I have had mine for over three years, I haven't retitled it because as soon
as you do they tax it.
Not that it would be a bunch, I figure $75.00 in SC.
I owned a Hobie 16 for 4 years and never did title it, I had the cert. of
origin but in SC unless you had a motor over 5 HP you didn't need squat. No
From: Huw Upshall [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, June 23, 1999 6:19 PM
To: Ken C
Subject: Re: Commission plate location.
Well, this just goes to show why my other spitfire doesn't have a title.
I bought it from this guy down in california after he had stripped the car
down to the frame. (vin plates had been removed). To get a title in
washington state for any car brought in out of state, it has to have a VIN
inspection. They will confiscate this sucker if I brought it in as is.
Anyhow, I have the plates and the title in a little baggie. After it's
restored, I'll pop the plates back on and then get it titled. The only
problem is I bought it a year ago and you're supposed to get it titled
within 30 days... hahahahahaha... ya, right.
On Wed, 23 Jun 1999, Ken C wrote:
> It is amazing the stuff honest people have to put up with in order to deal
> with the government these days, in their eyes we're all about to become
> criminals. In California, trying to title my '72 Spit was a real pain !!
> Bought the car from a guy in Arizona, doesn't run, trailered it to CA.
> got a valid AZ title which he turns over as part of the sale. Being the
> naive person (read stupid!) I am, I just hustle on down to the DMV, and
> to title the car in CA, no registration (plates) 'cause it's not running
> it's gonna be awhile before it is. Omygod, you'd think I was trying to
> the crown jewels !! First, the DMV wants to see the car, "Sorry, it's not
> here, it doesn't run". Well just too damn bad, we, the all powerful DMV,
> can't help you until the car is 'verified'. And to get it verified, you
> gotta have a DMV person see it. Or, after a little discussion, a cop can
> verify it. So I call the local police and after pleading and begging, they
> agree to send someone out. They did, a sargeant !! And he looked at all
> id plates, wrote a bunch of stuff down on the 'verification form' (yes,
> have a form !!), signed it, gave it to me and left. Back to the DMV. Hand
> over $90 and the forms, they're happy, I leave. The short version...
> FIVE trips back to the DMV (more info needed!!) and just today I receive a
> "Non-operational receipt", still no title, but, hey, what's the rush !!
> possible that I might complete the restoration prior to receiving a
> I asked the cop why such a convoluted process, he just shakes his head,
> idea..." Have you ever recovered a stolen car this way ?? "No, a bad guy
> would just steal the plates from another car". Ya mean a bad guy isn't
> try and register his stolen car ??!! Why, I was just shocked !! The nerve
> of those bad guys !!
> Ain't it great !! Ken C
> > You should have seen me trying to register my Spit. The VIN number tag
> > broken off from the windshield frame, and I had to got to the central
> > office to get a new one issued.
> > I think the PO had the windshield replaced, breaking the VIN tab off in
> > process, (as evident by the twisted remains of the windshield trim
> > My local mechanic suggested that he could "make" a new one, this didn't
> > quite right with me.
> > I could just see the DMV officer commenting on the shiny look of the VIN
> > tag.
> > At least the let me keep the same VIN number that was on the commission
> > plate in the aforementioned door jam.
> > I agree with not playing around with VIN numbers on cars!