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Many new car dealerships handle DEQ inspections, too

Note: Monday’s SYA about alternate places to get your car smogged while the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality vehicle testing station is closed, we overshadowed a rather important testing location.

Earlier this week we answered a Medford reader’s question about expired license plate tags on his Subaru while the state’s DEQ testing station at 3030 Biddle Road is closed. The state facility reopens June 1 as part of the state’s gradual reopening after the COVID-19 shutdown.

A new “DEQ Too” program allows many local businesses to test your car and submit the data to the DEQ. We mentioned that some of those businesses included auto repair shops and oil change centers, but it was TC Chevy President Alan DeBoer who pointed out to us that the Subaru store in Medford can also do the inspection.

Sure enough, TC Chevy in Ashland is on the deqtoo.org directory. We didn’t spot the Subaru dealer’s listing on the directory, but it looks like the state website is incomplete.

Southern Oregon Subaru’s service department website says they handle “Oregon inspections” along with oil changes, brake jobs and other repairs.

DeBoer told us “most new car dealers” are able to handle inspections these days.

It’s probably a good idea to call ahead before you make a trip to the service center, however.

If you’ve got specific questions about vehicle inspections you can call the DEQ at 503-229-5066 or email vipinfo@deq.state.or.us. For DMV questions about vehicle registrations, call 503-945-5000.

Send questions to “Since You Asked,” Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501 or e-mail to youasked@rosebudmedia.com. We’re sorry, but the volume of questions received prevents us from answering all of them.