ASE – Blue Seal of Excellence | Kniesels Auto Service Centers

ASE - Blue Seal of Excellence

ASE has years of experience helping the automotive industry verify the skills and knowledge of the technicians working at dealerships, independent repair shops, collision shops, franchises, fleets, and more. Car owners and the service and repair industry regard ASE certification as the standard measure of competency and a guide to quality auto repairs. ASE has taken the responsibility one step further by offering a recognition opportunity for highly qualified repair facilities, which allows them to showcase their technicians and their commitment to excellence. It is called the Blue Seal of Excellence Recognition Program. The program’s emphasis is to identify establishments with a large percentage of ASE-certified professionals. It is a recognition program for businesses striving to be the best, and willing to prove their commitment.

ACDelco United Motors Corporation United Motors Service

ACDelco United Motors Corporation United Motors Service

As an ACDelco member we are inspected and certified to meet strict client service and quality standards. We are proud ACDelco providers.

Smog Check

What is the difference between a regular smog station and a STAR smog station?

You received your DMV renewal notice and discovered it’s asking for a smog inspection at a STAR station. No need to panic. All this means is that the DMV has chosen your car to be inspected at a smog station which is monitored closely by the BAR and must conform to high standards established by the Bureau of Automotive Repairs.

Some STAR stations are only authorized to perform smog inspections. These stations are known as STAR Test Only stations. Other STAR certified smog centers can perform smog inspections as well as smog check repairs. These smog stations are known as STAR Test & Repair stations. Both STAR stations are allowed to perform regular and STAR smog checks.

  • STAR Test Only Centers are only authorized to perform smog inspections and are not allowed to perform smog check repairs.
  • STAR Test & Repair Stations are authorized to perform STAR smog inspections, as well as repair and certify all vehicles.

If the DMV is asking for “Smog Certificate Required at a STAR station” you can visit either of these smog test center types.

ASCCA logo | Kniesels Auto Service Centers


ASCCA is the largest independent garage owners association in California. The core purpose of ASCCA is to elevate and unite automotive professionals and give them voice in a way that promotes integrity, compassion, individuality and continuous self-improvement.

Official Lamp Adjusting Station and Official Brake Adjusting Station

Official Lamp Adjusting Station

Official Brake Adjusting Station

 Preferred installer for Tire Rack | Kniesels Auto Service Centers

Preferred installer for Tire Rack

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