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Tacoma w/ TX plates transfer to CA plates questions

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Elmermelada, Jul 23, 2009.

  1. Jul 23, 2009 at 7:24 PM
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    Elmermelada

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    Hey Guys,
    First post but long time follower. It seems like my goal of owning a Tacoma is right around the corner, but I have a few questions and I'd appreciate your input and knowledge:
    -I found a terrific deal on a double cab 2003 tacoma V6 SR5 in excellent shape. The only issue is that it has Texas plates, and I'm in San Diego. Am I allowed to register this car in CA? (safety regulations in mind)
    - What is the price of such transfer? +/-
    -Last, if the car was well taken care, how many miles usually until the transmission goes bad? (I know is a little of a random question but we car owners know these things about our rides).

    Thanks for your help!
    Damn, those tacomas look bad-ass!
     
  2. Jul 24, 2009 at 10:58 AM
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    wildjerseyfirefighter

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    It all depends on states. You can register the truck in your state, if its been an out of state vehicle. I think in NJ it costs us $72 to register for the year

    Miles? You can probably go 300,000 before a rebuild assuming its taken care of properly.
     
  3. Jul 24, 2009 at 1:29 PM
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    tularisgp

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    to register the car in ca. youll have to have it inspected at either the DMV or CHP station. and then get the ol smog done. good luck to ya. smog is usually 50-60 depending. and then the registration is usually dependent on the value of the truck.
     
  4. Jul 24, 2009 at 2:43 PM
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    ilovetacos

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    I bought an Oregon truck about 6 years ago. Besides the normal registration fees/taxes I also had to get the truck weighed at a weigh station and bring the report to the DMV for the visual inspection.
     
  5. Jul 24, 2009 at 2:47 PM
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    Jester243

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  6. Jul 24, 2009 at 5:15 PM
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    I would ask the seller if it's a 49-state federal model, or a 50-State, California model. On the sticker under the hood, it should say something like, "This vehicle complies to all 2003 model year regulations for emissions and safety for sale in the United States, and California." Basically, if you see the word California, you're in luck. If you try and register a 49-State vehicle in California, you have to pay a large fee, and pass California smog standards.

    Personally, I'd rather move to Texas. . .
     
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