Report: #1112383

Complaint Review: DMV

  • Submitted: Thu, January 02, 2014
  • Updated: Thu, January 02, 2014
  • Reported By: Hotrodnova — american canyon California
  • DMV

    napa, California

DMV Classic car collector gets ripped off by the DMV napa California

*UPDATE Employee: Simple solution

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I love old cars. I find them and over time put them back on the road. If thats not hard enough the dmv screws me over when ever I go to pay the registration. Back fees, late fees, bend over and take fees, I call it getting f**ked over fees. There is a vehicle code that protects car collectors from this abuse but they don't play by the rules all they want is my money. The state is broke due to poor regulation and they will take it from anyone that has it. What I'm I missing here??

Section 5052 states whether currently licensed or unlicensed. I registered my cars put them on my insurance when I drive it to a show, when done using the car I cancel the insurance. The dmv then suspends the registration because of no insurance. But i'm not using it!!! I can"t drive five classic cars at the same time. So I let the registration laps and started usuing the one trip permit to take it to the shows. I was told that I if it was non op I could'nt put it on the road and would loose it if pulled over. The day before Christmas the state took the money from my bank account Late fees +_ $75. fee from my bank. Total of $275. On original $107. reg. WHAT CAN I DO. Its only a matter of time before they go after my collection.

5050.  The Legislature finds and declares that constructive leisure pursuits by California citizens is most important. This article is intended to encourage responsible participation in the hobby of collecting, preserving, restoring, and maintaining motor vehicles of historic and special interest, which hobby contributes to the enjoyment of the citizen and the preservation of California's automotive memorabilia.

5051.  As used in this article, unless the context otherwise requires:
   (a) "Collector" is the owner of one or more vehicles described in Section 5004 or of one or more special interest vehicles, as defined in this article, who collects, purchases, acquires, trades, or disposes of the vehicle, or parts thereof, for his or her own use, in order to preserve, restore, and maintain the vehicle for hobby or historical purposes.
   (b) "Special interest vehicle" is a vehicle of an age that is unaltered from the manufacturer's original specifications and,
because of its significance, including, but not limited to, an out-of-production vehicle or a model of less than 2,000 sold in
California in a model-year, is collected, preserved, restored, or maintained by a hobbyist as a leisure pursuit.
   (c) "Parts car" is a motor vehicle that is owned by a collector to furnish parts for restoration or maintenance of a special interest vehicle or a vehicle described in Section 5004, thus enabling a collector to preserve, restore, and maintain a special interest vehicle or a vehicle described in Section 5004.
   (d) "Street rod vehicle" is a motor vehicle, other than a motorcycle, manufactured in, or prior to, 1948 that is individually modified in its body style or design, including through the use of nonoriginal or reproduction components, and may include additional modifications to other components, including, but not limited to, the engine, drivetrain, suspension, and brakes in a manner that does not adversely affect its safe performance as a motor vehicle or render it unlawful for highway use.

5052.  Except as otherwise provided by local ordinance, a collector
may maintain one or more vehicles described in Section 5051, whether
currently licensed or unlicensed, or whether operable or inoperable,
in outdoor storage on private property, if every such vehicle and
outdoor storage area is maintained in such manner as not to
constitute a health hazard and is located away from public view, or
screened from ordinary public view, by means of a suitable fence,
trees, shrubbery, opaque covering, or other appropriate means.

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Simple solution


Do you use your vehicles for parades and shows? If so then you can register them for that purpose.

If they are your play toys and you take them out occasionally then you should register them, keep them registered and file an affidavit of non-use before you cancel the insurance. this prevents the registration from being suspended.  Then when you get ready to drive it again you contact your insurance company a few days before you plan to drive it since there isn't automatic coverage for vehicles you already own.  

It is important to remember that the world does not revolve around you.  There are procedures in place for a reason. Responsible vehicle owners take the time to find out what the proper procedure is for their situation and the best way to handle situations. 

If you take the time to do that then you'll be a whole lot happier.

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