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"The Relay" Online Newsletter
April 2018 Issue

This is the monthly online newsletter for the car club council. All car hobbyist events are listed on this site under "Calendar." Just click on the link above to view the list of car shows and other activities.

President's Message

The exhaust freedom bill which will allow owners of antique vehicles to use aftermarket parts on vehicles registered as antiques only has one more step to becoming law on July 1. The governor has until April 9 to sign the bill into law. Since no one in the General Assembly voted against the amended version of the bill and since the bill is not controversial; we expect the governor to sign it. I will post of the council website's home page when he signs it into law. Then I will ask you to send a thank you email to Senator Bill DeSteph for sponsoring this bill. It took two years for us to find someone who not only sponsored the bill but herded it through the Assembly. He is a car hobbyist and owns a Buick Grand National. The governor is also a car hobbyist who owns an antique Oldsmobile and Corvette.

The exhaust law will make what has been done and is being done to antiques legal: conversion of single to dual exhaust and the use of aftermarket parts such as headers and mufflers. Your vehicle must be registered as an antique - daily drivers will still have to use OEM or exact replacement exhaust parts.

The exhaust freedom bill is just a continuation of the council looking out for car hobbyists. We monitor the bills in the Assembly every year and post them on the VAACC website - Virginia Association of Car Councils. We also monitor federal legislation. The council keeps everyone informed on this website for CCCCVA members and the VAACC website for car hobbyists in other areas of the state. In the 1990s car councils were formed to stop clunker laws that were destroying antique vehicles for pollution credits. Since getting the Virginia clunker law repealed we have worked on making this a car hobby state: revision of the antique registration law to provide for pleasure driving, no property tax on antiques, no sticker fees for antiques, allowing hobbyists to keep antiques as long as they are sheltered from street view, no emissions testing for antiques and more.

April is finally here after a long cold winter. The "car season" really begins this month with a lot of shows and cruise-ins on the calendar. It's time to have some fun.

~ Fred

Fairlane
1963 Fairlane

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be Monday, April 23rd at 6:30 PM at River City Diner Southside, 11430 W Huguenot Rd, Midlothian, VA 23113 Phone (804) 897-9518. We will eat and meet in their meeting room.

Congress Introduces Bills to End Corn Ethanol Mandate

Legislation (H.R. 5212/S. 2519) has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to cap the amount of ethanol that’s required to be blended into the U.S. fuel supply at 9.7% (E10 gasoline). The bills phase out the federal government’s ethanol mandates by reducing the amount of corn ethanol blended into gasoline by 2 billion gallons a year until the mandate is eliminated in 2030. The EPA has turned to sales of E15 (15% ethanol blended into gasoline) to achieve the law’s artificial mandate. Ethanol, especially in higher concentrations such as E15, can cause damage to older vehicles.

You Can Shape the Course of This Proposal

Request support for this legislation by using the following SAN website link for an overview and lawmaker contact: semasan.com/page.asp?content=aa2018fed1&g=SEMAGA

Car Hobbyist News

The exhaust freedom bill’s amended version has now passed both houses of the General Assembly and no one voted against it. The bill has been sent to the governor and he has until midnight April 9 to sign the bill into law. Since there was no opposition to the bill and this bill is not controversial we expect the governor (also a car hobbyist) to sign it.

SB 586 when signed by the governor should become law on July 1. The new law will now be:
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That § 46.2-1049 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

§ 46.2-1049. Exhaust system in good working order.

No person shall drive and no owner of a vehicle shall permit or allow the operation of any such vehicle on a highway unless it is equipped with an exhaust system in good working order and in constant operation to prevent excessive or unusual levels of noise; provided however, that for motor vehicles, such exhaust system shall be of a type installed as standard factory equipment, or comparable to that designed for use on the particular vehicle as standard factory equipment. An exhaust system shall not be deemed to prevent excessive or unusual noise if it permits the escape of noise in excess of that permitted by the standard factory equipment exhaust system of private passenger motor vehicles or trucks of standard make. The term "exhaust system," as used in this section, means all the parts of a vehicle through which the exhaust passes after leaving the engine block, including mufflers and other sound dissipative devices.

Chambered pipes are not an effective muffling device to prevent excessive or unusual noise, and any vehicle equipped with chambered pipes shall be deemed in violation of this section.

The provisions of this section shall not apply to (i) any antique motor vehicle manufactured prior to 1950 licensed pursuant to § 46.2-730, provided that the engine is comparable to that designed as standard factory equipment for use on that particular vehicle, and the exhaust system is in good working order, or (ii) converted electric vehicles.

