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Buying out of state car & take it to California

I am considering buying an Insight from out of town - it says in a corner, re-built.



Would I have any issue at the DMV in California?

Why don’t you ask the California DMV?

You may run into pollution issues. Since this is a Calf DMV question, I suggest asking them what they will want when you go to register it.

I would also read up on how California handles salvage titled cars. There may be extra wickets to go through. To me, “re-built” = salvage title.

Your post is a bit difficult to interpret, but I’ll assume you are a resident of California.

In that case, read this.