[ba] bringing a car into CA

Wallace White wallace at stanfordalumni.org
Sat Dec 29 16:11:03 EST 2001

Dan -

You may have heard that a "smog impact fee" of $300 had to be paid when
bringing a used, non-CA emissions car into CA. This was true until a
couple of years ago; now there is no such fee. (Indeed they refunded
smog fees paid, since they were ruled a violation of interstate commerce
or something.)

- Wallace
  '87 5kcstq 180k, smog fee refunded

Dan Simoes wrote:
> My sister may be trying to enroll in vet school in CA when she returns
> from her assignment in the Peace Corps.  I'm not sure if it makes sense
> to get her a car here in NY and have her drive across the country, or
> just get the car out there.
> I know the cars have to be CA approved as far as emissions, but what
> about smog testing, etc?  I seem to recall a few listers telling me it
> was very difficult to bring in a new out-of-state car, at least a few
> years ago.
> Can someone enlighten me?  The CA DMV web pages were not terribly
> helpful.
> Thanks.
> | Dan |
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