The last section allows vehicles registered as antiques to use aftermarket exhaust parts. It also allows you to convert a single exhaust system into duals and allows the use of headers and other aftermarket parts. Car hobbyists are grateful to Senator Bill DeSteph for sponsoring this bill and getting it through the General Assembly.

Let’s take a look at some other bills of interest.

There are a couple of bills to allow military surplus off road vehicles to be registered as antiques (if they are 25+). These are vehicles that the US military has sold to civilians. One was killed but one passed both houses and awaits signature by the governor.

One bill would allow you to have certain non-required, unapproved, or unpermitted lighting devices on your vehicle uncovered. Current law states they must be covered when on highways. This bill has been signed into law by the governor.

One bill would allow the sale of ethanol-free gasoline in parts of Hopewell that border Prince George County on the west side. It has passed both houses and awaits the governor’s signature.

A bill would allow electric vehicle charging stations on public property. It has been signed into law by the governor.

Special license plates:
STOP GUN VIOLENCE – passed both houses
BELIEVING IN THE FUTURE OF AGRICULTURE SINCE 1927 – signed by governor
KEEPING THE LIGHTS ON – signed by governor
VIRGINIA REALTORS – signed by governor
ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION – signed by governor
FRIENDS OF THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY – awaits governor to sign
Special license plates; veterans of certain military reserve organizations – signed by governor

It looks like we have survived another legislative session here in Virginia. At the federal level there have been bills introduced to end the corn ethanol mandate. Below is from SEMA:

Legislation (H.R. 5212/S. 2519) has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to cap the amount of ethanol that’s required to be blended into the U.S. fuel supply at 9.7%. The bills phase out the federal government’s ethanol mandates by reducing the amount of corn ethanol blended into gasoline by 2 billion gallons a year until the mandate is eliminated in 2030. The EPA has turned to sales of E15 (15% ethanol blended into gasoline) to achieve the law’s artificial mandate. Ethanol, especially in higher concentrations such as E15, can cause damage to older vehicles.

• Ethanol can cause metal corrosion and dissolve certain plastics and rubbers, especially in older vehicles that were not constructed with ethanol-compatible materials.
• H.R. 5212/S. 2519 phases out corn ethanol mandates under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and caps the amount of ethanol that is blended into our gas supply at 9.7%.
• H.R. 5212/S. 2519 would reduce E15 gas sales in order to meet artificially high mandates under the RFS.
• The bills protect older vehicles from the risks posed by E15.

We will monitor these bills and let you know what happens. While our General Assembly has a set amount of time to deal with legislation each year that is not true of Congress. Congress moves slowly and sometimes bills never get a real hearing and debate. The council will continue to monitor any legislation that could affect the car hobby.

Mustang
early Mustang in royal maroon

News From SEMA

Click the link for the story on the proposed legislation.

Virginia Bill Exempting Antique Vehicles from Exhaust Requirements Passes Legislature; Sent to Governor

Hawaii Bill to Allow Military Vehicle Registration Passes Committees; Moves to Senate Floor

Utah Bill to Extend Emissions Inspection Waiver Passes Legislature; Moves to Governor

West Virginia Bill to Allow Off-Road Recreation in the Cabwaylingo State Forest Receives New Committee Assignment

Virginia Bill to Title Military Surplus Off-Road Vehicles Passes Senate; Goes to Governor for Approval

Utah Bill to Assist Off-Highway Vehicle Owners Moves to Senate Floor

New Jersey Introduces Bill to Expand Use of Historic Vehicles

Michigan Introduces Bill to Allow for Window Tinting

Idaho Introduces Military Vehicle Registration Bill

Colorado Bill to Limit Emissions Testing Introduced

West Virginia Bill to Allow Personalized Antique Plates Introduced

Federal Bills Introduced to End Corn Ethanol Mandate

Victory in Utah: Bill to Extend Emissions Inspection Waiver Becomes Law

South Dakota Special Interest Vehicle Bill Signed into Law

Idaho Military Vehicle Registration Bill Approved by Senate; Moves to Governor

West Virginia Pro-Hobby Bills Pass Legislature; Move to Governor

Utah Bill to Assist Off-Highway Vehicle Owners Passes Legislature; Moves to Governor

Province of Nova Scotia Proclaims July 2018 as “Automotive Heritage Month”

