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    Registering Atom in CA

    If you owned, say, a '65 VW, and you heavily modified it into a dune buggy, couldn't you drive it as such and have a legal registration?

    Likewise, couldn't you say that your Ariel Atom is a heavily modified '65 VW, and use your plates and registration from the '65 VW?

    I don't yet own an Atom, but it seems like this would be a plausible way to register an Atom in CA. Hasn't anyone done this before? I know it's done with lots of kit cars.

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    Seeing as there isn't even one single bolt from a VW on an Atom..I don't see how anyone would buy your story. Most cops aren't stupid,so you would be asking for trouble the first time you were pulled over and inspected. Maybe you could get away with it for a while..but the reality is you would be 100% illegal. Who wants to risk the hassle of that scenario? Not me..
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    ^^

    I agree. I'd only go through with the SB100 process and be done with it. Sure you could drive with out of states tag by
    setting up an LLC somewhere else, but you'll still get a fine if pulled over. Not worth it IMO.

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    The only way to register is through the sb100 process. You don't have a vw vin so you won't pass any inspections.

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    Yeah, I guess that makes sense. Thanks for your replies.

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