Put the bounce back in your ride – Shocks and Struts

Ask your kids if its fun to ride in your old car because it bounces and bounces and bounces or maybe even sways or wiggle and jiggles as you go around curves. If they are really lucky then your car might even have some hard bounces and clanking going on as you go over bumps. Sounds like fun huh?  NOPE!

bouncy car

According to David Sherrill the owner of Gary’s Automotive service in Chico, Ca. Worn, weak shocks and struts can be extremely dangerous and can even make stopping take more distance.  In an emergency avoidance situation you are much more likely to lose control and get into an accident if your shocks and especially your struts or springs are weak and worn.


You never want to risk it. Most manufacturers will tell you on average 50,000 miles and your shocks and struts are dog tired and may need to be replaced. Now, to know for sure… you can try things like the bounce test by jumping up and down on all 4 corners of your car. But, that will only tell you when it is way beyond normal replacement time and if not done correctly you may still not have a clue.




The experts at Gary’s Automotive Service take pride in the experience knowing how to very carefully and accurately gauge if you need to replace any of your suspension system components or parts. So even though the kids might like a little wiggle and bounce. Your mama and owner David Sherrill will tell you to protect those babies and get your suspension system checked and serviced today. Plus a glide in your ride is much more fine.

Vehicle Inspection

Car Registration Inspection

Only non-residents require a safety vehicle inspection during their first car registration. You can do this at the DMV office during your car registration appointment; the safety inspection is free.

In addition, most cars require smog and emissions testing at least once in a while, including for the first registration.

Vehicle Inspection

Emissions Exemptions

All cars need a smog check before their first California vehicle registration, except:

  • Cars that were made in the past six years (except diesel or specially constructed cars). These cars pay a smog fee instead.
  • Hybrid or electric cars.
  • 1975 year model or older gas cars.
  • Pre-1998 diesel-powered vehicles or those weighing more than 14,000 lbs (Gross Vehicle Weight).
  • Natural gas-powered cars weighing more than 14,000 lbs.
  • Motorcycles or trailers.

Smog Check at Registration Renewal

Only certain counties and zip codes require a smog check at DMV registration every other year. Check on the California DMV website to see if your county or zip codes requires emissions testing, as this information may change. Your renewal notice will also tell you whether you need a smog check.

Where to Get a Smog Test

Before you register car, you’ll need to show your smog check passing certificate to the CA DMV. The California Department of Consumer Affairs lists emissions testing centers on its website. Many local service stations also provide this emissions testing service; check in your local yellow pages.

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