"The Relay" Online Newsletter
January 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.
A buddy of mine sent me a link to a Washington Post article. The article was an interview with Governor-Elect Ralph Northam. In the article Northam says that he and his brother restored a 1953 Oldsmobile and that he also owns a 1971 Corvette. Then he goes on to say he would like to improve parking at the Capitol and hold a car show there.
I thought about this for a couple of days and decided to contact the Governor-Elect. The only email I could find was the one for Lt. Governor and since Northam is Lt. Governor for the next few weeks I send an email to that address. In the email I said I would volunteer to help with a car show at the Capitol and wished the Governor-Elect well and congratulated him on his election.
About 24 hours after I sent the email I got a phone call from the Governor-Elect office. A young man who worked with the transition team told me that they were working on a lot of things to get ready for the new governor to take office but Northam is interested in having the car show and would be in touch with me when and if they can put together a show. Before I read that article I did not know that Ralph Northam was a car hobbyist but I think that is good for us. The more car hobbyists in office the better.
I still have not heard from any of the five members of the General Assembly on an exhaust bill. You would think at least one of them would contact me even if it is to say no.
Speaking of the Assembly - I have compiled a list of auto-related bills on the VAACC website like I do every GA session. You can take a look at them at this link vaacc.org/legis1.html. As always I will let you know if anything is introduced that will affect the car hobby.
Our next meeting will be Monday, January 22nd at 6:30 PM at Cesare's Ristorante & Pizza 13301 Rivers Bend Blvd Chester, VA 23836, phone: 804-530-1047. Click for driving directions. The General Assembly will be in session and we will discuss all bills of importance to car hobbyists.
The $10 per club per year dues are due during the month of January. If your club has not paid please send a $10 check made out to CCCCVA to Fred Fann, 15628 Rowlett Road, Chesterfield, VA 23838. Thanks!
Inspection Sticker Location to Change January 1st
From the State Police ~ Fred
December 1, 2017
INSPECTION BULLETIN # 373
TO: All Official Inspection Stations
FROM: Captain Ronald C. Maxey, Jr.
SUBJECT: Virginia State Inspection Sticker Placement
Recent innovations in the automotive industry have necessitated an evaluation of Sections 19VAC30-70-50 and 19VAC30-70-210 of the Motor Vehicle Safety Inspection Manual, which govern the current placement of Virginia’s safety inspection sticker, and any other authorized stickers, on vehicle windshields. Automobile manufacturers now offer crash avoidance technology in many of their vehicles. Many of these new features utilize the center of the windshield; therefore, the placement of items in this area, including stickers, may result in the crash avoidance systems not operating properly.
The purpose of the Virginia Safety Inspection Program is to promote highway safety and the crash avoidance technology is another tool provided by manufacturers to ensure vehicles operated on the roadways are safe at all times.
Therefore, after careful consideration, effective January 1, 2018, the Virginia state inspection sticker will be affixed to the windshield at the bottom left corner of the windshield, when viewed from the inside of the vehicle. The left edge of the sticker is to be approximately one (1) inch to the right of the left edge of the windshield and the top edge of the sticker is to be approximately four (4) inches from the bottom of the windshield, when viewed from the inside of the vehicle. (See Attachment – Page 2)
Please ensure you begin affixing the inspection sticker at the new location on the windshield beginning January 1, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact your local Safety Trooper or Safety Division Area Office.
This inspection bulletin serves as guidance concerning these specific circumstances and these changes will be reflected in the next official revision to the Motor Vehicle Safety Inspection Manual.
RCM/MTP/Download a copy of the bulletin at this link: INSPECTION BULLETIN # 373
In addition to the State Police making this change there is a pre-filed bill in the General Assembly, HB 27 Vehicle inspection sticker; location on vehicle, which would change the law to allow the different placement of the inspection stickers. The bill's summary as introduced states: Vehicle inspection sticker; location on vehicle. Changes the display location of a vehicle inspection sticker from the windshield to the rear window in the lower corner on the driver's side of the vehicle. I am not sure if a change in the law is needed or if the State Police can make this change ~ Fred.
