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Old 01-11-2017, 02:21 PM   #1
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Selling out of state jeep in California...need advice

So I was relocated from Colorado to California for my job. I'm planning to sell my TJ here pretty soon when I get my taxes back. I have an 03 with the 4.0. I don't have California plates on it because I am an out of state resident.

Right now I'm running a banks header to the precats and then a banks muffler. Without that third catalytic converter I don't think it will pass smog. However, other than that I don't see why it wouldn't pass smog.

So my plan was to get it tested and get it to pass smog. That way any prospective buyer can just get it registered normally.

I don't know anything about the registration/smog process in California because I've never had to deal with anything like this.

Additionally, I owe on the jeep and the bank holds the Colorado title.

So I guess my question is.....what things should intake into consideration when selling my TJ here? I don't want anyone to shy away from buying because it's not registered/titled in California. I would prefer not to get it registered here just to turn around and sell it.

Thoughts? Any help is greatly appreciated!
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I'm no expert on selling an out-of-state vehicle but I'll guarantee your TJ won't pass the visual inspection that is required during its required smog test. The smog test shop will look for anything unusual like air intakes that aren't factory, missing cats, non-California compliant cats, etc. and if it fails the visual inspection it fails the test.

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Well, as you know it will have to pass smog for anyone to be able to register it here. Smog is on the seller so if you can get it to pass the smog test then sell the vehicle within 90 days from the date on the smog certificate and the buyer can submit everything at once when they go to the DMV to register it. If you go to a STAR Certified station then the certificate will automatically be in the CA DMV system but the DMV sometimes still likes to see the hardcopy of the certificate. Rest of the process should be pretty simple as the buyer will have to pay the taxes on the vehicle and register and wait for plates to be issued.

Also some basic reading material to give you an idea of the process and what is needed here.
http://www.dmv.org/ca-california/buy...ling-a-car.php
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I'm no expert on selling an out-of-state vehicle but I'll guarantee your TJ won't pass the visual inspection that is required during its required smog test. The smog test shop will look for anything unusual like air intakes that aren't factory, missing cats, non-California compliant cats, etc. and if it fails the visual inspection it fails the test.
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Well, as you know it will have to pass smog for anyone to be able to register it here. Smog is on the seller so if you can get it to pass the smog test then sell the vehicle within 90 days from the date on the smog certificate and the buyer can submit everything at once when they go to the DMV to register it. If you go to a STAR Certified station then the certificate will automatically be in the CA DMV system but the DMV sometimes still likes to see the hardcopy of the certificate. Rest of the process should be pretty simple as the buyer will have to pay the taxes on the vehicle and register and wait for plates to be issued.

Also some basic reading material to give you an idea of the process and what is needed here.
California DMV Paperwork When Selling a Car | DMV.org
Thanks for your help gentlemen. I didn't realize that they do a visual inspection as well. In my head I figured they just test the exhaust and away you go. Glad to know as well the timeline for how long the certificate is good for.
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As for that "visual" inspection....that is totally hit & miss (depending on how lazy the smog tech is feeling at the time). Since the only testing is at the OBD port, if the computer says all systems are connected and functioning properly, you will most likely pass.

For a typically nominal fee (at most shops) you can get a "pre-test" and know for sure if it will pass, before connecting to California's DMV.
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So I was relocated from Colorado to California for my job.



I'm planning to sell my TJ here pretty soon when I get my taxes back. I have an 03 with the 4.0. I don't have California plates on it because I am an out of state resident. Right now I'm running a banks header to the precats and then a banks muffler. Without that third catalytic converter I don't think it will pass smog. However, other than that I don't see why it wouldn't pass smog. So my plan was to get it tested and get it to pass smog. That way any prospective buyer can just get it registered normally. I don't know anything about the registration/smog process in California because I've never had to deal with anything like this. Additionally, I owe on the jeep and the bank holds the Colorado title. So I guess my question is.....what things should intake into consideration when selling my TJ here? I don't want anyone to shy away from buying because it's not registered/titled in California. I would prefer not to get it registered here just to turn around and sell it. Thoughts? Any help is greatly appreciated!
OMG...From Colorado to Commifornia? WHY?! No job is worth that! I'd sell the TJ in Colorado then you have no problems. CL, WF classifieds, offer up, eBay etc....

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