So I currently live in Oregon, but if I were to ever move back to my home state (California), do I need to specify something in my order to ensure it passes smog?
I am sorry Elegant, but I don't think this will help the original poster. Here is why.Above comment by MKZDRM is totally relevant. Just checked the GM 2014 Order Guide regarding emission requirements. Note that all three categories are 50-state certified. Would still be a good idea to discuss this issue with your dealer when you finalize your order, but knowledgeable dealers are aware of this. Here are the three options codes (all no charge options).
FE9: Emissions, Federal requirements, 50-state certified
YF5: Emissions, California state requirements, 50-state certified
NE1: Emissions, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington state requirements, 50-state certified
If all 3 options are "50 state approved", why would anyone bother with it being specifically "approved for California"?You can request that California emissions be checked on your order. There should be a sticker under the hood that states the car is approved for California.
Get NE1 since you live in Oregon now. That will take care of you now. Don't worry about California now. Cross that bridge in a few years if you ever decide to move back here. By the way, when I first moved to CA several years ago, I brought an out-of-state car with me. It is really not a big deal to get the smog check done. Also, if your car is well-maintained, it is laughable at how easily the car passes (emissions measured from my car were just a small fraction of the allowable levels).So it sounds like the different emissions options are irrelevant in my case. Regardless of option, I'll have to smog my car if I were to move back. Why the heck would GM offer 3 different options that all accomplish the same thing?
Because if you get YF5 from a CA dealer and immediately register it in CA, you can then avoid the smog check. However, this will not work for you because you plan to first register it in Oregon.If all 3 options are "50 state approved", why would anyone bother with it being specifically "approved for California"?
So it sounds like the different emissions options are irrelevant in my case. Regardless of option, I'll have to smog my car if I were to move back. Why the heck would GM offer 3 different options that all accomplish the same thing?