Car Hobbyist News
Happy New Year to everyone and let’s all hope it is going to be a good one. Big news at the state level as the democrats won all the statewide offices and have gained seats in the House. And of course this is January and the General Assembly will meet and discuss hundreds of pieces of legislation.
First let’s hear from Governor-Elect Ralph Northam. This is an excerpt from an interview with the Washington Post: “A classic-car buff who restored a 1953 Oldsmobile with his brother and tinkers on a 1971 Corvette, Northam lit up when he said he’d like to invite car clubs to hold shows around the Executive Mansion and Capitol. Provided, he added, he can get permission from Susan Clarke Schaar, the longtime clerk of the Senate who keeps a tight rein on decorum. “We’ve also had discussions with the Richmond Raceway to bring one of my cars out there and do like an exhibit,” he said. The point would be to show that he was able to do the restoration because he learned the skills in school, “and to really interest or excite children that there’s a future in those things,” he said.”
I will let you know if the new governor contacts me about a show at the Capitol. I have still not heard from the five members of the Assembly I asked to sponsor an exhaust bill. There have been a couple of interesting bills pre-filed for the upcoming session. They are listed below.
HB 9 Safety restraints; all occupants of motor vehicles required to utilize. This bill would require all passengers, even those in the back seat, to wear seat belts.
HB 27 Vehicle inspection sticker; location on vehicle. This bill would allow inspection stickers to be moved to the lower driver side of the windshield. The State Police have already issued a bulletin moving the stickers on all vehicles that are inspected beginning the first of 2018. I’m not sure if a law change is needed.
HB 103 Interstate 95; VDOT to commence project to add additional lanes. Directs the Department of Transportation to immediately commence a transportation project to add an additional lane of travel to that portion of Interstate 95 between Exit 126 in Spotsylvania County and Interstate 495 in both the north-bound and south-bound directions. It’s about time!
SB 97 Driving with animal; no person shall operate a moving motor vehicle with an animal on his lap. So sorry those of you who drive around with your dog in your lap.
SB 116 License plates, special; issuance for members/supporters of Parents Against Bullying organization. Special license plates; NO BULLY ZONE. Authorizes the issuance of revenue-sharing special license plates for members and supporters of the Parents Against Bullying organization bearing the legend NO BULLY ZONE. I’m sure these plates will cure that bully problem.
Keep in mind only a fraction of the expected legislation has been pre-filed at the time I’m writing this and that only a fraction of introduced legislation makes it into law. It should be an interesting session with a new governor and a close split between the two parties. Keep up with legislation at the www.vaacc.org" website.
As mentioned above the placement of inspection stickers has been changed from near the center of the lower windshield to the lower driver side. This is from the VSP bulletin: “Automobile manufacturers now offer crash avoidance technology in many of their vehicles. Many of these new features utilize the center of the windshield; therefore, the placement of items in this area, including stickers, may result in the crash avoidance systems not operating properly.”
“Therefore, after careful consideration, effective January 1, 2018, the Virginia state inspection sticker will be affixed to the windshield at the bottom left corner of the windshield, when viewed from the inside of the vehicle. The left edge of the sticker is to be approximately one (1) inch to the right of the left edge of the windshield and the top edge of the sticker is to be approximately four (4) inches from the bottom of the windshield, when viewed from the inside of the vehicle.”
While we monitor state legislation a lot is happening in DC. The Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act is a bipartisan bill that protects Americans' right to modify street cars and motorcycles into dedicated race vehicles and safeguards the industry's right to sell the parts that enable racers to compete has moved forward. The House Environment Subcommittee recently approved the bill, and a hearing was held by the Senate Clean Air Subcommittee to review the bill.
You may recall the Obama administration declaring climate change as a threat to national security. The Trump administration has not only removed the US from the Paris climate accord but has removed climate change from the list of national security threats. An excerpt from Trump's new plan emphasizing “America First” reads:
U.S. leadership is indispensable to countering an anti-growth energy agenda that is detrimental to U.S. economic and energy security interests. Given future global energy demand, much of the developing world will require fossil fuels, as well as other forms of energy, to power their economies and lift their people out of poverty. The United States will continue to advance an approach that balances energy security, economic development, and environmental protection. The United States will remain a global leader in reducing traditional pollution, as well as greenhouse gases, while expanding our economy. This is achievement, which can serve as a model to other countries, flows from innovation, technology breakthroughs, and energy efficiency gains, not from onerous regulation.
