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PA inspection (out-of-state vehicle)
Posted 20 July 2005 - 03:06 PM
PennDOT says I can and refer me to this publication:
(go to page 8)
Any comments on this?
Posted 20 July 2005 - 04:11 PM
Posted 20 July 2005 - 04:14 PM
Why do you want it inspected before you register it in PA ? Are you going to a full service station?
Posted 20 July 2005 - 08:21 PM
Just so you know.... when you go to the notary to get your PA paperwork you will need to have the car with you so that the notary person can physically verify your vin to your paperwork.
Hope this helps you out.... FWIW, I have an inspection license BTW.
Posted 21 July 2005 - 05:32 AM
Posted 21 July 2005 - 12:20 PM
On the other hand, as long as you still have your MD plates, you are not time restricted in terms if you want to fix things yourself, or maybe even sell the car. If I have the car on MD plates, I can take a buyer out for a spin, they can test the engine, listen for rattles, etc. If I have it temporarily registered in PA and it fails, then I won't be able to take anybody out for a spin. The car becomes "dead weight".
When I previously brought the car into MD, I had VA plates on it, which was great because I could drive it around and have things fixed cheaply or do things myself. I would like to have the same freedom in Philadelphia (no Elton John pun intended).
The car is legally insured (the insurance papers only state the VIN, not the license plate), so that shouldn't be a problem.
I called around and found a pepboys that will inspect it while it is still on MD plates.
Posted 24 July 2005 - 02:20 PM
The Toyota got both window stickers (emissions and safety). The PennDOT rules explicitly state that it is LEGAL to affix PA window stickers to an out-of-state vehicle.
Other than the stickers, I don't have any paperwork to show that my wife's car has been inspected, but I assume that this information is stored under the VIN in the PennDOT data base.
I hope it will go smoothly when I go to get the car registered. As the car is inspected, I don't need temporary tags, so my situation may be a bit different. I have learned that here in PA, one goes to a tag/title agency or an auto club (AAA) to deal with the paperwork. That is not how it is in AZ or MD or most other states. If I want to do it myself, there is only one place in the whole state, PennDOT HQ in Harrisburg, that will deal with me directly. That's 80 miles away.
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