Maryland Off-Highway Vehicle Funding Bill Passes Senate; Moves to House

Missouri Bill Introduced to Tax Cars for Miles Traveled

Michigan Bill to Ease Towing Restrictions Receives New Committee Assignment

West Virginia Bill to Establish a State Trail Authority Introduced

Missouri Introduces Bill to Allow Specialty Plates for Trailers

Utah Bill to Ease Window Tinting Restrictions Dies as Legislature Adjourns

West Virginia Bills Die for the Year as Legislature Adjourns

Wagon
Flamed station wagon

Arnold Schwarzenegger Plans to Sue Oil Companies for 'First Degree Murder'

From IJ Review
Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Calif.) has plans to sue oil companies for their role in global warming and “knowingly killing people.”

During an interview with Politico's “Off Message” podcast, he related oil companies to tobacco companies and called it “absolutely irresponsible” to not have a warning label on a product a company knows kills people.

Schwarzenegger advocated for every gas station, car, and product that has fossil fuels to feature a warning label and said he's speaking with multiple private law firms and preparing a public campaign as well.

The former governor said he sees no difference in first-degree murder when someone walks into a room knowing they are going to kill someone and oil companies. He explained further:

“This is no different than the smoking issue. The tobacco industry knew for years and years and years and decades that smoking would harm people, would kill people, would create cancer, and they were hiding that fact from the people and denied it. Then eventually, they were taken to court and had to pay hundreds of billions of dollars because of that. [...] The oil companies knew from 1959 on, they did their own study and knew there would be global warming happening because of fossil fuels, and on top of it, it would be risky for people's lives, that it would kill people.”

He added, “I don’t think there’s any difference: If you walk into a room and you know you’re going to kill someone, it’s first degree murder; I think it’s the same thing with the oil companies.”

Schwarzenegger pointed to former Presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush in regard to the Republican Party's commitment environmental policies.

“Today, those are all things that are absolutely a no-no in the Republican Party,” he said. “I didn't change; it's the Republican Party that's changed.”

The former California governor added that the GOP is out of touch with voters and “stuck with an ideology that doesn't fit anymore with what really people want.”

He didn't offer a timeline of when he would file the court documents but contended that no matter the result of the case, it would raise awareness.

C Cab
C Cab

Losses and Lessons: Don’t Trust Those Trusses

From Hagerty
VEHICLES INVOLVED: 38 cars, trucks, and trailers.

WHAT WENT WRONG: Do you trust your trusses? Depending on the age of the building in which you store your precious vehicles, it might be time to get up-close and personal with those very important support beams.

Roof collapses aren’t unheard of this time of year, and while heavy snow is often to blame, this one was in Texas and had everything to do with old age. The building in question was constructed in the 1940s, and when the trusses gave way its roof came crashing down on an extensive assortment of collector cars, trucks, and trailers—38 of them, in fact.

DAMAGE/LOSS: No one was injured, but damage to the building and its contents ranged from slight to severe. The most significant harm came to a 1938 Curtiss Aerocar trailer and a 1996 Chevy S10 truck, which were both total losses and carried a combined guaranteed value of $61,200. Other vehicles suffering significant damage included a 1949 Chrysler Imperial ($12,450), 1948 Silver Streak 18-foot trailer ($11,250), 1949 Packard Custom Clipper ($8750), 1947 Chrysler Town & Country ($5160), and 1948 GMC 1-ton panel delivery truck ($4880). Vehicle damage totaled $140,292, which Hagerty paid.

LESSON: Hagerty Private Client Services’ Rick Worm has an extensive background in fire prevention and building safety. Unlike modern buildings, which are constructed on concrete blocks or a concrete slab, he says, “many older buildings were built directly on the soil or used existing stumps that were used as supports. This constant contact with ground moisture can lead to rotting sills and studs and can put stress on old trusses, causing weakening and failure of the trusses, walls, and roof.”

Worm also says that roots from trees growing near a building can spread underneath its foundation, causing the structure to heave or crack. (He also warns that poor wiring in older buildings can spark a fire.)

“Some garages and barns have been neglected for too long or have suffered damage beyond repair (improper renovations, weather over time, etc). If someone is going to use an old building to store their collection, I’d certainly recommend hiring an independent inspector to look over the building. For a couple hundred dollars (this can vary), it will give the owner a good idea of whether to fix it, run away, or move in without worry.

“Private buildings do not require inspections unless a permit is pulled for a major renovation. In this case, back when this building was built in the ’40s, it’s likely that no inspections were required. Some towns do not require inspections to this day.”

