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    Looking for CA registered Atom

    Have had a few leads, kicked a few tires but have not yet found the Atom for my garage.
    Thanks Steve in San Diego

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    Here is one registered in AZ, if that price is not a mistake, it's a steal. No harm in checking.
    http://arielatomchat.com/forums/thre...html#post11554

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    If it has already been registered in another state CA will not let you roll the title and register it in CA - Tree hugger laws

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    I believe I have the only one in San Diego. I just received it earlier this month. I just got my plates last week after 3 weeks of bs inspections. I would entertain selling it if the price was right (a GOOD amount over what I paid)...I would just buy another one right away. You can look at my other posts and find some pics. You are welcome to make an offer, but like I said, I would only sell it if I made a decent profit. 6 months of waiting, money out of pocket up front, and the damn inspections. That was no fun...

    Either way, good luck with finding one. It's definitely the most fun I've ever had in any vehicle!
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    Quote Originally Posted by berrost View Post
    If it has already been registered in another state CA will not let you roll the title and register it in CA - Tree hugger laws
    does this relate only to cars previously registered as kit cars? what about vehicles registered not as kit cars with real titles (car title versus kit car title)... curious because some AA2 have car titles and i know of one AA3 with a car title (mine)

    Quote Originally Posted by Dbwy View Post
    I believe I have the only one in San Diego. I just received it earlier this month. I just got my plates last week after 3 weeks of bs inspections. I would entertain selling it if the price was right (a GOOD amount over what I paid)...I would just buy another one right away. You can look at my other posts and find some pics. You are welcome to make an offer, but like I said, I would only sell it if I made a decent profit. 6 months of waiting, money out of pocket up front, and the damn inspections. That was no fun...

    Either way, good luck with finding one. It's definitely the most fun I've ever had in any vehicle!
    agree with you 100%.. the hassle is sometimes not even worth it.. i became overwhelmed several times and have plenty of time on my hands.. can't imagine someone that works and has a family.... this is why people wonder why they hold their value so well. and once you've jumped thru the hoops you realize you almost should have paid 10k over for an already built vehicle than wait and have the hassle.. 3 months of paperwork i have into mine.. a certified letter from DOT and NHTSA stating the car will be seized and crushed if driven on public roads... and a lot of other BS.. . then i got it registered thru some luck... and now i can rest.

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    In California to register any Atom (or kit car) you need a sequence number (also called a SB100 number). The state issues 500 per year. Without this number issued by the DMV, the car can never be registered/titled. You can only get this number if the Atom/kit car is newly built. If you bring in a previously registered/titled car from another state, it will never be issued a sequence number. There is no way to get around it, because a California Highway Patrol inspection is also required before registration is complete. I think that covers your question...right?


    Yeah, I would have gladly paid 10k over sticker price for an already completed one with plates, and no wait for the build. We have to buy the car with the possibility of not even getting it street legal (if the sequence numbers for the year are already taken). There are a lot of hoops to jump through! And it is a huge PITA....but well worth it when everything is done....

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    Oh, one more thing. In CA, a kit car title and regular title are the same thing. The kit car title just has that sequence number included. So yeah, it wouldn't matter what type of car you import...it wouldn't work to register it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dbwy View Post
    Oh, one more thing. In CA, a kit car title and regular title are the same thing. The kit car title just has that sequence number included. So yeah, it wouldn't matter what type of car you import...it wouldn't work to register it.
    ok, so the sequence number just exempts you from the emissions and so forth... and the title is still a title.


    makes sense,

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