The highly trained and experienced auto technicians at Performance Auto Center have been providing professional smog tests for vehicles of all kinds for many years. Ensuring the safety and security of our clients by offering comprehensive tests is our top priority. To learn more about smog tests and when they may be required, read on.
To book a smog test with our expert team today, get in touch with us at (847) 891-7787.
Professional Smog Inspections
Smog Check inspections monitor vehicle emissions and determine whether they are in excess of an acceptable environmental safety standard. Smog Check programs are part of a commitment towards maintaining and improving air quality. As a certified Smog Test and Repair center, Performance Auto Center is authorized to perform Smog checks that meet the standards required for vehicle registration.
We are well-versed in all aspects of the Clean Air Act and emissions testing protocols in the state of Illinois. We’ve been authorized to conduct emissions tests for many years, and we’ve seen all makes and models of cars come through our doors. If your vehicle passes the test, we’ll provide you with all the official documentation you need to prove it. If your vehicle fails the test, we’ll walk you through your next steps one by one. Whether your vehicle passes or fails, let us be your reliable point of reference for all your smog inspections and repairs.
Smog Test for the Health of The Environment
For many of us, owning and utilizing a vehicle is key to the smooth operation of our day-to-day lives. From driving your kids to activities, visiting relatives out of town, and of course, getting yourself to work, having a vehicle is pretty essential.
However, it is no secret that vehicles release their fair share of toxins in the atmosphere, and in today's day and age, we know how important it is to mitigate the impact we have on the natural world. Having an expert conduct a smog test on your vehicle will allow you to understand the chemicals being released by your car and ensure that they are not beyond the legal, environmental limit.
Doing your part to ensure the health of the environment is a noble pursuit, and we are happy to help you fulfill these responsibilities as a car owner.
How Often Do I Need a Smog Test?
Smog Checks are now mandatory when renewing the registration for your vehicle. Once a Smog Certificate has been issued, you may officially register your vehicle within 90 days after passing a Smog Check.
What is a Smog Test?
A smog check procedure ensures that your vehicle is not contributing to the smog in the air. In other words, it’s necessary for the greater good of the environment. Smog checking is a relatively quick process and only takes 20 to about 30 minutes. It’ll make sure your car isn’t releasing extra pollutant emissions and if it is, we’ll just fix the problem for you!
Where Can I Get a Smog Test?
The paperwork for some vehicles require testing exclusively at a STAR center testing station. If your registration documents do not mention the STAR program and you need a Smog Check performed, call Performance Auto Center today to schedule an appointment with one of our authorized technicians.
Our experts have been providing the community with top-tier smog tests for many years, and if your vehicle fails, we can help you take proactive steps forward so you can get your car back on the road legally, as soon as possible.
Affordable Smog Testing and Repair
Our auto technicians are delighted to be able to provide high-quality smog repair services at very competitive prices. For most vehicles, smog testing will be offered at a set amount, but we will survey the age and model of your car and provide you with the cost to ensure there are no hidden fees on the final bill.
In addition to offering affordable testing, if your vehicle fails the test, we are happy to write up a detailed estimate for the cost of the repair before we begin working on your car. Depending on the age and health of your vehicle, it may be more cost-effective to invest in a new car than to fix the problems you're facing. Either way, our team will be transparent and make you aware of what option is in your best interest.
What If My Vehicle Fails a Smog Test?
If your vehicle fails the Illinois Vehicle Emissions test, you are required to repair and retest your car if you wish to continue operating it. After the test, you’ll receive a number of official documents detailing your car’s test results. Bring these papers to our expert staff, and we’ll analyze the results for you quickly so that you can get back on the road.
The first document we’ll look at is your Vehicle Inspections Report (VIR). The VIR does not explain what’s wrong with your car directly. Instead, it lists the diagnostic trouble codes from the on-board computer. These codes may be nonsense to the average person—but not to us. Our trained and seasoned mechanics will use these codes to decipher the puzzle and locate the source of your car’s emissions failure. From there, we can tell you what repairs are needed and how much they’ll cost.
Emissions Repair Follow-Up
Rest assured, our master mechanics are local specialists. We’ll make quick work of your car’s repair. Whenever possible, we strive to complete same-day service for your convenience. No matter the scope of the job, you can depend on us to give you an accurate time estimate of our work before we start. That way, you can plan the rest of your day accordingly.
When we’re finished, we’ll fill out, sign, and securely submit your Repair Data Form (RDF) online on your behalf. The RDF is proof that your car has been repaired by an authorized professional. We’ll then give you all the itemized receipts you’ll need to have your car retested, either at our facility, or elsewhere.
Only a certified general auto mechanic can repair your vehicle if it has failed a Smog test inspection. Performance Auto Center mechanics are authorized to diagnose and repair any car, truck, or SUV in order to meet the standards required by the local DMV.
So what do you do next? There are a variety of options to choose from when it comes to a vehicle that has failed a smog test. The first is to think things through and decide whether your automobile is worth repairing. If your car is on its last legs, and has been causing you to spend big bucks on tiny repairs, then it might be time to say goodbye. Retiring a vehicle is never easy to do, but if the expenses outweigh the results then you just might have to do that. If retiring your car is not an option, then you can have it repaired and retested by our licensed smog check repair technician.