I got my car back after work yesterday. The total cost of repair / smog inspection was $644. Then I had to turn around and pay $96 for the registration. But it got mailed out today, the final due date before the penalty fees get tacked on. And now we can all rest easy knowing that my car situation is back to normal again.
Now I'm just getting used to my new clutch. Feels much different than the old, broken one.