The tax reform bill that you have heard so much about has a provision for opening up oil exploration in a section of ANWR (Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge). This has been debated since the 1970s. ANWR drilling was left out of the House’s original tax legislation but was included in the Senate’s, and now has found its way into the final version of the bill hashed out by the chambers’ conference committee. Green groups have fought the measure but at this time it looks like they have lost.
This provision will allow exploration only in a 1.5 million-acre swath of ANWR known as the “1002 area,” which lies along the coast. In total, ANWR spans more than 19 million acres, and the vast majority of the refuge will remain untouched by energy companies. “The benefits of energy development extend far beyond raising revenue. Energy development creates good-paying jobs. Where? In Alaska, of course, where ANWR is located, but also along the entire energy supply chain,” the office of House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said. “For example, pipes and equipment must be built. Truckers must be hired to drive equipment. That means good jobs for Americans across the country. This also means a major economic boost for our economy.” Republicans estimate ANWR drilling will create at least $1 billion in revenue over 10 years, though it’s unclear exactly when drilling will begin. Despite the authorization within the tax-reform package, it’s still likely to take years for companies to secure the land and go through necessary approval and permitting processes.
The council will monitor legislation and keep you informed of anything exciting that happens.
SEMA SAN Federal Update
From SEMA's Driving Force Newsletter
RPM Act: Support for the “Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act” continues to grow in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Over 175 members of Congress have now co-sponsored the bipartisan bill. The RPM Act clarifies that the Clean Air Act allows motor vehicles to be converted into dedicated race cars and that it is legal to produce, sell and install race parts for these vehicles. Passage of the RPM Act will protect sales beyond emissions-related parts, including racing tires, wheels, brakes, suspension equipment and roll cages. Customers won’t be buying and installing these products if a car or motorcycle cannot be converted into a dedicated race vehicle. The House Environment Subcommittee held a hearing on the bill in September and lawmakers are being urged to schedule additional action.
Replica Vehicle Law: A SAN-supported law enacted in 2015 will allow small auto manufacturers to sell completed replica cars. These are vehicles that resemble cars manufactured at least 25 years ago. The companies will be able to produce up to 325 turnkey replica vehicles (per company) in the United States and 5,000 worldwide under a simplified regulatory system. Until now, the federal government’s regulatory system did not differentiate between a company producing millions of vehicles and a business producing a few custom cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board are still working on regulations to implement the law, which was scheduled to take effect in 2017.
E15/Ethanol: A SAN-supported bill to cap the amount of ethanol that can be blended into conventional gasoline at 10% and prohibit the sale of E15 (gasoline with 15% ethanol) has been introduced. The bill would eliminate the Renewable Fuel Standard’s (RFS) mandate that 15 billion gallons of corn-based ethanol be blended into the U.S. fuel supply each year. While the RFS was intended to reduce the nation’s dependency on foreign oil, the 2007 law has translated into ever-increasing corn production so that the ethanol byproduct can be blended into gasoline. The EPA has turned to sales of E15 to achieve the law’s artificial mandate. Ethanol, especially in higher concentrations such as E15, can cause metal corrosion and dissolve certain plastics and rubbers in automobiles produced before 2001 that were not constructed with ethanol-resistant materials. The SAN has joined with more than 50 other organizations to support the bill’s passage. Congress is not expected to pass legislation until the “blend wall” has been reached—the point at which no more ethanol can be blended without forcing higher blends such as E15 and above into the marketplace. The legislation is divided more on whether the politicians represent corn-growing regions rather than political party affiliation.
