It can be a tough life running an automotive repair shop whether you are in Los Angeles or San Francisco, Eureka or Union City. On one side you have the customers, and they can get very angry with you when you fail their vehicle in a SMOG test as required by California law.
Receiving a citation is never fun. Even if it is a speeding citation from California’s Highway Patrol it can make you nervous. Sure, there’s the fine. Then there’s the ding to your license, and your insurance will go up. But at least you can keep driving.
Many SMOG techs and station owners – probably the large majority – are reluctant to get into a fight. We might be out driving somewhere, and someone insults or threatens us, but we turn the other cheek.
Every hero has a sidekick. You can call them buddies, amigos, cohorts, assistants, colleagues, or associates. Sherlock Holmes had Dr. Watson, Batman had Robin, and Han Solo had Chewbacca. Sidekicks aren’t necessary there for comic relief or a “side story.”
Many SMOG stations and STAR Program participants are expressing concerning over the regulatory environment between the BAR97 machine and the newer OIS (On-board Diagnostic Inspection System) machine, especially controversy as to when each machine is required to be used. In some situations, the Bureau of Automotive Repair can express concerns about the proper or improper use of […]