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I think it is necessary but I think brand new vehicles should be exempt safety for the first 2 or 3 years of ownership. And with modern engine technology and reliability it is bullshit to require really extensive emissions testing on newer vehicles. If you have no codes and exhaust leaks you should be good to go but in this state you could pull up in a 2012 vehicle and they still have to plug the smog detector up to the tailpipe. That should not be necessary until cars are 5 or 10 years old.
For us the big deal is not the safety tag, it is emissions. These shops pay insane amounts of money for the equipment and have to pass the cost onto consumers. The safety inspection is like 15 bucks and just involves eye-balling a few things and running function checks. Emissions is usually 60 or 70. And it all must be done yearly.
The cost of fuel to operate a 6000 pound 400 horsepower half ton that does 0-60 in under 7 seconds is kind of like the price of oil changes for a Porche 911. If you have to ask you probably can't afford it.
Last edited by eharri3; 11-25-2012 at 03:27 PM.