I took my old car to be smogged for the first time since it is about 5 years old and the DMV required it to renew my registration this time. My check engine light was on which he saw right when arrived because I saw him glance at it twice, but I didn't think it was a problem and though he would tell me if it was. In the lobby I heard 3 different people quoted ridiculous repair costs to make their cars pass smog also, and the workers made it sound like it took rocket science to diagnose and fix each of their problems. I know a little about repairing cars since I have helped my friends rebuild and fix a few pickup trucks, cars, a $80K Shelby Cobra show car, and a $100K+ turbo Supra from Fast And The Furious, I'm just not really familiar with smogging a car because I was too lazy to research it before going to a smog shop. After an hour a guy hooked up my car to the machines and another hour later he took my money and at the very end (he made sure it was after I paid him because he said "Let me ring you up first, then we can go over the details." when I began to question him about it) told me it didn't pass because of the check engine light. He said it would cost between $400-$800 to fix it before it could be re-tested. He said "First it will cost about $160 for the problems to be diagnosed because we have to run it though a series of tests on our computers. We have to do that to be sure what the problems are or we can't fix anything. Then it will cost about $400-$600 to fix the problems depending on how many things are wrong with it. It will take about 2 days to gather the necessary parts to fix the problems so you might cost more if we have to keep it another day. " I left and did what I should have done in the first place instead of being lazy and paying someone to fix my car for me...I looked on the internet for my car's computer's error codes and found out what the problem really was. I spent 5 mins of internet research to see what the 2 error codes meant, 20 min round trip to a local auto parts store to buy a $45 part that was in stock and easily available (they actually had 6 in stock), and 10 mins to replace the part myself. Instead of the quoted $600-$800+, I spent $45 to do it myself. This proves they were intentionally trying to rip me off since they said they would have to fix and replace multiple parts and pay for 2 days of labor when they already knew what those simple computer error codes meant. I took it back for a "free re-test" that they advertise and it passed the smog this time, but I WILL NEVER RETURN THESE SCAMMERS AGAIN, AND YOU SHOULDN'T EITHER!!!
Pros: They seemed to be friendly but are just good at conning you.
Cons: They quoted and perform very expensive, unnecessary repairs