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Wading through Car Dealer’s ummm, “Truths”?

Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by Mary M S, Mar 28, 2003.

  1. Mary M S

    Mary M S Well-Known Member

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    If any has new car sales/service experience on Dealers lots. May I ask? They registered my new car at a BMW dealer with Feb registration. I noticed this when I got home and decided to ask them to change it to March (month of purchase) when in for other service. They have told me no….they can’t do it.
    I do believe they can.

    Also was told (and this one makes more sense) the inspection was done in Feb, because that’s when they took delivery of the car at the dealer. That may be correct, but my last new purchase I believe had inspection same month as registration (month of purchase). Could be though that the dealer took delivery same month I purchased the vehicle.

    I know I’m correct about my registration and will have to go through sales to get it sorted. (Service said BY LAW they can’t change it, once that slap that first sticker on they cannot replace it) urmph…..
    But what about the ‘inspection’? Is the inspection done at a dealer when they receive the vehicle on the lot? Or is it done by dealer at time of purchase? Just can’t find an answer to this one on the web.

    I know one month’s reg/inspection is trivial but I’M the one responsible for renewals and FEELS like I have one every time I turn around. I’ve been blatantly lied to so frequently recently, I have decided that very very nicely, I’m not going to let it slide anymore. Since I have to be in anyway...they might as well tend to it.
     
  2. Steve Schaffer

    Steve Schaffer Well-Known Member

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    Mary,

    It might be helpful if you posted what state, province, or country you are in.

    Laws on this vary widely throughout the US and some of your expressions, "go through sales to get it sorted" indicate you may be in the UK or Australia?

    In California, new cars are delivered with temporary registration tags taped to the front or back glass, and the plates arrive in the buyer's mail a few weeks later. Month of registration is invariably the month in which the car was delivered.
     
  3. Mary M S

    Mary M S Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Steve, did not think of the state to state variance probability. Its Texas.
     
  4. John Giddens

    John Giddens Well-Known Member

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    Some how I had a feeling you were in Texas before you even posted that you were. I ran into the same issue on my registration but my inspection is correct. I factory ordered my vehicle so this isn't an issue of the vehicle being registered when it's delivered. Looking at the paper work attached to the registration sticker shows the correct date of registration and at the same time shows the expiration date to be one month early so the problem is with DPS. I called DPS since I'm getting shorted a month and they told me "this is acceptable" to which I replied "Acceptable to who? This is not acceptable to me". Eventually they gave me some BS about the fee being prorated for 11 months, but they wouldn't tell me what the fee would be for 12 months for me to confirm their story. When the time to renew the registration comes up I plan on going through the pain in the rear line at my local DPS office to try and straighten this out, since I'm of the opinion that the registration sticker should match when the vehicle was registered.
    As to your inspection sticker, that shouldn't have been done till the vehicle was sold to the best of my knowledge. So it should match the month of your purchase date. One way to check this is to look at the vehicles on the lot when you go to the dealership. If all the cars on the lot already have inspection stickers on them then maybe they do get applied at delivery. If the new cars on the lot don't have inspection stickers on them then I would start ripping into the dealership management.
     
  5. Eric Kahn

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    I am confused (a normal occurance) did you buy the car or lease it?

    in Ohio, the registration of a new car starts when you get the title (or memo title if you have a loan) in the mail and you go to the registrars office and register your car for normal license plates, you would have gottten a temp tag from the dealer
    if you traded in another car, they would have just taken the plates off your old car and put them on the new car and you would be on your way

    Your License plates always expire on your birthday so it really does not matter when you buy the car, all your plates are going to expire on the same day
     
  6. John Giddens

    John Giddens Well-Known Member

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    Eric,
    No reason to be confused, Texas doesn't handle registration and inspections the same way Ohio does. I'll go ahead and try to clarify the differences.
     
  7. Keith Mickunas

    Keith Mickunas Well-Known Member

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    When I bought my VW in Texas I noticed the inspection was several months old. I assume it was inspected when it arrived on the lot. The registration was done when I bought the car. How that could end up being a month old doesn't make much sense so I would definitely talk to the sales manager and find out what's going on.

    As a result of the car being inspected when it was delivered, I now have to deal with those things a few months apart. Although I did come up with a way of extending the inspection. Wait until just after the inspection expires, then get it done. I went from October to November, and next year I'll wait til December. The risk of getting a ticket for an expired inspection over the course of a few days is pretty slim.

    In Missouri its up to you to take your receipt to the DMV and get the registration and pay your taxes. Your given about a month to do it, and you can also move your plates from one car to the other when you trade it in. I don't think its required to have an inspection sticker on new cars for the first two years at all.
     
  8. Mary M S

    Mary M S Well-Known Member

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    "it's based on when the vehicle is registered, or so I thought." and
    "in Texas I noticed the inspection was several months old. I assume it was inspected when it arrived on the lot. The registration was done when I bought the car."

    On last car purchase I must have purchased a car in the same month it was delivered to the dealer. For the Lic reg and inspection matched the month of purchase. At this dealer (I did purchase) they are both a month old. The suggestion of checking next time I'm on the lot, for new vehicles with inspection stickers on board is a good one. It would be hard for sales to argue that with me...if I walked them over to their own cars if they are not. The Registration seemed downright improper/illegal on their part since registration in Texas is tied to purchase/transfer of ownership. And the dealer owned this vehicle the month prior to me!

    In Texas you are given the option (which most new car purchasers avail themselves of) of rolling Tax,title,lic reg, inspection into the note. And the dealer provides these services. They hand you temp tags (which this dealer forgot to give us in makeready) and call you back to the lot to install the plates when they come in, or mail them to you for self-install) A new vehicle inspection sticker is valid for 2 years.
    They are going to hate me up there, and I have not gone after them for every little thing, like I should/could/ and am going to have to start doing. I've got a snowball of gripes they just keep adding diameter on, with each post-purchase contact I've had with them.
     

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