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Old 03-11-2009, 06:25 PM
 
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I am moving to LA from east coast in one week.
I have a chance to buy a good cheap car out here.

I guess I would get "transfer plates" from my east coast dealer, whatever those are?

So when I get the car to LA, I go right to the DMV to register the car, get the plates and to get my license - all in one fell swoop? Are there a lot of extra fees for that?

Am I missing an important step? How long are the transfer plates god for?

thanks
Shaggy
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Old 03-11-2009, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Apple Valley Calif
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If you paid sales tax on the vehicle, you will onluy pay the difference, if any.
Most states require you to surrounder plates before leaving and notify them the car is no longer in that state.
You will need a smog certificate.
California Department of Motor Vehicles
All the answers are right in here...
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Old 03-14-2009, 04:03 PM
 
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The short of it is that it's no trouble at all. A few forms, a test or two, pay the money and you're good.
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Old 03-14-2009, 05:23 PM
 
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I heard it is really expensive to register a car in California. I have a 2003 Cavalier and was thinking of driving it there. But, if it is going to be really expensive I might sell the car here and buy another one once I move there.
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Old 03-14-2009, 05:37 PM
 
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The short of it is that it's no trouble at all. A few forms, a test or two, pay the money and you're good.
What about the consequences of an out-of-state car not passing California's emissions tests? Bringing the car up to standard could cost a lot of money, correct?
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Old 03-14-2009, 06:19 PM
 
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Smogging your car could be an issue.
What is the year of your car?
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Old 03-16-2009, 12:56 PM
 
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What about the consequences of an out-of-state car not passing California's emissions tests? Bringing the car up to standard could cost a lot of money, correct?

Well, if the rusted-out, smoke-billowing, decades old cars I see driving around LA on a daily basis are any indication, passing the emission test can't be all that difficult. I have a 1999 Nissan Maxima and I've never had any problems with passing.
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Old 03-16-2009, 01:03 PM
 
Location: NW. MO.
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If the vehicle is from out of state you will have to pay any taxes due plus registration fees, then you must get it smog tested and have a VIN inspection done. The smog in my area costs about 81 bucks and the VIN can be done by a CHP and cost nothing. You'll get a temp for a month or so to allow you to get the smog and vin inspection completed, then you take the paperwork done and get your tags.
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Old 03-16-2009, 01:25 PM
 
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If the vehicle is from out of state you will have to pay any taxes due plus registration fees, then you must get it smog tested and have a VIN inspection done. The smog in my area costs about 81 bucks and the VIN can be done by a CHP and cost nothing. You'll get a temp for a month or so to allow you to get the smog and vin inspection completed, then you take the paperwork done and get your tags.

Be sure and check around on the smog tests because you can usually find them for $20 to $30.
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Old 01-22-2010, 10:54 PM
 
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I am purchasing a 2010 new car from Montana. Don't panic - it's emissions are cert for Cali. Anyway, looks like I have 20 days to register my car here and pay registration and license fees. I also see a HUGE chunk is the sales/use tax. I read an oddly written sentence about having 365 days from date of entry to pay the use tax. Does that mean that I can pay to register my new car, get license plates, etc., and then I can wait to pay the use tax as long as it's paid within 365 days? OR was it referring to something else? Thanks!
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