Smog Check Failed? Do it right.
You’re with group of co-workers, friends or family and lamenting that your BMW or MINI failed the smog test, when someone pipes up, (pun intended) “I know someone who can pass it for you”. OK. We know those people are out there. It sucks for all of us, especially the techs who are following the rules and regs of the program and doing the checks perfectly, (even if you don’t like the outcome).
California is revising the Smog Check program and the new law has a provision for a fine to the car owner of $5000.00 for falsifying information in regards to the Smog Test! So it’s like “it takes two to tango”, and it’s fines all around!
We hope you will do the right thing and get your BMW or MINI fixed correctly so that it passes smog and you are driving clean. But, if you decide to go the that “other” route, realize now that it is not just the technician who can be busted and lose his license.
The next time this type of conversation comes up around the water cooler, you can enlighten your buds to the reality of the new and improved Smog Check Program. Just do it right, please.