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    Porsche guy looking for a fun weekend car

    Well the title says it all.

    I'm a Porsche guy that's looking for a fun, low maintenance weekend car that I can track and drive in the canyons.

    Anything specific I need to look for? Here are some things that I want to get out of this:

    1. Honda Motor
    2. Street Legal
    3. I'm in California

    How hard is it to get a car from out of state and have it pass smog and register it in California? Has anyone done it?

    Thanks in advance!

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    I have a preowned Honda-powered Atom II with a LOT of high-spec factory and aftermarket upgrades, for sale.

    On the forum here- Preowned Ariel AtomII, Honda powered, for sale in Texas.

    If you do get one of these fantastic cars, you are in for many miles of smiles!

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    Welcome. I'm in California also, and had the same questions/wants. Long story short, California will not let you register a previously owned Atom from another state. If you want a street legal car, you will need to buy one that is already registered in California, or buy a new one and try to get it registered yourself.

    To get a new car registered, you will need:
    1. Get a sequence number from DMV
    2. Brake and light inspection
    3. CHP inspection
    4. Smog ref inspection

    I purchased my car new and went through the inspection/registration process. If you have questions, feel free to PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dbwy View Post
    Long story short, California will not let you register a previously owned Atom from another state.

    Where can I find the long story? That just sounds crazy odd, then again we live in an over regulated state. What if the car was not registered for street use in another state? Can you bring it into let's say a sector 111 and have them put it "together" and have it listed as a kit car?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by turrbo View Post
    Where can I find the long story? That just sounds crazy odd, then again we live in an over regulated state. What if the car was not registered for street use in another state? Can you bring it into let's say a sector 111 and have them put it "together" and have it listed as a kit car?

    Thanks in advance!


    Call or go onto the DMV website. Or call Shinoo at Sector111. Or do a search on this forum, I believe the topic has been exhausted...

    The CHP will need to see receipts for the build to verify its a new car, and certificate of origin. The DMV also requires certificate of origin. The CHP also verifies the VIN on the chassis and motor, to confirm its new. If the car is used in another state and not registered, they will not accept it.

    The DMV will not issue a sequence number on a "previously owned" vehicle. A sequence number is given for a new build of a kit car. Without the sequence number you can't even begin the paperwork.

    I suppose you can make a vehicle "look new" if you have want to get creative with paperwork, but its not going to be legal.


    I think your best bet is to call Shinoo or search this forum. I asked the same questions before I purchased mine. There are at least a few topics that will give you the information you need.

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    I was just thinking about something that may give you a bit of clarity.

    An Atom is not recognized in California as a production vehicle. Its considered a kit car. This is why a sequence number is required. It would be like you building a cobra replica or something. It goes to the smog ref to make it smog exempt, and your title will not state Ariel Atom. So its a whole different ball game, than importing/registering a production vehicle.

    Does that make a bit of sense now?

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