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Forms and Publications for First-Time Drivers

by Melissa Crumish on

Learning to drive comes with many challenges, including the application process. Trying to solve which forms to submit can be more difficult than figuring out how to parallel park. To help you along, the following lists contain all the possible forms and publications you may need – contingent on your situation and state – for […]

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What to Do if Your Car Fails an Emissions Test by Nadia Ibanez on

Depending where you call home, you may be required to take your vehicle in for a smog check. Pass and you’ll be given a certificate, allowing you to register the vehicle. Fail and you’ll need to make the necessary repairs (out of your pocket) in order to make your vehicle smog-compliant.   Failing the Emissions […]

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Do You Know Your State’s Smog and Vehicle Emissions Requirements? by Melissa Crumish on

A smog check is only required in designated states, cities, and counties, usually in conjunction with the vehicle registration process. Your Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will alert you if an emissions test is required. Each emissions testing program is governed differently, but in general the following vehicles are exempt from testing: New vehicles that […]

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How and Where to Get Your Vehicle Emissions Checked by Melissa Crumish on

Reside in a state or area that requires smog check certification for vehicle registration? If yes, you need to visit a state-approved emissions test station. Any ol’ car mechanic won’t do. Find a Smog Test Station Most states, cities, and regions that require emissions test certification provide handy emissions-specific websites (a select few states merge […]

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Why It’s Important to Get Your Emissions Checked by Melissa Crumish on

In life’s “I’ve Got to do This Again Already?” list, a smog check ranks at the top with dental appointments and attending your sister’s kids’ holiday dance recitals. It’s always a test of patience. Regardless of how well you plot your visit, so as to arrive at mid-afternoon on a Tuesday in the middle of […]

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What is Smog? by Nadia Ibanez on

Smog is a type of air pollution caused by a number of factors including: The burning of fossil fuels Power plant emissions Vehicular emissions from cars, buses and trucks; the main source of smog in urban areas Smog causes: Soot and other pollutants to infiltrate the air Hazy sky conditions Adverse health effects (see below) Health […]

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Tax Deductible Car Registration Fees by Josh Tyson on

Tax deductions put funny songs in our head. Well, mostly “Pennies from Heaven,” because deductions have to rain quite a bit before you feel net effect. Still, it’s worth investigating tax deductible auto registration fees. Just don’t start picturing monsoons of money. Are registration fees deductible? Generally, you can declare vehicle registration fees on your […]

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