Bottom line: Don’t assume a building is sound just because it looks good from where you’re standing. Bring in a pro who knows what to look for, and even if they give the building a clean bill of health, ask how often you should have it inspected in the future.

Nomad
57 Nomad

The Price of Originality Is Steep… But Is It Worth It?

By Rob Siegel of The Hack Mechanic™ via Hagerty
My cars are drivers, not hangar/trailer queens. To me, cars are way too expensive and take up way too much space to not actually drive and enjoy them.

For most of the past 35 years, I’ve unabashedly put function—and cost—ahead of a blind adherence to originality. I’ve scoffed at people who pay $80 for an original battery cable when one for $5 at Autozone will work just as well. And don’t get me started on the whole thing about correct fasteners. If a bolt doesn’t have a high-enough strength rating, that’s one thing, but the way that some folks act when they see one generic under-hood fastener (like Donald Sutherland in the last scene of Invasion of the Body Snatchers)… well, it’s way over the line.

And hose clamps. My god, the amount of energy people expend over hose clamps. OEM clamps vary by manufacturer. On BMWs, both the original clamps and high-quality aftermarket versions are thin, have a hex-head fitting that can be tightened with a flex-nut driver, and have ridges instead of slots for the worm gear to bite into. In contrast, generic Autozone hose clamps tend to be wide, require a screwdriver, and have the worm gear bite into slots in the clamp that can eventually damage the hoses. But they are just hose clamps, and people have hissy fits when they’re incorrect, particularly when there’s an extra inch in them.

That having been said, over the past few years, I’ve come around somewhat to the idea of originality. And it’s not simply due to the increasing values of my ’73 BMW 3.0CSi and my ’72 2002tii, cars on which originality and correctness are prized, particularly the 2002. I think that much of it is simply a natural evolution in my tastes.

Now, this sort of pendulum swing affects cars in a variety of ways. In the series I did on obsolete car audio a few months back, I detailed how many radios from 1970s-era cars were jettisoned in favor of first cassette decks and then CD players, and how now, many owners are finding that these newer units look completely out of step with the car’s interior vernacular, and how it now takes a pretty penny to get an original radio back in the dash.

It’s similar with wheels and hubcaps. On cars where alloys were a factory option, the steel wheels and caps were always a poor stepchild. Certain aftermarket alloys may have been popular in the day as well. Then came the trend toward what used to be called “plus-one” and “plus-two” sizing, where you’d increase the wheel diameter by an inch or two and shorten the tire sidewall to improve handling. In the BMW world, the swapability of wheels from newer models onto older ones made this easy (indeed, people joked that the E30 3 Series built from 1984 through ’91 were a gift to 2002 owners because their plus-one wheels fit perfectly). Later, of course, all hell broke loose with the “stancing” trend and the goal of stuffing as big a wheel under the well as was possible. Because of all these factors, many original steel wheels and hubcaps wound up in the recycle heap.

Now, 40 or 50 years later, original steel wheels and big hubcaps are back, big time. In the case of my ’72 BMW 2002tii, that model has larger front calipers than a standard 2002, so its steelies are a half-inch wider to accommodate them. This means that tii steel wheels with hubcaps were only on the cars for two years—1972 and ’73 (in 1974, all 2002s received a different, wider wheel). They’re now, as they say, rare as hen’s teeth. Plus, the longer I’ve owned these cars, the more I prefer the ride feel with the original 13-inch wheels, although the 185/70R13 tires are getting a bit difficult to find.

Part of what’s swung me around is that, a year ago I bought a very original ’72 BMW 2002tii (“Louie”). In addition to sitting for a decade and requiring a good bit of work to get it up and running, the car had been driven very little since 1980, so it was a bit of a time capsule. When I purchased it, I thought that the odometer’s 39,068 miles could well have been original. The folder of receipts that came with the car stopped cold in 1980—with the last one showing 38,693 miles—only 375 less than the current odometer reading. The seats and the windshield were in remarkably good condition. The car still wore its original steel wheels and cereal-bowl hubcaps. The door buzzers still worked.

In addition, there were some very unusual under-hood details that were still intact. An original donut-style upper radiator hose that had long ago been superseded was still present, as was an original brass thermostat. The car even still had the original inductive pick-up on the wire from the coil to the distributor, and the original connector on the valve cover to hook this system up to the dealer’s engine analyzer. This pickup and connector were typically thrown in the trash when the spark plug wires were changed back when Gerald Ford was president. The fact that they were present meant the car was running on its original plug wires.

