STAR shop familiar with classic insurance exemption in the southbay?
Posted 14 July 2013 - 06:23 AM
Posted 10 August 2013 - 09:16 PM
Thanks Dan for doing all that leg work for all of our benefit. My hat is off.
'75 280Z, L28ET, Street going rat rod
Posted 14 August 2013 - 06:57 AM
Some of us knew about it and kept our mouths shut whilst hoarding 280's in our back yards for the day when this became common knowledge and those $400 280's add a zero to their values as daily drivers under this loopie...
Posted 14 August 2013 - 11:17 AM
I cannot quite fit into this category. I could fudge the 'Is your car modified' question,
but since it is my daily driver, never mind that my weekly commute is under 15 miles,
I cannot acquire the appropriate insurance.
In a surprising turn of events my wife approved a Velo Rossa kit, so I will be shooting
for a SB100 instead. Yup a POS beater would have been cheaper, but the missus
does not care for the look for the car currently, and likes the VR look, so I'll take it.
Hopefully this thread can help someone who does meet the requirements find the
program and make use of it.
Posted 14 August 2013 - 03:28 PM
Fuel and Coolant leak inspection is part of the inspection for the operators safety, but also because of environmental safety. It makes sense that those stay in play even when the underhood inspection is not performed.
Good to know that this was actually enacted though. I saw the Bar Blast earlier this year. Bet its a royal pain to get it resolved at the DMV just like vintage plates...
Tony's Noble Truths :
Truth 1 "The more you learn, the more you realize you don't know."
Truth 2 "You don't know half the stuff you think you do, and the rest is questionable."
Posted 07 December 2016 - 09:37 AM
My tech knows the rules you were trying to assert. But, as for the underhood inspection, they may have open the hood to test the Evap system. They have to clamp a hose there...
Oh, I should add, I own Sonoma Smog Center and this -
Posted 07 December 2016 - 10:20 AM
I was able to install the VR kit and qualify for an SB100 build, so no more smog tests for me.
I ended up with a string of unfortunate events with test stations before I was directed to a STAR
station. None had the right adapters to test the evap/gas tank. A couple marked it as not tested,
others wanted to refuse the test (one wanted to fail it). In the end not a single station ever tested
the evap. On the second test after I bought it the tech could tell it was going to fail, so he aborted
the test a couple times. That did not hurt my status, but also masked the test results, so I could not
tell what was failing, and as a result did not know what needed fixing. The car was running well,
mileage was reasonable and had new plugs and a recently replaced cat.
Perhaps foolishly, I asked the tech to run the test to completion so I could identify the culprit. He did,
which pointed to a slightly rich situation, which turned out to be a very slightly mis-adjustment on the
TPS, which I had not been touched since I bought it, and had passed testing in the past. A few minutes
with the FSM and all was well, and I passed at the same shop the same day as I failed, but that got me
flagged for all future tests to be performed at STAR stations.
The final straw that pushed me to go for the SB100, was even if I bought a beater to qualify for
classic insurance, not a single shop I spoke to was familiar with that set of rules. I am glad to hear that
some shop owners are aware if it and make sure their techs are as well. That can only be good news
for Z owners in their area.
Posted 07 December 2016 - 11:15 AM
My tech hooks everyone up to the BAR97 machine (OBDII cars) and pretests them. It looks for codes and if one pops up, he advises them and gives his educated guess as to why and what to do. I suppose he could even sniff your car if it is pre-OBDII if you're only just interested. I'd have to come up with a charge for that. $15 or so... it takes time so I'd have to charge something.
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