I had a decent smog experience today and I wanted to give this locally owned and operated smog shop an honorable mention. I was notified this week by the DMV that my car needed a smog certification. I tried talking it in yesterday to Pep Boys by Manchester Mall and much to my surprise they didn’t have a smog tech available to get this done. Big fail on Pep Boys. I noted this little shop later in the day and I decided to stop by this afternoon on a whim (no appointment) to see if they could help me.
They took me right in and literally did the test in 15 minutes. He also handles all the DMV paperwork, registration, and transfer fee and he takes credit cards (for a nominal $1 fee). I didn’t have the forms with me so I just paid for the smog test and I’m going to go back tommorrow to finish up the paperwork and be done. I was so excited and relieved to hear that I wasn’t going to have to go back to an actual DMV office and wait in line again. Just a side note and heads up: They charge $40 to do the DMV electronically for you and they a little coy (maybe even a little under handed about it) so I wanted to make sure and mention that. That point kind of ruined the great experience that I thought I was having with them to just “good” or OK. At least I’m done with the process now.
Express Smog & Repair is located at 2626 N Blackstone Ave, Fresno, CA 93703 and is south of Shields Ave next door to Auto Zone. If you need to get a smog check and certification done really fast and very economically you should check them out. It’s a little bit of a dive shop and they have no website.