johnf said:This is OT: I read this thread's title and briefly wondered if California had suceded from the U.S.
Bmwcat said:California has stricter emission standards than the rest of the US due to large population and the terrain that can trap smog. The law here also states that the seller of any vehicle must smog-test that vehicle. The cost may or may not be passed on to the buyer. Hope that helps, John!