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OldTart
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i dont know why people pay, its really not that bad these days to do it yourself -unless your car will not pass inspection

Many people just can't take the time off work and there's no guarantee that it's going to be a quick in and out process.

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Posted : June 3, 2016 6:00 pm
Alana33
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Every time I've gone to BMV over the last 2 years, I've been in and out in less than 30 minutes whether it was for renewing my vehicle registrations or my driver's license. So much better than the incredibly long lines of past years.
I've also been impressed with the courtesy and helpfulness I've encountered.
Big difference from de olden days.

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Posted : June 3, 2016 6:49 pm
speee1dy
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see OT , you just proved what you said . thanks for the chuckle

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Posted : June 3, 2016 7:11 pm
OldTart
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Proved/see what? That some people can't take time off work to get their cars re-registered? That was an observation based on first hand knowledge, not proof of anything.

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Posted : June 3, 2016 8:31 pm
IslandHops
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Last time I was told the BMV was a quick in & out process, insufficient lubricant was used.

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Posted : June 3, 2016 8:46 pm
LiquidFluoride
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i dont know why people pay, its really not that bad these days to do it yourself -unless your car will not pass inspection

I spent 4 hours registering my new truck last week.... (all my vehicles get expedited after the initial registration)

not bad... ha!

the expediter I use used to be a cop & said it was legal (I had the same questions, she never looked at my vehicles "inspection" wise). Job creation via government restrictions?

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Posted : June 3, 2016 9:27 pm
OldTart
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the expediter I use used to be a cop & said it was legal (I had the same questions, she never looked at my vehicles "inspection" wise). Job creation via government restrictions?

I've also been told that it's not illegal. A few years back I busted out my windshield while stupidly weed whacking around it when a small rock flew up and smashed it. A few months later the car was due to be re-registered and I called the expediter I used to come pick up the paperwork and his first words were, "Did you get that window fixed?" Apparently his Mum had driven by one day and saw it was patched up temporarily! I assured him it'd been replaced but he did take a quick look as he parked next to it. Small island!

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Posted : June 3, 2016 9:48 pm
ms411
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So his mother's tattle plus the expediter's drive by was the "inspection"?

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Posted : June 3, 2016 10:03 pm
OldTart
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So his mother's tattle plus the expediter's drive by was the "inspection"?

As a previous poster said, he's been told - as have I - that it's not illegal. I used the same expediter (it's part of a licensed business) for 25 years. If it's of particular concern to you then of course investigate. Maybe if it turns out to be illegal you'll get a whistleblower's reward and all the expediters and their customers will end up in the clink! 😀

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Posted : June 3, 2016 10:17 pm
ms411
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I didn't mention the word illegal.

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Posted : June 3, 2016 10:30 pm
OldTart
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Your post seemed to indicate that you assumed it was. Interestingly, only 18 states require annual or biennial auto safety inspections, most only requiring inspection when ownership changes or for a new vehicle registration. In most states you re-register online or by mail - what a concept!! - but many states require emissions testing annually.

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Posted : June 3, 2016 10:39 pm
ms411
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I am making no assumptions about the business. I just asked if that was the inspection.

We live in VI so VI rules apply. Those states without annual inspection requirements may issue more fix it tickets, but I'm not bothering to investigate the issue further.

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Posted : June 3, 2016 10:47 pm
speee1dy
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Never spent more than 1 1/2 hours. So no thats not bad liquidflouride

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Posted : June 4, 2016 11:03 am
Alana33
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After one has spent 2 days, standing in a line in the hot sun, that's out the door and down the sidewalk, way past the food truck, to get a registration typed up and paid for, I'm delighted by the improvements.

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Posted : June 4, 2016 1:30 pm
speee1dy
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Stateside is just as bad , people tell me

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Posted : June 5, 2016 11:54 am
STTsailor
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In PA we do this online. Takes about 5 minutes. Mandatory emission test takes 30 minutes at any shop. Diesels are exempt and any car with less than 5K miles per year. One will get pulled over for nonworking break lights except of Philadelphia which has similar social economic and racial structure to STT.

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Posted : June 5, 2016 8:19 pm
OldTart
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In PA we do this online.

As mentioned earlier, similarly in 30 states.

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Posted : June 5, 2016 8:31 pm
watruw8ing4
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In PA we do this online. Takes about 5 minutes. Mandatory emission test takes 30 minutes at any shop. Diesels are exempt and any car with less than 5K miles per year. One will get pulled over for nonworking break lights except of Philadelphia which has similar social economic and racial structure to STT.

And if you live anywhere near Harrisburg, even a trip to the DMV, when you need it, is a quick walk in the park. The most efficient red tape experience I've ever encountered. On my last trip there, I transferred a title - in and out in 20 minutes - and they were extra busy because the day before we went was a holiday. I do miss that, and the online renewals. But not enough to move back. :-).

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Posted : June 6, 2016 11:45 am
Scubadoo
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In PA we do this online. Takes about 5 minutes. Mandatory emission test takes 30 minutes at any shop. Diesels are exempt and any car with less than 5K miles per year. One will get pulled over for nonworking break lights except of Philadelphia which has similar social economic and racial structure to STT.

And if you live anywhere near Harrisburg, even a trip to the DMV, when you need it, is a quick walk in the park. The most efficient red tape experience I've ever encountered. On my last trip there, I transferred a title - in and out in 20 minutes - and they were extra busy because the day before we went was a holiday. I do miss that, and the online renewals. But not enough to move back. :-).

Only thing I miss is my permanent antique plate registration. No annual registration or inspection for antiques.

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Posted : June 7, 2016 4:04 am
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