Registration & Titling

Articles in the Registration & Titling category cover info on vehicle services, first-time registration, vehicle registration renewal, title transfers and change of ownership, smog and emissions testing and more for various vehicles (cars, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs, RVs, etc.).

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Telltale Signs of a Salvaged Vehicle

by Nadia Ibanez on

Unfortunately, from a car-buying standpoint, cosmetic repairs sometimes make it difficult to spot a vehicle that’s suffered severe fire, flood, accident, or storm damage. By law, the vehicle should be branded as a¬†salvaged vehicle, but some unscrupulous sellers disguise their salvaged cars’ damage with superficial repairs so they can increase the resale value. Fortunately, however, […]

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What to Do if Your Car Fails an Emissions Test by Nadia Ibanez on

Depending where you call home, you may be required to take your vehicle in for a smog check. Pass and you’ll be given a certificate, allowing you to register the vehicle. Fail and you’ll need to make the necessary repairs (out of your pocket) in order to make your vehicle smog-compliant.   Failing the Emissions […]

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How and Where to Get Your Vehicle Emissions Checked by Melissa Crumish on

Reside in a state or area that requires smog check certification for vehicle registration? If yes, you need to visit a state-approved emissions test station. Any ol’ car mechanic won’t do. Find a Smog Test Station Most states, cities, and regions that require emissions test certification provide handy emissions-specific websites (a select few states merge […]

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Why It’s Important to Get Your Emissions Checked by Melissa Crumish on

In life’s “I’ve Got to do This Again Already?” list, a smog check ranks at the top with dental appointments and attending your sister’s kids’ holiday dance recitals. It’s always a test of patience. Regardless of how well you plot your visit, so as to arrive at mid-afternoon on a Tuesday in the middle of […]

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Replacing a Lost Motorcycle Registration by Josh Tyson on

If we may speak for your grandmother momentarily: “We knew that as soon as you started riding around on that cursed motorcycle you’d become nothing more than a common outlaw. Just look at you now! You can’t even find your registration. Have you no respect for the rue of law?” Ahem. So, you lost your […]

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Motorcycles, Scooters, Mopeds: Which Bikes Require Registration? by Cara Hopkins on

Many states, including Georgia and Illinois, require you to register your motorcycle, scooter, or moped just like any other vehicle. In most cases, motorcycle registration is pretty much identical to vehicle registration (except, your state might have a different form for motorcycles). In some states, however, registration requirements for a motorbike are quite a bit […]

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Tax Deductible Car Registration Fees by Josh Tyson on

Tax deductions put funny songs in our head. Well, mostly “Pennies from Heaven,” because deductions have to rain quite a bit before you feel net effect. Still, it’s worth investigating tax deductible auto registration fees. Just don’t start picturing monsoons of money. Are registration fees deductible? Generally, you can declare vehicle registration fees on your […]

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