I’ve just acquired an S1 from out of CA and want to be prepared for what I’ll run into with the DMV. Knowing the stellar quality of their staff, I want to make sure I have all my ducks in a row when I walk in so there are no surprises.
I’ve read a lot on here about the J tags issued in the early days for cars originally sold in CA to meet their ID number requirements, but I haven’t been able to find anything about people bringing a non-J tagged car into CA for new title and registration. Is the DMV able to handle it with just the chassis number (like 1EXXXXXX) or will they require more digits for their system? If they require more, is there any responsibility of the new owner to establish that first, or do they do it on the spot?
Do they require the car in person to inspect, or is it just a paperwork transaction? I’ve searched through the DMV site info and couldn’t find that requirement. Since my local DMV branch shares is at the end of a little group of strip mall shops and shares its always-crowded parking lot with a Walmart, I cringe at the thought of having to park a lovely new E type there.
Also, has anyone had experience using the AAA’s DMV services to handle all this, or does it require one to go to the DMV instead? On AAA’s website they say they can handle vehicle ownership transactions from out of state and everything else needed, but I wonder if that is true for something like an old classic. It would be wonderful to handle it all through AAA and not have to get anywhere near the life-sucking vacuum that is the CA DMV.
Any experiences and advice appreciated!