I just bought a used car, and I'm going to get it smogged soon. Apparently (this is what the mechanic said), I can't get it smogged until 2 "checks" turn on. I think this means that the check engine light may or may not come on soon, but I need to drive it until its activated or something.
My question is, if the check engine light comes on and the repairs are going to be expensive, is there a smog abatement fee I can pay so that I can skip the repairs? It was a very cheap car, and I don't want to have to pay more on repairs than I paid for the car.
Let me know if this question is not in the scope of this beta, and I will remove it. Any additional information (e.g. what are the "checks" he's talking about?) will be helpful.
The car is a 1996 Subaru Legacy Outback.