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Lighting Auto Registration

(760) 721-9494
Walk-ins Welcome
Appointments AVAILABLE

Shop and Parking Lot

About Us

The owner and technician, Brian Terrell, grew up in Carlsbad, graduated from La Costa Canyon High School in 1998, and Sonoma State University in 2003. He worked various sales jobs for large corporations until 2012. His father purchased this shop, formerly called Ace Smog, back in 2007. Brian wanted to help his Dad retire, so he went to smog school, received excellent training from an experienced BAR Referee, and took over on September 6th, 2012. Brian wanted to build his own brand with the goal of providing quick and powerful service, so Lightning Smog was born.

Brian has since remodeled the lobby into a kid and dog-friendly environment that any parent would appreciate. We have accommodations that very few of our competitors have including: Friendly, Honest, and Professional Staff (Seriously though. We're not just saying that!), Clean Facility (including pressed uniforms that keep your car seats clean!), Indoor Lobby, Up-to-Date Magazines, Complimentary Hot or Cold Water, Outdoor Seating, Large Easy Access Parking Lot, an Excellent People Watching Location, and our most recently added Registration Services Business.

The goal is to have an honest and efficient smog and registration services shop. A neighborhood place where folks can bring any vehicle and get in and out as quickly as possible. A place where you know you're being treated fairly (just check our Yelp reviews and see for yourself), where you feel comfortable, accommodated, and happy that you came.

If we're providing anything less, please let us know on our Contact Us page so we can improve before your next visit. Thanks for considering us for your smog and registration-related needs!

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