Auto repair centers disciplined

One charged $867.40 for unneeded work

The Bureau of Automotive Repairs has disciplined three firms in the county. Arian Inc., dba Cox Automotive Service, 5782 Miramar Road, was fined for performing unnecessary repairs. The customer was charged $867.40 for work that did not have to be done, according to the complaint. Others receiving discipline were A Smog Test Only Center of Vista and Chula Vista Smog.

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At least Bonnie Dumanis is enfarcing some a duh lores. The ownuh of Arian pleaded guilty to two misdemeanahs for repaya fraud and paid a $62,000 fine for his perfidy.

Burwell: Yes, you are correct on that fine. Best, Don Bauder

Verrry interrresting! Last year I had a total of four vehicles smogged in that Vista operation. They had the best price I could find, and while the place isn't fancy, got the cars in and out with no foot-dragging, and all passed with flying colors (as well they should have.) What I don't follow is how/why a test-only center is doing repairs. The very nature of that type of smog test operation is that they do NOT attempt to make emission-related repairs. I didn't see anything else going on there when I went in for a test. So, maybe the discipline was for passing cars that didn't meet the standards.

Visduh: The establishment was under video surveillance and the offenses were related to smog tests. Best, Don Bauder

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