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post #16 of 19 Old 06-25-2014, 06:37 AM
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I did a little poking around and found the following excerpt at the California Department of Consumer Affairs Bureau of Automotive Repair website.

3.) Verify that the vehicle conforms to U.S. and/or California emission control standards.

Check for conformity

The vehicle must meet either U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or California standards. It is legal in California to buy or sell a used vehicle that meets only federal standards.

Look for an underhood label

1971 and newer vehicles have label showing that they were manufactured to meet either California or U.S. standards. The label is affixed in the engine compartment or in a readily accessible location. At the top of the label are the words VEHICLE EMISSION CONTROL INFORMATION and the corporate name or trademark of the manufacturer.

Gray market (direct import) vehicles not originally designed to meet U.S. specifications may require major modifications and must be certified by the Air Resources Board before registration in California.

If you encounter any vehicle without a label indicating that it meets either U.S. or California standards, watch out. Beware of unsubstantiated claims that the vehicle meets the standards or that it can be easily equipped with pollution control devices.

So, it does encourage the buyer to use caution if this label is not present, however it doesn't seem to explicitly state that the label is required to be present. Of course, this has more to do with being able to sell the vehicle rather than pass emissions standards, which I hope California is not relying on some old under hood label to determine.

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post #17 of 19 Old 06-26-2014, 01:35 AM Thread Starter
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Yep, sure enough I needed a new smog shop... Talked to another guy today and he said they have all the info they need on hand to do the smog without the OE sticker. Thanks all!
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post #18 of 19 Old 06-26-2014, 02:18 AM
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Man, Cali is crazy. In this state all they do for cars that have OBD-II is plug into the car to see if it has any uncleared emissions related codes, and you're off. I moved to a smaller town a couple years ago and everyone in the area (because it's not a population dense area) is emissions exempt. After moving here my neighbor promptly supercharged his BMW M3 and put full performance exhaust without O2 sensors on it. He recently traded it in for a truck though, that's going to be one pissed off buyer if they don't change or disclose it haha. Now that I think about it, I hope they tell the next buyer to keep methanol in the little tank in the trunk, that's what keeps the engine together...

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post #19 of 19 Old 06-26-2014, 12:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Kenc17
Yep, sure enough I needed a new smog shop... Talked to another guy today and he said they have all the info they need on hand to do the smog without the OE sticker. Thanks all!
If you do need a picture of the sticker let me know mine is a 98 with ca emissions
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