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Hi I am the owner of a grey market 450 the was previously registered in WA. I am trying to register it in CA but am being required to have it tested and certified to meet CA epa compliance requirements. It is a G&K converted vehicle and only meets federal emission compliance. My question is, is there anything different on a 49 state legal smart 450 than a 50 state legal smart? Or is it only the fact that the testing was done. G&K wants $2500 to fonvert the car but does it really need anything converted or just a test done?
 

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I am trying to register it in CA but am being required to have it tested and certified to meet CA epa compliance requirements. It is a G&K converted vehicle and only meets federal emission compliance. My question is, is there anything different on a 49 state legal smart 450 than a 50 state legal smart? Or is it only the fact that the testing was done. G&K wants $2500 to fonvert the car but does it really need anything converted or just a test done?
Yes, CA emissions are much tougher than the other 49 states.

Find it odd that G&K doing conversions from their California headquarters would only be meeting 49 state emissions?

Unless you seek the expertise of a savvy CA emissions testing station for direction, appears that $2,500 may be the only answer?
 

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Just want to update you all. I had an appointment at the smog referee today and he passed it and labeled it. I then took that paper to the dmv and they lifted the CARB hold on my registration and gave me my CA plates!!! Yay! I now have a CA legal 450!
 

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You should make sure he waived the biannual inspection for you. CARB stipulates that cars with engines under 50 cubic inches do not have to undergo smog testing every 2 years. First time, then no more.
 

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Unfortunately, that exemption was removed from the books a few years ago. I tried it a few weeks ago at my first smog referee appointment. Would have been nice though!
 

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Curious to know exactly how you got your IM testing done

I have a 450 grey market that I currently have registered in Alaska that I'd like to get titled and registered in California. Anymore on your process would be really helpful to know.

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All I had to do was take the car to a smog referee and after an inspection he passed it and Entered the vehicle into their database. I then went to the dmv with my smog paperwork and got it licensed.
 

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Wow! That's fantastic! I was sure my smart couldn't pass CA emissions testing. Pardon my ignorance, but is a smog referee any old shop that advertises that they do smog tests?
 

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No they are different from regular smog shops. You have tocall and make an appointment. 1-800-622-7733
They are located at various community colleges throughout the state.
 
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