Given everything, I thought that the car’s 39,068 miles were likely original—that it was more likely that the car had been driven 375 miles since the last receipt in 1980 than 100,375 miles. I reached out to the original owner’s son, who informed me that he thought the car’s odometer had, in fact, rolled, over, something I still can’t fathom.

The actual mileage notwithstanding, the car (whose story is told in my book Ran When Parked) had not run in a decade. I needed to make it roadworthy. The fact that I did so right where the car sat in Louisville, Kentucky, and then drove it home makes for an interesting story, but it doesn’t really change the dynamic of how originality can slip away.

The issue is, having bought a dead car with a great deal of originality to it, anything you do to get it running and road-worthy moves it away from that original state, at least to some degree. On paper, many of these choices may seem to be between original equipment (dealer), original equipment manufacturer (OEM), branded aftermarket, or generic aftermarket parts. It’s easy to say, “Well, just spend the money to keep it original,” but there are many choices and shades of gray.

For example, the car will certainly need a new battery. In my world, batteries have gotten expensive enough without ponying up for reproductions of original batteries. You have to replace the fuel lines, the fuel filters, the hardened or swelled-shut flexible brake lines, and any seized or leaking brake or clutch hydraulics. It’s unsafe to drive the car otherwise. Braided stainless steel brake lines are typically less expensive these days than the original black ATE rubber lines, but they do have a different look to them.

Then, if you are going to drive the car any farther than around the block, you have to have a cooling system that is leak-free and allows the car to run cool. So out came Louie’s original radiator, water pump, and the way-cool original “donut” radiator hose and brass thermostat. New factory BMW 2002 radiators have gotten very pricey (about $550), so for cost reasons, I installed a $120 aftermarket 320i radiator, which worked fine but has a different look and feel.

A similar dynamic existed with the ignition system. As much as I liked the look and feel of the original plug wires with their inductive coil and service port, old ignition wires are an invitation for misfires due to cracks causing arcing of the spark prematurely to ground. So I replaced them. It seemed the prudent thing to do for a car I was distance-driving to events.

I found the original canister-style air cleaner housing in the trunk. Some of its fasteners were missing, so to get the housing attached, I used generic hardware-store-bought nuts and bolts. Similarly, when I isolated the source of a particularly loud, snotty rattle to a loose exhaust manifold shield, I shimmed it with a generic quarter-inch washer, paying no attention to the glaring difference in patina between it and the manifold. Hey, it got the thing quiet; that was all I cared about.

After driving the car for about eight months, the front end began banging over bumps. I traced the problem to a bad center track rod. Two of the tie rod ends were questionable, as well. I replaced them with aftermarket parts from a reputable supplier, which cost about a quarter of the price of those from a dealer. And, let’s face it, with globalization, you don’t really know where dealer parts are coming from these days anyway. When they arrived, however, I was disappointed to find that the tubes connecting the tie rod ends weren’t black like the originals, but were bare unpainted metal. So that they wouldn’t stick out like a sore thumb, I sprayed them flat black. But I felt like I’d strayed over an unwritten line.

Having made these tradeoffs, I continued to drive the car, and other than the tie rods, I was generally pleased with my decisions. They seemed appropriate for the fact that the car was a driver and not a display piece. This is not my only vintage car. It’s not even my only ’72 2002tii. And, on paper, my other one is a nicer vehicle. This one’s originality was a curiosity, but not really something I treasured.

And then, something surprising happened. This year is the 50th anniversary of the BMW 2002 (the first ones rolled off the assembly line in 1968), and the BMW CCA Foundation is putting together an exhibit at its museum in Greer, South Carolina, to commemorate the event. I applied, and Louie was accepted into the exhibit. Although I wasn’t touting Louie as completely unmolested car (more as a survivor with a great story), almost immediately, certain things began bugging me. I’d allowed Louie’s originality to slip away.

So I swapped radiators and battery cables with my other ’72 2002tii, whose parts were correct. I doggedly replaced my hastily-installed generic under-hood fasteners with ones from my bolt bucket that had the appropriate patina. Back in went the original plug wires, the inductive pick-up, and service port. I now love the way the engine compartment looks. Everything has the right amount of patina. Nothing jumps out as being out of place.

The original cooling system parts—the “donut” radiator hose and brass thermostat—were a tough call. Driving the 900 miles from Boston to Greer with these parts installed doesn’t feel right, so I relegated them to a small museum in a cardboard box in the trunk.