Bonneville Salt Flats (BSF): The salt flats have significantly decreased in size, strength and thickness over many decades as salt brine was channeled away from the area. The SAN, along with other organizations and companies comprising the Save the Salt Coalition, is working closely with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which manages the salt flats, in addition to federal and state lawmakers, on ways to restore the BSF and its 13-mile speedway. The Coalition has proposed a comprehensive plan, which includes increasing the amount of salt being pumped onto the salt flats during the winter. The Coalition is working with the adjoining potash mine owner on plans to dramatically increase the amount of salt being pumped onto the salt flats and with lawmakers to fund the program.
National Monuments: Last April, President Trump ordered the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) to review up to 40 national monument designations dating back to 1996 and recommend whether any should be rescinded, resized or modified. The DOI recommended that 10 national monuments be modified, including a size reduction for four monuments: Grand Staircase-Escalante (1.88 million acres), Bears Ear (1.35 million acres), both in Utah, Nevada’s Gold Butte (300,000 acres) and Washington’s Cascade-Siskiyou (87,000 acres). President Trump will now consider the recommendations. At issue is the 110-year-old Antiquities Act, a law that gives the president authority to preserve land with significant natural, cultural or scientific features. Hundreds of millions of acres have been set aside over the decades leading many to question whether the footprints are larger than necessary. The SAN supports the current review along with legislation in the U.S. Congress to curtail the President’s power to unilaterally designate national monuments by requiring their approval by Congress and the impacted state legislature(s). The issue is consequential since national monuments automatically prohibit new roads or trails for motorized vehicles and require a new land-management plan be drafted that could lead to more road closures.
California OHVs: The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that requires the BLM to reopen the 75,000-acre Clear Creek National Recreation Area (NRA) in California’s San Benito and Fresno Counties for recreational use, including OHV access. The bill would provide OHV access to more than 240 miles of public trails. Clear Creek NRA was closed in 2008 due to potential asbestos exposure concerns. However, an independent risk-assessment study requested by the California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Commission concluded that management and operational strategies could be effectively employed to allow OHV use without exposing the public to unacceptable risks. The legislation has been referred to the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
What We Got Last Year from the General Assembly
From SEMA SAN:
Virginia Antique Tax: Governor Terry McAuliffe signed into law a measure to exempt a motor vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer that is licensed as an antique from the imposition of local license tax and fees. Virginia law defines an antique motor vehicle as “every motor vehicle which was actually manufactured or designated by the manufacturer as a model manufactured in a calendar year not less than 25 years prior to January 1 of each calendar year and is owned solely as a collector’s item.”
SEMA SAN State-By-State Auto Emissions Guide Newly Updated
Let’s face it, vehicle emissions inspections are a necessary evil for much of the country. We all understand that our planet needs clean air to survive. Even classic car aficionados agree that a fair balance of restrictions under reasonable conditions is a fair approach to dealing with the smog caused by car emissions. Thankfully, practices to reduce harmful emissions have been successfully implemented in a number of industries, not just among mobile sources like our favorite cars and trucks.
While strides in technology have greatly improved air quality in many places, staying current with changing rules can pose a challenge. Many jurisdictions handle this issue differently. The SEMA Action Network (SAN) has made it easy to look up each state’s emissions requirements online. In fact, the emissions webpage has been fully updated for 2017 and is now posted live. Of course, the information is subject to change. Please consult the statutes and regulations directly to ensure the accuracy of the information. Details can be found online at www.semaSAN.com/emissions.
Here is the info for Virginia
Annual emissions inspections are required for vehicles registered in the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, and Stafford and cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park and must be passed prior to vehicle registration and registration renewal.
All 1997 model year and newer diesel powered vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating up to and including 8,500 pounds are required to undergo emissions inspections.
1. New vehicles being titled for the first time for the first two years of registration
2. A vehicle with a model year of 25 years old or older
3. Vehicles with a GVWR of more than 10,000 lbs
4. Electric or other clean vehicles
For more information visit: www.dmv.virginia.gov/vehicles/#emissions.asp
2004 Maserati Coupe' for sale - see story below
Beautiful Italian Paperweight!
From the best of CL:
Don't need a 16k Paperweight? Of course you don't! How about an Italian money toilet!
