buying a used non-CA vehicle for use in CA

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Old 03 Oct 2008, 02:50 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Let's say I'm interested in a used vehicle advertised for sale in
Utah, and want to drive it home to California and register it here.

Will it pass CA smog?

Will there be a higher VLF fee?

Will the DMV allow it at all?

Thanks,

Michael
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Old 03 Oct 2008, 06:48 pm   #2 (permalink)
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mrdarrett@gmail.com wrote:
> Let's say I'm interested in a used vehicle advertised for sale in
> Utah, and want to drive it home to California and register it here.
>
> Will it pass CA smog?
>
> Will there be a higher VLF fee?
>
> Will the DMV allow it at all?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Michael



I suggest you look here:

http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/brochures...cts/ffvr29.htm

But in a nutshell, if the vehicle has over 7,500 miles on it, it is
considered a used vehicle and should be allowed. You WILL have to take
the vehicle to the DMV for an overall inspection, but if it has over
7,500 miles on it, it is only required to meet the emissions standards
applicable to it. (If it was originally a Calif. or 50 state car, it
will have to meet Calif. emissions, if it was originally a 49 state car,
it will have to meet federal emissions.)

So, the questions is, what is so special about this 2000 Camry that you
have to go 700 miles out of state for it? There are a LOT of 2000 Camrys
right here in the Golden State....

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David
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Old 03 Oct 2008, 11:05 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Give DMV a call at (916) 657-6795. If it doesn't meet Calif emissions
at manufacturing, then you may have problems.

"If you acquire a 49-State vehicle (manufactured for all states except
California) from another state or country, you may not be able to
register your vehicle in this state."

http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/brochures/howto/htvr9.htm

* California residency and vehicle importation laws and
requirements, contact the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Technical
Compliance Section at (916) 657-6795, or go to Buying an Out of State
Vehicle.

http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/brochures...cts/ffvr29.htm



On Oct 3, 12:50*pm, mrdarr...@gmail.com wrote:
> Let's say I'm interested in a used vehicle advertised for sale in
> Utah, and want to drive it home to California and register it here.
>
> Will it pass CA smog?
>
> Will there be a higher VLF fee?
>
> Will the DMV allow it at all?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Michael


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Old 03 Oct 2008, 11:10 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Now, I wonder if the very strigent emissions requirement in California
and the US probably is the reason why US marketed Toyotas were
sludging up while other regions weren't.


On Oct 3, 12:50*pm, mrdarr...@gmail.com wrote:
> Let's say I'm interested in a used vehicle advertised for sale in
> Utah, and want to drive it home to California and register it here.
>
> Will it pass CA smog?
>
> Will there be a higher VLF fee?
>
> Will the DMV allow it at all?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Michael


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Old 04 Oct 2008, 08:10 am   #5 (permalink)
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mrdarrett@gmail.com wrote:
> Let's say I'm interested in a used vehicle advertised for sale in
> Utah, and want to drive it home to California and register it here.
>
> Will it pass CA smog?


Many vehicles have so-called "50 state emissions" while others have 49
state emissions. The latter can be brought into the state by a
non-California resident moving to California if the vehicle is more than
six months old (at least this was the case when I did this).

You can't buy a vehicle, new or used, that doesn't meet California
emissions, and register it in California, if you are a California
resident, at least that was the case when I moved here.

> Will there be a higher VLF fee?


No, but I'm not sure about sales tax.

> Will the DMV allow it at all?


Yes, if it has 50 state emissions.

Call the DMV for more information. Call three times as you may get
different answers.
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Old 06 Oct 2008, 12:34 pm   #6 (permalink)
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mrdarr...@gmail.com wrote:
> Let's say I'm interested in a used vehicle advertised for sale in
> Utah, and want to drive it home to California and register it here.
>
> Will it pass CA smog?

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Mu guess would be:
1) It won't pass the Calif. smog test.
2) If you expect to keep driving the car here, versus simple temporary
use, DWV will ask you to bring it up to Calif. spec. which will be
prohibitively expensive.
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