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Old 06-08-2018, 07:54 PM   #41
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Mt Shasta

In and out in about 45 minutes with plates in hand at Mt Shasta. Easy peasy...
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Old 06-08-2018, 10:12 PM   #42
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Blowing a raspberry at you, Patricia.

Thanks, Don. If it comes in 5 weeks I'm good.
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Old 06-08-2018, 10:46 PM   #43
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Old 06-09-2018, 12:37 AM   #44
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Just recently tried to title/register in Anchorage at the DMV and was told they had to physically inspect to verify it meets DOT motor vehicle standards. On the DMV website all it says is that an imported vehicle has to meet the standards. I had the declaration from Escape that it does but it wasn't good enough for them (supervisor joined the discussion by this point). I made my argument in a professional manner but wasn't getting anywhere so I just left before my frustration meter started rising.

Decided to try a DMV contractor (they charge a fee above the DMV rate) and they agreed with me that they had all they needed with the declaration and issued the title and registration without any further issues.

So in the end it cost a few more dollars ($30) than the regular DMV which is a small price to pay to avoid the added hassle of traveling without registration and then making an appointment to inspect the trailer at the DMV later.

I had noted the advice from others here to try a different DMV location and it worked well for me.
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Old 06-09-2018, 04:34 AM   #45
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when I brought a used escape into california from Texas, I had to bring it to the DMV for a VIN verification. the guy read the vin off the sticker, wrote it on a sheet of paper, and signed it, then I had to include that sheet with the signed off texas title and my application form and check for the registration fees and use tax....
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Old 06-09-2018, 11:13 AM   #46
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Reimporting an Escape to Canada

I hear how complicated getting registration and title for you US citizens in different states can be. Just thought I'd post about bringing an imported to the US Escape back to be registered in Canada.

Despite the trailer being made in Canada I still had to pay over $300 to the Registrar of Imported Vehicles online after paying the 5% federal GST at the border. At least they used the Bank of Canada exchange rate, considerably less than what I'd pay for US$ at the bank.

So what did I have to do for my $300? Print out an inspection form. Hook up trailer and drive to my closest Canadian Tire 50 minutes away. Fellow came out with form, spent two minutes looking at the plate with VIN and weights. Checked the tires. Interesting the last question on form was if this is NOT a trailer check here.

Stopped at our insurance place on the way home but could not register since I didn't bring the bill of sale and title from WA. They already had copies faxed to them from Spokane in order to get a temporary permit. But they needed the originals of course. So returned next day with originals which they put into the fax machine and sent off to Winnipeg. How the government knows they were not copies and not originals faxed I don't know. Anyway paid my insurance and the 8% provincial tax and got my plate.

The RIV sent me a nice sticker saying the trailer complies with Canadian regulations. Of course it already has that being made in Canada.

I think if we ever buy another Escape (unlikely) we'll order new or buy used from a Canadian owner.

To add about towing without a plate. I just brought back a trailer from Indiana for my son without a license plate and was not stopped.
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Old 06-09-2018, 12:50 PM   #47
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titled in AZ

Friday we went to the contract DMV station in Tucson. One of the first things I heard was that I would need an inspection and I said I don't believe so as I have done this twice before at the same office. After reading the forms a little more closely she discovered the statement that the trailer was built to Canadian and US standards. Thirty minutes later and $1700 lighter we were out of there with the title and plate.
Now we just need a trailer.
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Old 06-09-2018, 12:57 PM   #48
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I was leery of traveling back without a temporary registration as I was stopped in Grand Prairie once without plates (temporary registration) as the officer could not see the new car registration in the dark through a tinted window.

It was not a big issue but I'd rather not be pulled over even when I'm not ticketed
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Old 06-28-2018, 04:09 PM   #49
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We registered a SOB (some other brand) through our local AAA office. If you are a member (you don't need to buy their insurance) you can register your trailer through them.
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Old 06-28-2018, 04:33 PM   #50
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We registered a SOB (some other brand) through our local AAA office. If you are a member (you don't need to buy their insurance) you can register your trailer through them.
local CSAA office said they won't do trailer registrations, I had to go through DMV.

and oh boy was this one fun. first time I went to DMV, all paperwork filled out, I was in lines for 5+ hours (they had some kinda computer problem that didn't get sorted til after lunch), and when I *finally* got to the registration clerk, she looked over the paperwork and declared that there were two names on the texas title, but only one signature, had to have BOTH signatures. "Um, the husband died...", oh, then you have to send the title back to the previous owner in texas, and she'll have to apply for a new title with the deceased name striken, then send it to you..... "SERIOUSLY?!?". oh. m. G.

I went back with an appointment a week later, different clerk, no problem, just check for $xxx, and bam bam. ok... except a week later I get a notice from DMV, they need $xxxx more cuz he didn't charge the usage tax. oh geez, well, send that in, and I now have plates. but what a hassle.
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