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Title Q&A Discussion & Q&A about titling you car!

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Old 06-04-2018, 03:40 PM
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Utah DMV was good to work with on our first Rat. I asked the lady at the counter how I could title a car I was going to build with my 6 grandsons? She thought that was sweet and cool for Grandpa to work with his grandsons. The rules state I needed to document with pictures, descriptions, cost and locations of parts used to build the Rat Rod. We did just that with every piece we used for the car. It was part of building the car with the grandsons. When the time came to title the rod, I took 6 grandsons down to the DMV and had them gathered around the lady showing her all of the pictures and detailed parts used with price and where found and sometimes even a bill of sale. Total price- $3761. We even had the amount of time spent on the car and the dates each grandson was on the project. With all of the required documentation, she said have the local police department must verify the vin on the body and bring us that back with $122 and I will give you the plates with current years stickers and you boys can go cruising. Next day, 6 grandsons and their grandfather was at the DMV at 7:30am with the document from the police officer that took a look at the Rat Rod and verified the vin number and asked for a ride around the block before handing us the signed document. Gramma even came out with a fresh loaf of banana bread and gave the officer a piece before he left in his squad car. At 8am I drove the oldest grandson to High School where all of his buddies druelled over the car he had been working on for 7 months. Everyday there after I drove one of the grandsons to their school and watched as they shared with their friends the rod they built. Long story but worth the time to find out what was needed to build a car that began with no title and has been titiled and driven since 2015. At renewal time I just pay the $22 and do all online.
Next project is a 58 Volvo PV544 we will make an ol school gasser. Bought with no tile but with a bill of sale- asked the officer to come and verify vin in the non runner hulk- took the paperwork down to the DMV and walked out with a vintage plate for $75 with current year stickers and we dont start the build until Jan 2019. Title and plates in hand before build begins is always soothing to the mind and heart.
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Old 06-04-2018, 05:58 PM
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OK, some of the guys here might need to borrow those 6 grandsons to butter up the DMV...
and did I hear banana bread???
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Old 08-10-2018, 11:02 PM
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On every car I have built, I always did the "buy a title at the swap meet and make my car that car" routine. It has always worked, but, in recent years, that is becoming a little dicey.

There was a member on another forum who titled his home built 32 Ford as a 32 Ford, from a bought title. The car was stolen, and during the investigation, the man was arrested because the insurance company claimed a fiberglass 32 was being passed off as a REAL 32. He got into some very serious hot water, and it cost him a bunch of money. He was facing serious prison time.

So, for the rpu I am building, I am going to title it as an "Assembled from parts" car, and have saved every receipt, from the one for the crate motor, the transmission, the rear axle, the material to build the frame, and every little bolt and nut I have used on it.

I have those receipts separated in a notebook, by section, and my hopes are that when I go to the tag office the inspector will be so overwhelmed with all my paperwork that it will breeze through. My only concern is I hope they do not require modern touches to the car, like seat belts, or other safety items.

I will find out when the time comes, I guess.
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