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Old 05-12-2012, 01:16 AM
 
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Default Reconstructed vehicle permit is KILLING us here!

Wow! Just moved back to Oahu after being off island 6 months. (Moved to Kentucky and bought a house, then husband was transferred back here 6 months later) So we brought our Jeep back this time. It has a 3 inch lift as well as big tires. So now it looks like it will cost us over $1000 to get the modifications Hawaii needs to call it street legal enough to get the safety inspection, to be able to pay $350 to get the tags changed over to Hawaii and renewed. Sheesh....

Looks like at the very least they are making us put mud flaps on it, and bigger fenders because there are spacers on it to push the wheels out a bit. Then they want it aligned and something else. That is unless they find something else while they are there. We bought it this way, and did not make the changes, so this is a real headache. If we had known this, we may have opted to leave it behind. Anyone know of a good place to have the work done, or where I can read up on what exactly has to be done?

Thanks!
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Old 05-12-2012, 01:23 AM
Status: "More Hurricanes? Mainland conspiracy?" (set 1 day ago)
 
Location: Kailua
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Wow! Just moved back to Oahu after being off island 6 months. (Moved to Kentucky and bought a house, then husband was transferred back here 6 months later) So we brought our Jeep back this time. It has a 3 inch lift as well as big tires. So now it looks like it will cost us over $1000 to get the modifications Hawaii needs to call it street legal enough to get the safety inspection, to be able to pay $350 to get the tags changed over to Hawaii and renewed. Sheesh....

Looks like at the very least they are making us put mud flaps on it, and bigger fenders because there are spacers on it to push the wheels out a bit. Then they want it aligned and something else. That is unless they find something else while they are there. We bought it this way, and did not make the changes, so this is a real headache. If we had known this, we may have opted to leave it behind. Anyone know of a good place to have the work done, or where I can read up on what exactly has to be done?

Thanks!
Well - the Hawaii way is who you know that will look the other way. If you don't know someone who will overlook the safety check issues - cash will be your friend - it isn't a bribe - people doing safety checks aren't police - it is very common in Hawaii to pay off someone for a safety check when you don't comply - happens all the time.
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Old 05-12-2012, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Volcano
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it isn't a bribe
Oh yes it is.

Sorry, but that's just not true. The person doing the inspection has a legal responsibility to conduct the inspection properly.

I know it's the way some people get things done but it's still a corrupt practice.
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Old 05-12-2012, 06:53 PM
Status: "More Hurricanes? Mainland conspiracy?" (set 1 day ago)
 
Location: Kailua
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Oh yes it is.

Sorry, but that's just not true. The person doing the inspection has a legal responsibility to conduct the inspection properly.

I know it's the way some people get things done but it's still a corrupt practice.
I suppose it is technically although I think of it more as common way of doing business in Hawaii. You don't have to drive very far on any given day and say to yourself - there is no way that car passed safety check. One of the most important things I learned very quickly upon moving here - knowing the right people and having cash gets things done in Hawaii and is much more prevalant than on the mainland.
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Old 05-12-2012, 07:17 PM
 
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Very true! Things seem to be different here, and we have been seeing cars that there is no way they passed. We went ahead and sucked it up and dropped it off to have all the modifications done. But even they told us they install temporary mud flaps and that all you have to do is remove them after the inspection. Wow...lol So we will get the full 6 inch fenders over each wheel, and the alignment. Instead of buying stock wheels and trying to deal with that every year to "fool" them. Not worth it. Just kissed away $1000 though. Oh well....
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Old 05-13-2012, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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You have to pay the inspection people cash? Oahu is very corrupt these days.
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