I just got my car registered for another year. Passing smog with my car tends to be a small miracle, and my mechanic always has to pull all strings to actually make it happen. I also think that he’s good friends with the smog guy, but I might be underestimating my car.
Either way, I am a big fan of these smog tests here in California. Once a car does more bad (excessive pollution) than good (transportation), it should be pulled off the road.