It’s that time of every-other year again. Time to renew my automobile registration, and it came with the words “SMOG Certification Required at a Test Only or Gold Sheild station.” I’m not sure what a Gold Shield station is, but I’m all too familiar with Test Only stations. My catalytic converter went out before my last SMOG check and I spent a good amount of time at:
Epps Test Only Center
183 Wyoming St
When I called this time, however, I let the phone ring about 15 times and no one picked up. I did have a coupon for:
Clear Blue Test Only SMOG Station
3790 Hopyard Road
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Time to price shop. Clear Blue’s normal price for my ’98 Toyota Camry V6 was $89.95, plus $10 for the certificate. Without the coupon that would be pretty steep, but the coupon brought the price down to $44.95 plus $10, or $54.95 total.
The next two places I called were a little farther away, in Dublin, but still within my shopping range:
All Smogs Test Only Center
7034 Village Pkwy
The cost at All Smogs was $68.95, including certificate, plus you could get 5 dollars off by bringing in a canned food donation. An appointment was necessary.
Last on my list was:
Discount Smog Check Center
6055 Dougherty Rd
The cost at Discount was $45.20 plus the cost of the certificate. Not enough of a savings for the extra driving, so I chose Clear Blue.
When I arrived the technician was standing out front waiting for a customer. That was me! He collected my paperwork, gave me some to fill out, and then directed me to the waiting area. By the time I got settled, and started my reading, he was backing my car up to where I sat. Fifteen minutes, if that, from start to finish.
If you need a SMOG check at a Test Only center in Pleasanton, California, I highly recommend Clear Blue. They are located on Hopyard Road and Las Positas, right next to the Shell station, and near the DMV.