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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old Apr 20th, 17, 3:06 PM Thread Starter
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Help with Canadian Camaro

I'm wondering if anyone has run into this issue when buying/bringing in a Canadian vehicle into the U.S. A good friend of mine bought a 69 Camaro from Canada and it has already been in California since last summer, it's registered in his name but he can't get a title because DMV needs an "emissions compliance letter" from the manufacturer. I've contacted Chevrolet HQ and General Motors and of course nothing is available for a vehicle almost 50 years old. I've contacted the Air Resource Board about an exemption but it doesn't qualify since it's not older than 1966.

Has anyone encountered anything like this?

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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old Apr 20th, 17, 8:07 PM
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I would suggest going to a different DMV office and try again. It might just be an a$$hole employee just trying to make your life miserable. It wouldn't be the first time.
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Cali doesn't have any exemptions? I'm not surprised, but I would think there would be some way.

Otherwise, would it be possible to register/title in another state and then transfer?
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post #4 of 25 (permalink) Old Apr 21st, 17, 7:36 AM
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According to this, vehicle must only comply if 1975 or newer...?

https://www.dmv.com/ca/california/cu...e-registration

6. An emissions inspection conducted by a Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) Referee Station unless the vehicle is model year 1975 or older. For an appointment at a BAR Referee Station, call (800) 622-7733.
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post #5 of 25 (permalink) Old Apr 21st, 17, 9:26 AM
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x2 try talking to someone else most at DMV have no clue
wouldnt happen to be an ss rs would it?Sold mine to a guy in canada yrs ago

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post #6 of 25 (permalink) Old Apr 21st, 17, 10:59 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Help with Canadian Camaro

Thanks for the responses guys. So the car has been in California since last summer, and DMV is sending letters to the house. Here is the last letter received.
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post #7 of 25 (permalink) Old Apr 21st, 17, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Help with Canadian Camaro

Also, this isn't a Canadian car technically, it's a car that spent the last 10 years or so in Canada but was originally from the U.S.

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post #8 of 25 (permalink) Old Apr 22nd, 17, 11:03 AM
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Also, this isn't a Canadian car technically, it's a car that spent the last 10 years or so in Canada but was originally from the U.S.
I'm no expert, but then it shouldn't need anything from Canada. Can he prove it was a US car, the vin and trim tag should prove it right?

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Here's what you do. Go in there and tell them you illegally imported it from Mexico. You'll get free registration/insurance/climate controlled parking and a full tank of gas.
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Is the DMV here in California assuming the car was built in Canada because it has Canadian plates and asking if car now in the US was built to California emission standards?I believe VIN L shows in was made in Los Angeles,what more do thet need.Also is the Camaro an automatic or stick.
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Your buddy might want to use a broker that deals with registering cars for dealerships, tow yards and wrecking yards. It will cost him, but he will then have someone on his side that knows the system and is working for him.

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Cali doesn't have any exemptions? I'm not surprised, but I would think there would be some way.

Otherwise, would it be possible to register/title in another state and then transfer?
X2 can you register in different state first then transfer? My car was from Utah and has no cali smog equipment I didn't have to do jump through any hoops. 1975 and below you should be exempt but have to retain original emission equipment if equipped. I try to avoid the DMV, if you have s AAA card your can go there and the are 10x more helpful.

This is coming from a state that needed to raise everyone's registration in order to pay for emergency road repairs.... Now they are declining your money what gives?
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X2 can you register in different state first then transfer? My car was from Utah and has no cali smog equipment I didn't have to do jump through any hoops. 1975 and below you should be exempt but have to retain original emission equipment if equipped. I try to avoid the DMV, if you have s AAA card your can go there and the are 10x more helpful.

This is coming from a state that needed to raise everyone's registration in order to pay for emergency road repairs.... Now they are declining your money what gives?
Pre-1975 cars are not exempt from having their original emissions equipment. They are only exempt the from bi-annual testing needed for registration purposes.

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Your buddy might want to use a broker that deals with registering cars for dealerships, tow yards and wrecking yards. It will cost him, but he will then have someone on his side that knows the system and is working for him.

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We found someone who deals with these "grey market" vehicles who could've helped, had he not have started the process with DMV first.

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We found someone who deals with these "grey market" vehicles who could've helped, had he not have started the process with DMV first.
It might be worth seeing if you friend can schedule a meeting so the guy can run him through the process. A little bit of money spent on that could save your friend a lot of time and frustration.

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