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Old 11-28-2011, 05:12 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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I did not mean to say that the vehicle does not get checked, it does. Merely that the inspection is far less strict.

My truck has passed inspections at two different repair shops now with a broken windshield, and serious rust issues.
Keep going to the same place . Rust doesn't matter for a farm vehicle, the rest technically should. If you found a shop that will pass it with the other issues, keep up the goodwill between you and them, and take it there for everything you need done that you can't do yourself.


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As to the 20-mile limit, it's 20-miles from your home township boundary, unless on farm business.
It's a 20 mile radius from the FARM, not the township line. If a partial inspection the 20 mile limit DOES include farm business. Be careful if you are further.

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I haul livestock and/or feed, produce to market, building materials, tow a trailer hauling a tractor, I haul manure and hay, etc. All of which waives the 20-mile limit.
Only if you have a full inspection, if you have a partial inspection it does limit you to the 20 mile radius. Again, if you haven't been dinged yet, keep doing what you are doing and be careful.


Right from the states own website, and it is pretty black and white. Italics is my added comment.
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8. What are the restrictions on a Farm plate?

A farm-plated truck is limited to use related to farming and the farmer's personal and family transportation. A farm-plated truck may obtain either a full or partial inspection. If a full inspection is obtained, then the truck is not limited as to distance for registration and inspection purposes.

If a partial inspection is obtained, the truck is limited to a 20 mile radius of the farm (notice it does not say township, but specifically states "the farm"), and the name of the town must be painted on the sides of the truck. The partial inspection includes running gear, steering mechanism, brakes, exhaust system, and lights, safety glass and tires.
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Old 11-28-2011, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Keep going to the same place . Rust doesn't matter for a farm vehicle, the rest technically should. If you found a shop that will pass it with the other issues, keep up the goodwill between you and them, and take it there for everything you need done that you can't do yourself.
I found two.

One I use for repair work [4X4 transfer linkage went out, tune-ups, etc].

The other place does low-priced oil changes and inspections, so I asked them to inspect it the last time I was in for an oil change.

They had both said that they only look at safety stuff.
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Old 11-28-2011, 05:38 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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I found two.

One I use for repair work [4X4 transfer linkage went out, tune-ups, etc].

The other place does low-priced oil changes and inspections, so I asked them to inspect it the last time I was in for an oil change.

They had both said that they only look at safety stuff.
Sounds like they use common sense. Good to find those places, and then support them. I had a couple in the Caribou/PI area like that I went to.
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Old 12-01-2011, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Bar Harbor, ME
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Finally found all the paperwork. Both cars excise tax was about $110 each.

I took the plain chickadee tag, but my wife just had to have the animal lover tag. So now people won't be looking at us as if we're tourists anymore. We'll always be "from away", but at least we aren't advertising the fact anymore.

Finally.....
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