My coworker said they guy said there was a part he couldn't find for his vehicle (a Ford product) and it wouldn't pass the smog inspection so he paid for a fraudulent certification. I understand that it is sometimes difficult if not impossible to find some parts for older vehicles still subject to inspection. But the state, through the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR), has a solution. It is somewhat cumbersome and time consuming but it is legal. Here, taken directly from the BAR's web site, is the exact language:
Emission Parts Locator ServiceCalifornia's Smog Check Program
How many others out there openly solicit fraudulent smog certifications? How many realize they are committing a felony? Maybe a better question might be how many has the BAR brought charges against? (My guess would be very, very few.)
I don't know any specifics about this customer's vehicle. Even if I did I wouldn't have dropped a dime. It isn't my job anymore and when it was, when I worked on smog inspection enforcement I got slapped down a few times for "targeting" vehicles instead of shops and technicians. I don't know, I thought the job entailed cleaning the air. I guess I was wrong.