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    DMV classic car process

    i am from pennsylvania where a vehicle that is 25 years or older qualifies as a classic and is not required emissions testing. figuring its not that gravy in california but what are the advantages of having a car registered classic with the DMV? i drive a 1984, do i qualify?

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    Re: DMV classic car process

    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=california+dmv+...e+registration


    Well you can with a car 25 years or older, but, this has no meaning in CA other then a different plate, and possible mileage and driving restrictions. Get a AAA membership. You can do all your DMV work their for the most part. Its what I do and its well worth the money not to have to go to the DMV.
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    Re: DMV classic car process

    Just went through this a couple months ago - to be smog exempt (sounds like that is actually more important than classic tags to you) the car must be a pre-1975 if I remember right.

    DMV lines depend on where you go - I made an appointment online and went out to the Poway office two times. I had my DL in under half an hour, that's in and out the door. I didn't have to take a driving test. Showed my WA license and only took the written. My spousal unit took the Scion down to another office closer to downtown for tags after smog, big line and took hours. I went back to Poway for the bug's tags and the paperwork side of things again probably only took about 25-30 minutes. The hold up was waiting around or VIN inspection - even though the bug is smog exempt, they check your VIN numbers to make sure nothing has been tampered with or is stolen and that guy took his sweet, sweet government job time.
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    Re: DMV classic car process

    I think it's 75 and earlier, rather than pre-75. Makes a difference for those who own a 1975 (not that I do). Not having to smog the '67 is oh-so-nice.
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    Re: DMV classic car process

    should have used a 1975 rabbit instead of a 1984. my recomendation for anyone who plans to build a mk1. what a bummer... new to californina when i started it though

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    Re: DMV classic car process

    Diesels are also exempt. My buddy has a mk1 rabbit diesel with a 1.8 conversion (+t), and it doesn't have to be smogged. That is, it wouldn't have to be smogged if he ever bothered to register it. It's his track car project.
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    Re: DMV classic car process

    it has to be 30 years old to be exempt from smog
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    Re: DMV classic car process

    Quote Originally Posted by mike View Post
    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=california+dmv+...e+registration


    Well you can with a car 25 years or older, but, this has no meaning in CA other then a different plate, and possible mileage and driving restrictions. Get a AAA membership. You can do all your DMV work their for the most part. Its what I do and its well worth the money not to have to go to the DMV.
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    Re: DMV classic car process

    Quote Originally Posted by huitzi View Post
    it has to be 30 years old to be exempt from smog
    actually not, it is 2009 and 1979 vehicles are not exempt. how do you figure?

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    Re: DMV classic car process

    Quote Originally Posted by turbo20valve View Post
    Diesels are also exempt. My buddy has a mk1 rabbit diesel with a 1.8 conversion (+t), and it doesn't have to be smogged. That is, it wouldn't have to be smogged if he ever bothered to register it. It's his track car project.
    i was looking for one and couldnt find a 2 door in my price range. thats a sweet ride, got mine dirt cheap and its solid. i just have to roll the dice with a shady smogger and the cops.

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    Re: DMV classic car process

    It was intended to be a rolling 30 year exemption, but the tree huggers conned Ahhhnold into making it a permanent thing cut off in 1975. We did away with the rolling 30 year exemption in 05 IIRC so it is 76 and newer must be smogged, 75 and down do not. Also diesels are exempt. Which is why rabbit diesels are always a hot commodity for hot MK1's.
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    Re: DMV classic car process

    also i 1975 gas rabbit... it would proly be cheaper and easier to find in 2 door

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