I haven’t completely reformed my function-and-cost-over-originality ways. Louie’s cold-start system is malfunctioning. The problem is due to the thermo time relay box having gone bad. A new box lists for about $300. Instead, I bypassed the box and installed a $2 switch discretely mounted below the steering column, as is frequently done on these cars. But I do feel that, over time I’m erring more and more on the side of originality. And I’ll be driving Louie down to the museum with a Pertronix electronic ignition in it. I’ve had too many vintage cars die because the points have closed up on a long trip. If you don’t like it, you and I can have a reasonable adult conversation about the limits of originality.

But if you shriek like Donald Sutherland, you’ve gone too far.

Win A 1957 Thunderbird
Win A 1957 Thunderbird - info below

Win A 1957 Thunderbird

SPIRIT OF FLIGHT MUSEUM TO GIVE AWAY A 1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD
Proceeds will help restore a rare Lockheed 12A

The Spirit of Flight museum recently received the gift of a fully restored 1957 Ford Thunderbird. The museum now plans to give it away to a lucky winner!

“We are incredibly grateful that a 1957 Thunderbird was gifted to the museum,” said Gordon Page, President of the Spirit of Flight Center. “The donor saw our Lockheed 12A aircraft project and wanted to do something to help get it back into the air. We had no idea they would give us a collector car to raffle off to help the process.”

The Starmist Blue Thunderbird has only 35,000 miles and was fully restored in 2006. It has a 312 cubic inch V-8 engine and automatic transmission, and it is loaded with features including hard and soft tops.

“We plan to hand over the keys to the car at our 10th Annual Spirit of Flight Day event on July 14, 2018,” said Gordon Page. “I can’t wait to see the look on the winners face,” added Page.

People can enter to win the car by making a donation to the non-profit Spirit of Flight Foundation at spiritofflight.tapkat.org/wina1957fordthunderbird.

You can also enter by mailing in the attached form.

All proceeds help restore the 1936 Lockheed 12A Electra Jr. that the museum acquired earlier this year.

Good luck, and thanks for your support!

Crosley
Crosley wagon

Pontiac
Pontiac

Support the RPM Act

Sign at this link: www.votervoice.net/SEMA/campaigns/45394/respond

2017 marks a new session of Congress. Bills that did not become law at the end of 2016 must be reintroduced for consideration.

UPDATE TO THE RPM ACT - click link below
www.sema.org/epa-news

Protect Your Right to Buy Ethanol Free Fuel

Below is a link to Fuel Testers - a website that is opposed to more ethanol in gasoline and would like to preserve our ability to purchase gasoline free of ethanol.
www.fuel-testers.com/petition_e15.html

Thunderbird
Bright red Thunderbird

Pickup
Chevy Pickup

DMV Titling Information

As promised I have a document about titling antique vehicles posted below for download. This contains information from the DMV speakers at the August 2015 meeting and some other information that I hope you will find useful. If in doubt about anything email or call the DMV administrators in the document; I have their contact information listed. And for the millionth time be sure to check to see if the VIN matches the VIN on the vehicle before buying it. This can save you a lot of trouble - just ask anyone who has purchased a vehicle without a matching VIN. There is also valuable info on purchasing an older vehicle from a non-title state. If you are thinking about buying a vehicle from a non-title state be sure to read it. Link to the document: Antique Vehicle Titling and Registration. I also have a bill of sale for use in buying or selling an antique vehicle: Bill of Sale; and a bill of sale for use if the signatures need to be notarized: Bill of Sale.

You may also find these links useful. The following link goes to the National Insurance Crime Bureau where you can put in a VIN that will be checked for fraud and theft at no cost. The link is www.nicb.org/theft_and_fraud_awareness/vincheck. You should do some research on the vehicle you are thinking about buying, check the VIN to make sure it matches the vehicle and of course make sure the VIN on the vehicle and title match.

The next link goes to Stolen Car Reports, another free service. At this site you can register a stolen vehicle. You can also search a zip code, city or area for the vehicles that were stolen from that area. The link is www.stolencarreports.com/report/Search.

Antique Plate Info Flyer Online

The council delegates have approved the flyer with information on antique plates and a link to it is online here: flyer opens to a new window. Council members and antique owners may print the flyer for their own reference or distribute it to those who own or are considering registering a vehicle as an antique. It will remain on the site for an undetermined time. Council delegates will review the effectiveness of the flyer at a later date.

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