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Vehicle Inspections and Smog/Emissions Inspections in California

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Inspections in California: Vehicle and Smog/Emissions

When you have a vehicle shipped to California, there are certain things you must do in order to lawfully have the car registered in the state. First you must be registered as a resident. From there, you can begin the process of vehicle registration. This process may require you to pass a vehicle inspection or smog/emission inspection before it can be registered. You will have anywhere from 10 to 20 days depending on circumstances, to complete this process so it is best to get started right after the vehicle enters the state.

Vehicle Inspections And Smogemissions Inspections In California

What Is Included in a Vehicle Inspection?

Internal Inspection

  • Review of the engine compartment- check for leaks, fluid levels, condition of belts, and safe start features
  • Cab check and engine start- pressure gauges, mirrors, windshield, wipers, emergency equipment, lights, heater/AC, and brakes
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External Inspection

  • Steering - check boxes, hoses and linkage
  • Suspension - check springs, torques, mounts, and shock absorbers
  • Brakes - inspect slack adjustors, pushrods, chambers, hoses and lines, and linings
  • Wheels - check rims, tires, axle seals, hub oil, lug nuts, and spacers
  • Side of Vehicle - doors, windows, mirrors, fuel tank, exhaust system, frame, and drive shaft
  • Rear of Vehicle - splash guards, doors, ties and lifts

Depending on the vehicle type, other facets of the vehicle may be inspected also. Everything listed above is checked over to assure it is in good condition. Each facet inspected must meet the state standards before it can pass vehicle inspection.

What Is Included in a Smog/Emissions Inspection?

After establishing residency you have 20 days to complete California’s smog/emissions inspection. If you are already a registered resident, a new car may only have 10 days to pass this inspection. However, not all vehicles must undergo this inspection.

Vehicles Exempt from the Smog/Emissions Test

  • Gasoline powered vehicles made in 1975 and older
  • Diesel powered vehicles made in 1997 and older
  • Natural gas powered vehicles weighing over 14,000 lbs
  • Diesel powered vehicles weighing over 14,000 lbs
  • Electric or hybrid vehicles
  • Motorcycles

All vehicles are required to take a biannual smog/emissions test unless they are 6 years or older. In this case, as the owner you will be charged $20 annually for a smog abatement fee for the first 6 years. After 6 years of paying the smog abatement fee, you are required to take the biannual test.

Popular Shipping Routes

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Here's our most popular routes from 🇺🇸 California (CA)

Sacramento to New York, New York
Sacramento to Los Angeles, California
Sacramento to Chicago, Illinois
Sacramento to Houston, Texas
Sacramento to Phoenix, Arizona
Sacramento to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Sacramento to San Diego, California
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Sacramento to San Jose, California
Sacramento to Austin, Texas
Sacramento to Jacksonville, Florida
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Sacramento to Columbus, Ohio
Sacramento to Indianapolis, Indiana
Sacramento to Charlotte, North Carolina
Sacramento to San Francisco, California
Sacramento to Seattle, Washington
Sacramento to Denver, Colorado
Sacramento to Washington, District of Columbia
Sacramento to Nashville, Tennessee
Sacramento to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Sacramento to El Paso, Texas
Sacramento to Boston, Massachusetts
Sacramento to Portland, Oregon
Sacramento to Las Vegas, Nevada
Sacramento to Detroit, Michigan
Sacramento to Memphis, Tennessee
Sacramento to Louisville, Kentucky
Sacramento to Baltimore, Maryland
Sacramento to Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Sacramento to Albuquerque, New Mexico
Sacramento to Tucson, Arizona
Sacramento to Fresno, California
Sacramento to Kansas City, Missouri
Sacramento to Mesa, Arizona
Sacramento to Atlanta, Georgia
Sacramento to Omaha, Nebraska
Sacramento to Colorado Springs, Colorado
Sacramento to Raleigh, North Carolina
Sacramento to Long Beach, California
Sacramento to Virginia Beach, Virginia
Sacramento to Miami, Florida
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Sacramento to Bakersfield, California
Sacramento to Wichita, Kansas
Sacramento to Arlington, Texas
Sacramento to Aurora, Colorado
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Sacramento to New Orleans, Louisiana
Sacramento to Cleveland, Ohio
Sacramento to Honolulu, Hawaii
Sacramento to Anaheim, California
Sacramento to Lexington, Kentucky
Sacramento to Stockton, California
Sacramento to Corpus Christi, Texas
Sacramento to Henderson, Nevada
Sacramento to Riverside, California
Sacramento to Newark, New Jersey
Sacramento to Saint Paul, Minnesota
Sacramento to Santa Ana, California
Sacramento to Cincinnati, Ohio
Sacramento to Irvine, California
Sacramento to Orlando, Florida
Sacramento to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Sacramento to St. Louis, Missouri
Sacramento to Greensboro, North Carolina
Sacramento to Jersey City, New Jersey
Sacramento to Anchorage, Alaska
Sacramento to Lincoln, Nebraska
Sacramento to Plano, Texas
Sacramento to Durham, North Carolina
Sacramento to Buffalo, New York
Sacramento to Chandler, Arizona
Sacramento to Chula Vista, California
Sacramento to Toledo, Ohio
Sacramento to Madison, Wisconsin
Sacramento to Gilbert, Arizona
Sacramento to Reno, Nevada
Sacramento to Fort Wayne, Indiana
Sacramento to North Las Vegas, Nevada
Sacramento to St. Petersburg, Florida
Sacramento to Lubbock, Texas
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Sacramento to Laredo, Texas
Sacramento to Winston–Salem, North Carolina
Sacramento to Chesapeake, Virginia
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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.


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Mylene Rutllant
It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
★★★★★

Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

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Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!
★★★★★

I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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Cristine Benoit
I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
★★★★★

There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

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By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

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We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

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A-1 Auto Transport is a disclosed agent for the following shipping companies:

Trans Global Auto Logistics, Inc.
3401 E Randol Mill Rd
Arlington, TX 76011
NO. 018191NF
CFR Rinkens
15501 Texaco Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
ABC Worldwide LLC
2840 NW 2nd Ave #105
Boca Raton, FL 33431
NO. 025472F
CSI Logistics
435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
Intl Cargo
45 Campus drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
ShipYourCarNow LLC
1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
Merco Air & Ocean Cargo, Inc.
6 Fir Way
Cooper City, FL 33026
NO. 021869F
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