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· Detritus Maximus
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Not being from AZ, I don't know what their inspections are like. But, from what you've said about the salvage title, I suspect it is not a normal safety/emissions deal. Sometimes cars that are totaled (wrecked, stolen, burned) are resold by the insurance co. at auction as 'rebuilders'. They are bought by shops that repair the cars (it is MUCH cheaper for them to do it than for us to pay them to do it) or use them for major parts or even whole sections of cars to fix another car or they combine the front of one car with the back of another. The new 'half and half's' indentity can be whatever the vin number is on the front end or a new number issued by the state. Anyway, to get to the point, they may be inspecting to see if the car had drastic 'surgery' and, if so, if it was done well, or if the car is dangerous to drive. Not all the people doing this type of work do it properly. This is also one of the reasons why most people run away from 'salvage' titles.

Or I could be WAAYYYY off base on this.....:eek:
 

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I didn't mean to say that any car that has a salvage title has been pieced together. There are different reasons for it, including cars that have been totaled by a flood. But I neglected to get into that. Therer are enough 'pieced' cars that they are probably just checking. "Pieceing' cars is not illegal. It's just that they don't want stolen cars to have their vins switched with legal salvaged vins. But you will probably get this after your visit today. Hope it worked out.:)
 

· Detritus Maximus
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Whaddya mean? They inspected your wallet, didn't they?
Actually, $48 is a bargain when dealing with DMV's.
Congrats on resolution!
 

· Detritus Maximus
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But it also what keeps them affordable!

Kind of/sort of related bureacracy/money story that will make people sick (or jealous!). I didn't get my license until I was 22 (nothing bad, just didn't need a car), anyway, I called up my parents Allstate agent to get insurance. When he asked how old I was, he assumed I had been driving since 16 (like normal people:p). I neglected to correct him:D . In that moment I acquired a six year clean driving record and the premiums to match. Probably the only time I will ever have the 'system' make a mistake in my favor.
 

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I had to do the same thing with my Volkswagon (Type 3 Fastback), my dad's name was on the title.I guess it all depends on your relationship with your mother.

Have you considered what kind of coverage you want?
 

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If you ask about the rates for 'full coverage' I would be willing to bet it won't be a whole lot more than just 'liability'. I think mine was about 25% more. I had it on my (rather rusty and ratty) 69 GT that I drove from Nov. 99 to June 01. I received a slight tap at the rear from a neighbors car that had been hit by another neighbors van that was totaled by a four day old Neon. All the cars were parked at the curb. I was taking care of some 'business' when I heard a loud crash. I received $900 for a minorly bent taillight panel from the Neon insurer. In May 01 it was sideswiped in a parking space at work. Hit and run, so I had to make a claim on my insurance, as I had not fixed the back panel, they totaled the car at a value of $2100(!?). Minus deductible and 'buy back' (it was purely sheetmetal damage), I had a check for $1700, 45 minutes after arriving to meet with the adjuster (Allstate has actual offices to bring cars to and they can research the value, settle, and write a check). As I said, this was a rusty car with faded paint peeling down to more rust, torn up interior (no carpets, dash looks like a road map, the headliner is about the only decent thing inside). The saving grace was the 2.0 from Opel GT source that I installed three weeks earlier. And all the other new stuff: KYB shocks, three row radiator, new clutch, water pump, etc. Keep all the receipts! Insurance companies figure that stuff into the value of the car for up to a year (that I know of).
My advice is to get full coverage (collision) if at all possible. And an appraisal. At the very least, you get enough for a down payment on another decent car. Without it, it could be hit tomorrow and you would have zip. I've had Opels involved in three accidents. The two above with the same GT parked. I was no less than 100 feet away each time. The third was my Manta. Rearended while sitting at a stoplight. Totaled. 225,000 miles on original engine (one head gasket) and transmission. Again, rust, faded paint. Nice interior though. The guys insurance company paid me $1600 minus a $150 buy back. I was going to look at the above GT (bought it a week later, had to (needed a car!), for $400) when that happened. The Manta motor/trans/brakes did another 6000 miles in that GT:D. The 2.0 I put in it has tha Manta's transmission behind it. With yet another 5-6000 on that.
And soon I shall be driving it again. :D
 
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