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I needed a smog certificate and on an early Saturday morning went to my regular guy who owns a small single-employee test shop. I've never had a problem with him before and he's very honest, however for some strange reason he was closed that day. I saw an ad in the Pennysaver for Oceanside Automotive with a coupon for a 28:95 smog check. I historically have had horrible luck hiring anybody that advertises in the Pennysaver, so I was skeptical. Since my regular place was closed and the price was right I gave it a chance, mainly because I knew the condition of the car and that it should pass. The guy was friendy, had a nice shop, and seemed honest. Nevertheless, I was just waiting for them to invent some reason for the car not to pass so they could charge me to "fix it". Shops can do a lot of things to keep a car from passing; some outright dishonest, and others just due to lack of effort, such as warming-up the engine first. Later-on, as I was impatiently waiting for the sure to be coming bad news, to my pleasant surprize, the owner called me to the counter and said that I just passed one of the most difficult tests of my life. Everything said, it all went well and was a good, if not great experience. I'm still skeptical, because it's the Pennysaver and an auto-service buisiness; but until I find out differently would have to give these guys at least a 4 star rating.

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