Does it need a current inspection to turn in?

bennybmn

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Apologies for a potentially redundant post... I did a search, there's only one thread with inspection in the title and it doesn't address this, and I can't figure out how to get the other results to point to the actual post within a 100+ page thread showing what I searched for.... soooo
My inspection expires in February. I was considering ordering a new car which could take until February or March, so I'd have to schedule the buy-back for March to be safe. Plus, it's looking like that might even be a realistic first buy-back date anyway. I also have a check engine light on (possible cracked DPF, just over 80K mi...). So, will they accept the turn in with the CEL lit up and inspection overdue? I don't mind rolling the dice and driving in. Hell, I've driven two months over on inspection without realizing it :eek:
 

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Vehicle only has to be "capable of driving under the power of its own 2.0 litre TDI engine" to be acceptable for the buyback.

But to do the buyback, you also need to show that the vehicle either is or was registered. The registration can be for a time prior to the current date, so you don't necessarily need one that's still valid. However, mine had expired and I had no paperwork for the old one...so I had to renew to complete the documents require for the buyback. And in order to register for the next year of driving in Texas, I needed a Texas state vehicle inspection.

Submit your paperwork now. That will guarantee that you either have the right documents...or that you find out early if there's a problem.
 

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As I understand it, after you accept VW's "offer letter" (buy signing notarizing and submitting it) to buy back your car, you need to pick a buyback appt date that is 90 or fewer days out.

In order to get to the "step" in which VW issues you an offer letter, you will need to provide them with proof of motor vehicle dept registration.

So, go ahead and work through the portal steps now while your car is still registered until the point VW sends you your offer letter. Then hang back in a holding pattern until you are close to finalizing a plan to acquire your new car. At that point you can submit your signed, notarized offer letter and book a buyback appointment.

Any time after you get your VW offer letter, feel free to let your eligible vehicle motor vehicle registration lapse, expire, or you could - like myself - have even transferred it over to another car that you may have bought as a replacement vehicle.

**Keep in mind, if any of these things occur, you will need to plan for how you will get the car to the buyback appointment. Either take a chance and go without a current plate and registration and hope you don't get pulled over, put a paper or cardboard tag on the back that says L.A.F. or even display a plate from another car you own just to blend in on the drive to the dealer (then remove the plate when you get there) or pony up the dough to have it flat bedded to the dealer. Each of these options have potential costs associated with them. So be sure to consider what those costs might be.

For example, I knew I was going to sell my Jetta back this fall. In advance of the buyback, I chose to buy a replacement vehicle for cash. The timing worked out like this. In the end of July, my Jetta registration was due for renewal. I renewed it and got my 2017 sticker for my plate and a current paper registration document.

On August 10th, the gods smiled upon me and I found my replacement car and bought it, private-party, for cash. Immediately after doing the car deal, I went straight to the DMV, and transferred my registration and plates from my relatively newly-registered Jetta to my new car. My Jetta has been parked ever since.

Fast forward to when the settlement portal went active in September or so, I still had my paper copy of my Jetta registration that says its good till Aug of 2017, even though it and the plates had already been transferred to my new car. The point here is that VW does not go back to each state and confirm with the respective motor vehicle department that a given registration is still active and associated with a given eligible vehicle. All they are looking for is a scan of a registration document that purports to be current at the same time that VW is reviewing it.

I accepted my buyback offer and booked my appt for December 7th.

Hope this helps.

PS: I also have a lit CEL and the classic visual and olfactory indicators of a cracked DPF. The settlement specialist at the buyback location will not care about either as long as the car drives under its own power. They are really concerned with proof that the person selling back the car is who they say they are and that the car matches the VIN on their system.
 
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freakmike3

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I was assuming not. My inspection ran out in September. I do not want to put $1 more than I have to into this thing.
 

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Understand the Mr. Murphy loves to pop up unexpectedly. If you are stopped on the way to the turn in, with an expire registration (which in most states mean expired tag). Well, how much is the ticket going to be (maybe missing your appt too!) versus renewing your tag and eating the cost?
 

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Understand the Mr. Murphy loves to pop up unexpectedly. If you are stopped on the way to the turn in, with an expire registration (which in most states mean expired tag). Well, how much is the ticket going to be (maybe missing your appt too!) versus renewing your tag and eating the cost?
I think there is much higher probability of missing one's appointment due to a protest march than being delayed for an expired tag.
 

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Just saying, "Don't be pennywise and pound foolish". But everyone has to weight the risk versus benefits of driving with an expired registration.
 

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I think there is much higher probability of missing one's appointment due to a protest march than being delayed for an expired tag.
I got ticketed for an expired tag once in NJ. I was in the process of moving to Vermont, had left a car in a friend's garage, and before I could retrieve it, the inspection sticker expired. The registration was current. So, I went to retrieve the car and driving it to Vermont where I would re-register it, I got a ticket within 10 miles of driving.
 

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That my friend is truly bad karma biting you in the ass.
 

