Moving to California

My son must buy a car for the three months he will live in Ohio before moving to California later this year. We expect it to be a certified used car, 2004 or newer. What should he expect for emissions testing and possible upgrading when he gets to California? (Waiting to buy the car there is not an option.) Thanks!

If your car passes in Ohio it will pass in CA. We get this “CA.special emission” question quite frequently. The posts can be found with the search feature.

What lead you to suspect your car needed “upgraded” for CA?

No testing is done in Ohio. Though it wouldn’t be a bad idea as some of the vehicles I’ve seen around here need to be recycled into new ones. A vehicle that’s been made in this century should pass in Cali, if it’s been maintained properly.