[ba] bringing a car into CA
sf5ktq at hotmail.com
Fri Dec 28 13:26:02 EST 2001
people here act like its a big deal, but i drove my 87 honda across the
country to CA 2 yrs ago and it was no sweat getting it registered. i think
the smog is tougher [and it varies in "toughness" based on area - LA is
tougher than SF, for example].
my honda did run VERY clean, but as long as it passes with a bit of room on=
he east coast checks, i cant imagine one would have trouble. any trouble on=
might have is most lieky a tuneup one needs antway =3D)
as far as shops, i got to the 19.95 ulta budget smog shops in oakland. use
good gas, get it nice + hot first, and never a hitch. same with an 84 4k an=
an 89 golf ive owned since ive been here [both CA cars]
as far as buying - cars in the bay area tend to be about as highly priced a=
you can find used cars. LA, other areas seem beetter. if shes buying
something a little older, it is maybe owrth waiting to get a "ca car" for
the condition they remail in. i am still AMAZED every time i work on my 88
5k which lived its life in santa cruz. ive NEVER broken a bolt, rounded a
nut or encountered fused part. which was a way of life in western mass.
some times, late at night, i crawl under it and just look at the utter
absence of rust. and i giggle. ;)
jim - still waiting for my liscence, 9 weeks out.
>From: Shayne <thequattroking at yahoo.com>
>To: Dan Simoes <dans at audifans.com>, <quattro at audifans.com>,
><ba-group at audifans.com>
>Subject: Re: [ba] bringing a car into CA
>Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2001 09:41:37 -0800
>Kristin my fianc=E9 just went through that with her 4ksq. I also was unde=
>the impression it was really hard. PIECE of CAKE. It was more time
>consuming for her to get her license then it was to get the car registered=
>The process involved going to the DMV with a smog report that can be
>obtained from any smog check approved gas station in CA. I went through
>car top to bottom just before it went in.
>The car passed with flying colors. Even with a 2.5" exhaust (not that it
>changes emissions). What is mean is, it has some mods. I guess those are
>not a problem as long as ALL OE smog devices are on the car.
>I put a new cat and O2 sensor on her car before it was tested. The car
>needed those anyway. Cost her about $60 for the smog/safety check, plus
>licensing fees at the DMV. As long as your sisters car is in good health
>and has all the OE smog devices, it should do just fine.
>But, I would find a reputable shop. I have heard rumors of shops finding
>"problems" with your car just so they can fix it. They try to entice you
>have it fixed there by saying if you do, they will do the second smog test
>1972 MB 280 SEL 4.5
>1986 MB 560 SEL
>1991 200q Sedan
>Parting: 1972 Mercedes Benz 280 SE 4.5
> > My sister may be trying to enroll in vet school in CA when she returns
> > from her assignment in the Peace Corps. I'm not sure if it makes sense
> > to get her a car here in NY and have her drive across the country, or
> > just get the car out there.
> > I know the cars have to be CA approved as far as emissions, but what
> > about smog testing, etc? I seem to recall a few listers telling me it
> > was very difficult to bring in a new out-of-state car, at least a few
> > years ago.
> > Can someone enlighten me? The CA DMV web pages were not terribly
> > helpful.
> > Thanks.
> > | Dan |
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