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I got ticketed for an expired tag once in NJ. I was in the process of moving to Vermont, had left a car in a friend's garage, and before I could retrieve it, the inspection sticker expired. The registration was current. So, I went to retrieve the car and driving it to Vermont where I would re-register it, I got a ticket within 10 miles of driving.
VT had enough NJ transplants and was trying to keep you out ;)
Thanks for all the feedback guys, I really do appreciate it. Searching this forum can be a bit intimidating, or tedious at best... All my docs are uploaded, and have been, for a few weeks. All green check marks, but no offer yet. My regi is good till '18, not too worried about that. I also read someone on here had the dealer let them keep the car there. If that works out for me, and I can get the new car around the buy back, maybe I can drive it to the dealer, swap registration, and leave my Jetta there for a week or whatever.
One of the best, most interesting ideas I've seen above is to get the offer letter and then wait to send it in till I know when the new car will be there. Good thinkin!
 

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Understand the Mr. Murphy loves to pop up unexpectedly. If you are stopped on the way to the turn in, with an expire registration (which in most states mean expired tag). Well, how much is the ticket going to be (maybe missing your appt too!) versus renewing your tag and eating the cost?
There's nothing in the agreement that says the car can't come in on a tow truck. It has to be capable of driving under the power of its own 2.0 TDI engine ... but that doesn't say it has to be driven to the turn-in.
 

jims2321

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and what would a tow cost ya? Unless it an accident, its min $125 to put it on the bed, plus mileage in my area.. Which goes back to the weight the cost of renewal versus towing.
 

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I'm kind of in the same boat. My tag expires at the end of November, I've had all my crap in and approved since early on. I'm just waiting like the rest of us who have a loan on the car to get a date for turn in. I've already spent more in parts fixing all the tank heater and ad blu injector than I cared to so yeah, I'd kind of like to NOT put another dime into this thing. Any input? In Texas the inspection and the new registration is only going to run me around 100 buck BUT I'd still like to keep that money if I can.
 

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Once the docs are accepted, they shouldn't need the registration further. I was told by the claims people that a current registration is not required...that one from the previous year expiring on September 30th (in my particular case) would be fine.

In Texas (and I bet most states have this), you can buy a 1-trip permit ($5) or a slightly longer permit (more $$, but not that much) to legally move a car w/o a current registration. And you can do the whole thing online.....and print the tag yourself in 5 minutes. Piece of cake and eliminates the risk of getting busted while driving.
 

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and what would a tow cost ya? Unless it an accident, its min $125 to put it on the bed, plus mileage in my area.. Which goes back to the weight the cost of renewal versus towing.
Not saying you should do this but

If you pull the brake light fuse the car won't start then have VW roadside assistance tow it in. Put the fuse back in at the dealer and profit.
 

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Look people at this point are acting crazy about what can they do as a bare minimum to get their buyback money. Honestly its really embarrassing.
 

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I may have to add a gallon of fuel to get to the dealer. If I do so, I will bring a portable fuel tank with me to siphon back out anything left ;)
 

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I got ticketed for an expired tag once in NJ. I was in the process of moving to Vermont, had left a car in a friend's garage, and before I could retrieve it, the inspection sticker expired. The registration was current. So, I went to retrieve the car and driving it to Vermont where I would re-register it, I got a ticket within 10 miles of driving.
A ticket for expired tags in AZ is around 600 bucks, but if you renew it before the court date, they cut it in half. All of the patrol cars have automatic plate readers, so the cop doesn't even have to pay attention to it...Mark
 

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To be clear, I'm talking about inspection, not registration... And I know I won't pass with a CEL likely due to a cracked DPF (at 81K mi...). So that's a pant-load of money to pay for a couple weeks of inspection.

The temp permit for unregistered vehicles is an interesting idea, I wonder if other states have it.
 

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To be clear, I'm talking about inspection, not registration... And I know I won't pass with a CEL likely due to a cracked DPF (at 81K mi...). So that's a pant-load of money to pay for a couple weeks of inspection.

The temp permit for unregistered vehicles is an interesting idea, I wonder if other states have it.

Same situation as you, no offer yet, documents acceppted on 10/19. I have to find that spreadsheet, but wondering if it is a NY thing?

As long as you can park on a non-public road and avoid traffic coprs for writing a ticket for expired inspection, you should be OK. However, I can tell you that NY now sends reminders about expired registrations and not sure if they can cancel your registration and hence insurance as a result. Best bet is to check with NYS DMV.

Dealer should not care if the car is inspected or not.
 

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To be clear, I'm talking about inspection, not registration.
Nothing in any of the settlements addresses inspection status of the cars. The only question relates to how the buyback representative will treat the requirement that the car "can be driven". Most of us here (including me) interpret that to mean that you can start the engine, put it in gear, and drive it around. It's possible, though, that they could interpret it a bit more narrowly, something like "can be driven safely and legally on the public roads." I don't think that'll happen (and I hope it won't), but until people in that situation start taking back their cars and reporting here, we really won't know for sure.
 

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In many states, if you go to inspection and do not pass, you get a failure inspection sticker, which is good for a number of days. This allows you to drive the car in the meantime.

I don't think you need a "pass" inspection sticker to turn the car in. But you may want some kind of inspection sticker to legally drive the car to the dealer.
 
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