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I was wondering if anyone could help me with a problem that I recently
encountered. My dad bought a 280zx turbo in california about two years ago
and drove it to work everyday. He later bought a mustang and gave me the
car. The car sat in my garage in Austin for about six months. The license
plates expired a long time ago and last week I went and got the state
inspection and liability insurance.When I tried to get new Texas plates
they told me that the car had to be inspected by some agency because it
says on the title that it is a salvage car. My dad said that he bought the
car from a guy in california and didn't notice that the title said
salvage on it. He said that the guy he bought it from probably had it
categorized as salvage in order to save money on taxes. Well, this other
inspection would cost about $285 dollars but I don't need it because the
car was never a salvage car. I have the car here in College Station with
temporary license plates. If anyone knows what to do in a situation like
this I would really appreciate it because I only have about 25 more days
left with the temporary plates. I just got a new paint job on it and
really like how it looks (purple). Especially since I painted it myself.
Thanks in advance to anyone who can help.
 

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The way they do salvage is if it has ever been in a junk yard for any reason basically, they stamp the title salvage. The car could be brand new, but if it has been there, it is salvage. Now as far as having an inspection, ask to see if a local mechanic can do it, then call around and see if you can have someone (a mechanic) sign off on it for a couple bucks. I do not know if this is possible, I have never had to register a salvage vehicle. My brother had to but here he did not have to have it inspected, and his car was totaled before they fixed it. Call around, there has to be a cheaper way. Call MVD and tell them it is fine, what has happened, and ask if there is another (cheaper) way, they usually work with you on things like this.
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You have to go into this assuming that the Department of Motor Vehicles is the biblical valley of death. Any way they can screw you, they will.

I reregistered a car here in California that was salvage. I don't recall it costing a lot more, it was just a hassle getting several inspections instead of one. I went and got the usual smog thing done, but then had only to call the Highway Patrol, who sent an officer to my house. He checked off that the lights and turn signals worked and that was it. I can't beleive Calif. could actually be cheaper and less of a rip-off than any other state, but maybe Texas IS worse. Good luck. I'd probably bite the bullet and pay the money. The only other thing you could do is buy a currently registered same-year beater parts car and exchange the ID tags. Completely illegal, of course, but I figure DMV f__ks people so much, they deserve some of it back.

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> I was wondering if anyone could help me with
> a problem that I recently
> encountered. My dad bought a 280zx turbo in
> california about two years ago
> and drove it to work everyday. He later
> bought a mustang and gave me the
> car. The car sat in my garage in Austin for
> about six months. The license
> plates expired a long time ago and last week
> I went and got the state
> inspection and liability insurance.When I
> tried to get new Texas plates
> they told me that the car had to be
> inspected by some agency because it
> says on the title that it is a salvage car.
> My dad said that he bought the
> car from a guy in california and didn't
> notice that the title said
> salvage on it. He said that the
> guy he bought it from probably had it
> categorized as salvage in order to save
> money on taxes. Well, this other
> inspection would cost about $285 dollars but
> I don't need it because the
> car was never a salvage car. I have the car
> here in College Station with
> temporary license plates. If anyone knows
> what to do in a situation like
> this I would really appreciate it because I
> only have about 25 more days
> left with the temporary plates. I just got a
> new paint job on it and
> really like how it looks (purple).
> Especially since I painted it myself.
> Thanks in advance to anyone who can help.

I once bought a toyota 4x4 ('80) for $100. It had a partially completed salvage title. You are in better shape than I was, at least yours has been completed. The title was texas issue (I lived in houston at the time), when I went to register the truck I was directed to the central DPS in Austin (where I live now). I had to drive there with the paperwork I had and explain the situation. I was then given some papers for myself and the guy I bought the truck from to sign. Unfortunately, I didn't know how to get a hold of the guy. I did what I had to do with the signatures and returned it to Austin by mail. What I recieved in time was a salvage title in my name for the truck. granted there are several more steps to this procedure but time has forgotten them. I believe the cost was not as high as you encountered because I would've never payed that much for a $100 truck.
Point being, since you live fairly close to Austin as it is, go to (or call) their office and ask what to do. Hopefully you can get that price down (you're probably in college and need all the extra $$).
Texas dept of vehicle titles & registration
(512) 465-7611
8868 research Suite 108
for the regional office try (512) 465-7445

I hope this info helps you out I know how hard it is to do this kind of **** in the lone star state
JN Austin tx
 
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