the Enhanced and Basic Areas of the state.

1.14 Are there any plans to change the percentage of “directed vehicles”?
Currently there are no plans to change the percentage of “directed vehicles.”

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