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05-20-2011 03:00 PM
jmnegrin I didn't have the time to read all 9 pages of responses. But...

I have a 76 Alfetta. Yup needs smog and a cat. A simple one, but it needs it. I got mine at a muffler shop. It was a generic, but they had one that was close in size, shape and color. It was a lot less money than a brand-specific item. btw- It still passes smog with a "cheap" cat.
05-19-2011 11:42 AM
Joe Papa Sr Dang, went for a pre test and failed. Glad we did do a pre test, though (thanks Robert, for that recomendation!) Said it was probably running rich. Off to the alfa mechanic.........Hope it doesnt need a cat...
05-18-2011 01:31 PM
60sRacer From Glendale, you're not far from Santos's in Northridge. Anthony is a well-reputed BB member and fanatic Alfa Racer:

Santo's Italian Car Service
8816 Amigo Avenue
Northridge, CA 91324
Tel: 818-701-1614
05-18-2011 01:18 PM
Joe Papa Sr Thanks for the tip/your experience, Cheryl. I have say, about 3-4 stations I can choose from in Glendale, Ive found (figured I can just google smog testing Glendale). Guess I can simply call them to ask them- should be easy. Wish me(us) luck. I heard as long as you do have a CAT, headers should not be a big deal (crossing fingers).........LOL
05-18-2011 12:19 PM
Pat Braden
Moving to Southern California with 87 Spider, Need Advice

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Originally Posted by Joe Papa Sr View Post
Sigh....its time. Looking for a smog station nearest to glendale, but doesnt have to be. I know they charge differently. Whats the usual cost?

Thanks.
I had my 2003 Santa Fe smogged in February and it was $87 without having to pay the $10 for the certificate that is electronically filed with Sacramento because I had a coupon for the certificate.

Glendale is generally higher for everything than the area that I live in.
05-18-2011 10:37 AM
Joe Papa Sr Sigh....its time. Looking for a smog station nearest to glendale, but doesnt have to be. I know they charge differently. Whats the usual cost?

Thanks.
05-10-2011 04:10 PM
Joe Papa Sr I get it, Robert. Jr just got back to LA from visiting home for the weekend. He said its time to start the process. Why mess around....

Thanks
05-08-2011 11:03 AM
60sRacer I meant registration. A portion of the registration is a property tax; the rest helps run the DMV. That's State Income! If you live in So Cal and are not registered, there are a lot of penalties, as well as the back-due fees. We have a lot of Arizona and Nevada cars that use a business address in those states to avoid the tax. For an old car like an 87 Alfa, there is not much tax in the registration, so it's cheap (my 79 Truck is only $75 total fee plus tax). For new cars, the tax portion can be substantial (over $1000 per year), hence folks buying new cars in Las Vegas or Phoenix.

Robert
05-08-2011 10:56 AM
Joe Papa Sr
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Originally Posted by 60sRacer View Post
The one that matters most is insurance. If he maintains an out-of state registration and insurance and gets a Calif. paycheck, his insurance company could deny a claim - he'd probably get a lower insurance rate, and they don't like that. The state and all insurance companies trade data...

Similarly, the state is jealous of it revenue. They won't come looking, but if he gets a ticket, the Man might figure it out. Not worth the hassle. Besides, California is a nice place to belong to. Lower taxes than New York City....

Robert
Thaks again, Robert, for your personal insight. Good point- madderafac, maybe tommorrow, I wil call my auto ins agent (she is a good agent/friend), and see what she also thinks. Youre right- who needs to gamble when a claim arises. Bad enough he has an alfa to worry about...lol

But, I dont get what you mean by the state is jealous.the man will figure it out. Who, the sheriff? Whats the state of cal got to be jealous about (you mean insurance status being Florida? where we should be giving the insurance business to Calif agents?)

Thanks, man.
05-08-2011 09:20 AM
60sRacer The one that matters most is insurance. If he maintains an out-of state registration and insurance and gets a Calif. paycheck, his insurance company could deny a claim - he'd probably get a lower insurance rate, and they don't like that. The state and all insurance companies trade data...

Similarly, the state is jealous of it revenue. They won't come looking, but if he gets a ticket, the Man might figure it out. Not worth the hassle. Besides, California is a nice place to belong to. Lower taxes than New York City....

Robert
05-08-2011 06:38 AM
Joe Papa Sr Thanks, Robert and shadow. He is there to stay, I believe. Sure, he will pay taxes....probably automatically deducted at work. Will have to register car soon, I feel.

S Cal is nice.....I as there for a few days in Feb. Traffic is the only thing. 1/2 hr to go 6 miles....LOL.

Guess no where is perfect. have to go where work is basically. For the movies its Burbank and surrounding.........
05-07-2011 01:32 PM
shadowburn Wouldn't worry about it too much. Do it when he can. Never heard it was illegal to make money in California if you weren't a resident, its possible though. Plenty of people not residents, making money here. Pay the state taxes on money earned here and it shouldn't be a problem. There are people who are Bi-coastal, working here and other states, full time or otherwise. If he wants to stay in California as his permanent residence, he will need to get it done eventually, but the few days the state says you have to do it in is ridiculous. The state won't go out of the way to hunt him down and deport him.
05-07-2011 01:23 PM
60sRacer As a student, or member of the US Military, he wouldn't need to register; he even can pay his taxes as a Non-Resident. However, anything he makes, part-time or otherwise, while in California is taxable income; you need a tax advisor if he has capital gains or dividend income..... Even golfers that live in Florida pay California income tax on their winnings for tournaments that are held in California.

But if he has a full time job, he's a resident, and needs a Cal drivers license and auto registration, insurance (must have proof of insurance with a California address to register a car), etc.

Congratulations and welcome to the sunny state.

Robert
05-07-2011 12:32 PM
Joe Papa Sr also, I heard it is illegal to earn money if you are not a Cal resident. I meAN, DONT THEY GIVE SOMEONE TIME TO GET REGISTERED WITH HIS CAR and get a job? Kinda funny.....

Thanks.
05-07-2011 12:27 PM
Joe Papa Sr
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This is incorrect information; you actually have 20 days not 10. It used to be 10 some years back..
So, now things are rolling. Jr got an internship and soon afterward, it turned into a real job. So Now, things are different. Officially, he , you can say, is not a student anymore....but an employee in Calif. Now, he has to register his alfa, right? Has 20 days to do it?

Thanks!
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