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Old 01-10-2012, 04:26 PM   #1
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If I buy an out of state F-body and bring to CA, will they require me to do anything other than smog it? Will they require some kind of special inspection or referree smog?

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Anyone know how much a transfer fee is? I'm also getting 92 as a gift that's out of state and hasn't been registered in 2 years.
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just a smog.... and a safety inspection which is really just checking blinkers and such
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I have that same question. I bought the vette from Dallas, TX and bringing it to Clovis, Ca. I was hoping just a smog since I have that covered and hopefully the inspection shouldnt be too complex.
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just a smog.... and a safety inspection which is really just checking blinkers and such
I'm getting ready to move to California and if this is true then it is good news. I heard they did detailed inspections for aftermarket parts and rejected you for headers, catbacks, etc.
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Certain shops will but you can PM me if your in los angeles. I got u covered
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Certain shops will but you can PM me if your in los angeles. I got u covered
I will moving to Bakersfield. Is is it the same out there like it is here? You must get checked in your county of residence? I will be in the LA area all the time because that is where all of my relatives live (West Covina, Azusa, Monrovia, etc).
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Safety inspection and a test only. The out of state fee is different for every car, DMV can tell you
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Old 01-24-2012, 08:15 AM   #10
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This seems to be a measure of good news. I started a thread on this awhile back on the truck forums

http://www.performancetrucks.net/for...ons-ca-491673/

and it seemed like I was going to be total SOL due to the DMV doing a detailed visual. It made me very hesitant to even try to bring my truck out there out of fear of being stuck with a vehicle I could not register. Now if I have a good chance of finding a place that is easy on the visual (pretty sure with cats I will pass smog no problem) then it shouldn't be TOO hard to get registered out there.

I was even considering just dumping the druck back at the dealership since I am not upside down on it.

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According to this, an inspection will be required by a cop, DMV employee, or "licensed vehicle verifier" (wtf is that?) :

http://dmv.ca.gov/pubs/brochures/how...r9.htm#feesdue

it doesn't detail what they are checking for though.

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Don't bother taking it to DMV to get it registered. Take it to AAA or any other place that does registration. I first took my GTO to DMV and it was a hassle. Because Pontiac's vins are on a metal plate, she was concerned that it was a false vin and she told me I need to have a Peace Officer inspect it. So I just it took it to an indpendent registraion office, showed my smog and got it registered. She just looked at my vin and made sure I had seatbelts.
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