California Title and Registration of Diesels

Discussion in 'Importing' started by DrivingMissRosey, Jul 8, 2015.

  1. LABEACHBUM

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    I need some help. I'm looking at buying my first BJ40. It's a 1979, originally from Costa Rica. The current owner has all proper importation papers and a referral from DMV to CHP. In the "Reason for Referral" section, it appears to say "No Fed Label," but the writing is difficult to read.

    I'm in the LA area. Has anyone gone through this with a '79 or earlier BJ40 recently?
     
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    From what I know the CHP is going to send you to CARB. And you are going to have to take the truck to the Santa Ana lab where they’ll charge you 10k to pass .
    I’ve been looking around and looks like a very difficult process.
    You might want to look to register the at somewhere else maybe under a relative’s name.
     
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    I have a party this weekend and a few cop buddies are gonna be there, I’m gonna see if they got any CHP buddies that can help speed this process up and perhaps make it easier.
     
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    This is a 1979 BJ40 - diesel engine. 1979 or older diesel vehicles are exempt from all testing.

    Unfortunately, I contacted the DMV to confirm that I could extend the temporary permit because this morning the seller told me that the permit had expired. DMV said that it was referred to smog testing and didn't need a CHP review. Turns out that the seller had submitted registration as a gas, not diesel engine.

    I inspected and drove the BJ40 today. A lot of fun, but it had too many issues for the price - including a busted odometer.
     
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    I recently talk to the CHP and what they say is that it doesn’t matter that is a diesel. Every car has to be certified by the CARB to be en California.
    Too bad the truck didn’t work out for you!
     
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    I’m guessing @saltycoconuts is still twiddling his thumbs waiting for the 22nd of July to arrive!
     
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    It seems I may be out of luck, spoke with a CHP friend and he told me that he cant help (IDK how true). Anyway, I got the CARB number from the CHP Vin officer and from CARB I got the Santa Ana grey market guys number. Looks to be that this'll end up registered in AZ... I wonder what'll be harder, a letter of acceptance from UCSF or a letter from Toyota. I also wonder If CA will refund my registration payment.
     
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    Out of state is always the best option.
     
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    What do you think is easier. Nevada or Arizona? I have a brother in NV and a grandmother in AZ so either could work
     
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    I would go for AZ if the choice was only between those two.
    Florida would be on top of the list and I think (South) Dakota is very easy.
    Somebody mentioned it somewhere here.
     
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    I saw a Nissan Silvia S15 yesterday here in LA with Florida plates.
    These were made between 1999-2002.
    Even on the federal level they cannot be imported by mortals like us.
    Those cars were never imported officially in US, RHD and a non EPA certified engine.
    Go figure.
     
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    I went to the dmv to get a refund on my registration and I spoke with the vin verification guy. He said he passed a rhd Jdm Toyota van the other day and has no idea why mine would fail.
     
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    Petrol
     
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    Maybe I should’ve left my registration as a gasser and found someone to pay 200 to pass smog if you know what I mean.
     
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    Did you get your refund?
     
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    I submitted the form which had to be mailed to Sacramento. I’m not sure how long they will take or if they will even refund it. I may just dispute it with my bank.
     
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