Some of you may recognize this as a 2004 Maserati Coupe' (also known as the 4200 GT). Don't let that gorgeous Italian body fool you though, this car is Satan's chariot to Hell (or bankruptcy).
I do not exaggerate when I say that this car has been in the shop HALF the time I have owned it. In the last 6 months, I have put ELEVEN THOUSAND DOLLARS into it in parts and labor and the thing still isn't right.
I'm not rich. I'm just an average dude that always wanted a Maserati. Since I was a kid I lusted after those Italian curves and exhaust note. Now my own kids come to me and ask me why there's no food to eat and the electricity has been turned off and I have to tell them it's because Daddy's car is sick again.
This car has a new clutch, new clutch actuator, position sensor, F1 pump and relay, gear selector switch (a 2k SWITCH) new tie rods and new tires. It has the miraculous F1 transmission. As in if it works, it is a miracle. It is also seemingly inhabited by evil spirits.
The voodoo priests at the Maserati dealer insist it's fixed. But it's not. And I've seen their facility. There's no tools, just an altar to Alejandro DeTomaso where they place the still beating hearts and smoking wallets of Maserati owners and ask for a vision of what the @#$$ is wrong with their clients' cars.
Come take a look at it! It's Beautiful! It WILL let you down. You might think that since I poured so much money into it, that there must just be one more thing and then it will be perfect. You can drive it home and laugh at the poor slob that you bought it from who did all the work for you. Nope. Not gonna happen. This car will make you cry.
So why am I asking 16 grand for it? Good question. I'm taking a HUGE loss at that price and that's the lowest price I can let it go for and still be able to pay my mortgage. If that's too much, don't buy it. I don't blame you.
Come look at it! Bring a witch doctor and maybe, just maybe, if the stars are aligned just right you can drive it. DO NOT DRIVE IT. If you drive it, you will want it. It is fast. It is beautiful. It makes a sound like angels revving their angelmobiles.
I want this thing out of my sight. I'm tired of sitting in it at night drinking and making engine noises with my mouth while I pretend it is not a huge pile of disappointment and debt.
Do not offer me 5k for it. The Trident badge alone makes it worth more than that. I don't have to sell it. It can sit in my garage and I can continue to hate it. I don't HAVE to sell it. I WANT to. There's a difference.
Red Light Ticket Turns into Free-Speech Rights
A traffic ticket dispute in Oregon turns into a bigger fight over free-speech rights from the LA Times via MSN
In 2013, Mats Jarlstrom's wife got a $260 ticket in the mail for running a red light.
It wasn't exactly the crime of the century. A camera caught her Volkswagen passing through a Beaverton, Ore., intersection 0.12 second after the light turned from yellow to red.
Other people might curse, pay the fine and forget about it.
But Jarlstrom, who earned a degree in electronic engineering in Sweden, got curious: How are yellow lights timed? He decided to investigate.
Little did he know that his quest would land him with an even bigger fine and morph into a battle over free speech rights.
Jarlstrom, a 57-year-old green card holder, moved to the U.S. in 1992 and says he now works as a consultant who helps companies repair electrical instruments. He doesn't have an engineering license, but he proudly calls himself "a Swedish engineer" who wants to improve his community.
"Instead of being interested in how to do something in a new way or understand that they're not doing something correctly, they wanted to shut me up," Jarlstrom said in an interview. "Traffic safety in Sweden is 250 percent better than the USA. It's not only that we are driving Volvos. It's that we have good engineers who are well educated and understand things.
"I just wanted to contribute," he said.
In Beaverton, the yellow lights were supposed to last exactly 3.5 seconds.
But using a stopwatch and two high-definition video cameras, Jarlstrom ran his own tests on the intersection where his wife was ticketed. He said his findings showed that the intersection's yellow lights ran on average 0.14 second, or 4 percent, shorter than advertised. He complained to the city.
"You might think this error is small but put into perspective a watch would add one full hour every day! (24 hours (ASTERISK) 4 percent equals 0.96 hours or 57.6 minutes)," Jarlstrom wrote in a memo to the City Council. "Not acceptable accuracy with today's technology - the ancient Greeks had better timing devices!"
