So a few weeks ago, my car flunked its smog test, despite having very low emissions, by having the “check engine” idiot light burnt out. This annoyed me because I’d have to pay for a retest after changing a light bulb.
Fortunately, in its Infinite Wisdom, California enrolled me in a program to get a free repair and retest, as long as I used one of their authorized repair places. So I did. They changed my idiot light (and did a couple of other minor things, like replacing my old vacuum hoses and futzing with the ignition timing), and retested the car. It passed again, easily, though oddly the emissions were about double what they were in the earlier test. And they billed the state almost $500.
I guess I should be happy, since I didn’t have to take apart my dashboard and I saved $60, but I can’t help but think perhaps my tax dollars could be better spent.
I wonder why the state has a budget crisis.