- Mar 25, 2008
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The amount of misinformation in this thread is staggering.
It's 2020. Fines from the BAR start at 5k PER incidence and escalate to 50k. No one who makes a living doing smogs on vehicles in CA would risk it anymore, unless they are an illegal and can run to mexico to fix shit down there if they get fucked.
CA has much higher standards than most of the other 50 states, and manufacturers have been making all their vehicles except for fleet to CA standards, because there are 13 states that have adopted CA's stupid tree hugging standard.
Actually fines start at $500.00 and that would be the likely penalty for someone who just got lazy and didn’t look for the EO number on the cat. Believe it or not there are and always were quite a few people doing smogs who are willing to risk it for money. BAR doesn’t typically hit those people with fines,. They do a complete investigation and catch them doing several cars, then charge them criminally with felony perjury. They always lose their license. I once got a smog guy charged with 17 felony counts for clean piping 17 vin and license numbers on cars I had locked in a warehouse. Turns out he was a registered sex offender
What’s interesting is that the California standards are not much different from the other states. They are there primarily to keep CARB in power.