City officials weren't convinced that anything was wrong - and neither was a judge, who looked at Jarlstrom's research before upholding his wife's ticket.
Jarlstrom also sued the city in federal court over its lights, but a judge ruled that the lawsuit lacked federal standing and threw it out.
But Jarlstrom started looking at the bigger picture: Was 3.5 seconds even the appropriate length for a yellow light?
Drivers have long faced the same problem as the light turns yellow: "Whether to stop too quickly (and perhaps come to rest partly within the intersection) or to chance going through the intersection, possibly during the red light phase," wrote the authors of a 1959 study who called the problem the "dilemma zone."
Taking into account traffic speed, driver reaction and other variables, the paper presented calculations to measure the dilemma zone that would eventually inspire formulas for yellow lights adopted by the Institute of Transportation Engineers, an international association that is influential in the arcane world of traffic technology.
Jarlstrom concluded that the formula did not sufficiently account for drivers slowing to make turns, making yellow lights too short for some drivers.
By then, his mission had morphed from fighting her ticket to changing public policy.
In messages sent to a national engineering association and to the CBS News show "60 Minutes" in 2014, Jarlstrom boasted that his formula "will have worldwide impact."
"I have actually invented and publicly released a new extended solution to the original problem with the amber signal light in traffic flow," he wrote a year later in an email to Patrick Garrett, the Washington County sheriff.
But some of the biggest interest came from the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying, which regulates engineers in Oregon. After the board received an email from Jarlstrom in 2015 presenting his idea, it launched an investigation - into Jarlstrom.
On Nov. 1, 2016, the board sent him a civil notice finding that he was practicing engineering without a license and fined him $500.
"By asserting to a public body in correspondence that he is an ('excellent') engineer, and asserting to the public media in correspondence that he is a ('Swedish') engineer, Jarlstrom held himself out as, and implied that he is, an engineer," the board wrote in its citation.
State licensing laws exist to prevent the public from being harmed by untrained people purporting to be experts. But Jarlstrom did not think he needed to be a licensed engineer to critique public policy.
He sued the state licensing board with the backing of the Institute of Justice, a libertarian organization, for allegedly violating his First Amendment free speech rights.
"Jarlstrom wants to write and speak publicly about a matter of local, state and nationwide concern: the safety and fairness of traffic lights and traffic-light cameras," the lawsuit said.
It also argued that state law created "a government-run monopoly on engineering concepts generally."
The board eventually backed down and agreed it had violated Jarlstrom's free speech rights by applying the state's engineering restrictions to Jarlstrom "in a noncommercial and nonprofessional setting."
However, the case remains unresolved, as Jarlstrom wants a broad ruling from a judge that will bar the state from challenging his standing as an engineer in the future, while the state still wants to regulate who can call themselves an engineer, citing public safety.
"Effectively they are trying to make this case go away while preserving as much as their rights as possible," said Jarlstrom's attorney, Sam Gedge.
The state board did not respond to messages seeking comment.
Nearly lost in the debate is whether Jarlstrom's ideas have scientific merit. The Institute of Transportation Engineers took them seriously enough to let him make a presentation of his work at its conference in Anaheim in August 2016.
But Jarlstrom said he was afraid to release more of his research on stoplights to the public without a ruling allowing him to call himself an engineer.
"In Sweden, you don't have those issues, and I feel completely violated that I can't say who I am," Jarlstrom said. "It's a human right, and I think it's an international right. Geneva Convention in wartime. You have a right to say who you are."
Visit the Los Angeles Times at www.latimes.com
2018 Corvette Raffle info below
2018 Corvette Raffle
I would like to make you aware of a great opportunity to win a 2018 Corvette Stingray (valued at $60,000). Only 1500 tickets will be sold. You need not be present to win. Proceeds will go to several organizations benefiting our veterans.
I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-241-9770.
Thank you very much,
South Richmond Rotary Club
1956 Crown Victoria
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
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.
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.
1956 Chevy hardtop
1949 Ford sedan
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