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Unread 08-07-2013, 07:47 PM   #1
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Thinking about joining the state. How are car laws?

You read it right, how are car laws around AZ? Coming from California, anything emissions related will be a relief I'm sure.

Yearly inspections?
Registration costs?
Overly dumb bumper height laws?
Why not... emissions?
Anything else you can think of

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Unread 08-07-2013, 08:41 PM   #2
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No yearly inspections. No emissions depending on where you live. Registered my 93 yj in February and got 4 years of registration for $60
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Unread 08-07-2013, 10:23 PM   #3
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Laws are not near what you get in Cal. Metro areas in AZ do have smog check. Check here. we make it back to cal a few times every year to wheel. az is kind of central 4x4 area. North is Utah, west Cal and Nevada. East Nm. If you get bored in your back yard its not to far to some great palces.

All in all though most areas nothing if you live outside of Phoenix or Tucson. Heck in this town you can drive a KH Jeep on road as long as it has lights plates insurance. There is a lot of Jeepers around as well.
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Unread 08-09-2013, 09:35 AM   #4
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My 1980 Toyota and 74 Blazer each cost me 10 bucks a year plus tax and fees, so right under 20 bucks, no inspections. I dont have mud flaps on the SUV's, Blazer and Jeep and dont have any issues. The Toyota has mud flaps because its a truck, but I have never lived anywhere like AZ, with as easy as it is to register a vehicle. I lived in CA, till I was 25 and got tickets for window tint, loud exhaust and other things I dont even think about here.
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Unread 08-09-2013, 12:52 PM   #5
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Don't kid yourself. Laws that aren't enforced on the street ARE enforced at the MVD inspection. If you're not in compliance at the inspection you're not going to get registration. Arizona inspects ALL motor vehicles coming in from out of state, even off road stuff for VINs, compliance, etc.

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As to those "dumb bumper height laws"...

No, you didn't do it, but my son was a victim to someone who didn't pay attention to those "dumb laws". We were T-boned at an intersection making a left turn under a green arrow. A kid in a lifted 4Runner style pick up blew the light doing at least 60MPH. Because of his illegally lifted truck bumper was so high, it didn't strike the guard inside my son's door, but climbed over it. I can't tell you my son wouldn't have been injured if the truck wasn't lifted so high, but it is unlikely he would've been killed. Sometimes there are valid reasons for those "dumb laws".

I'll step off the box now. don't mean to cast a downer on things, but as I said sometimes there are good reasons for things.
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No worries, that's why I included the "overly" part in that stipulation. Like anything above factory = bad. Can't deal with that. So long as the laws make sense I'm more than good with it.

Sounds like stuff isn't bad at all out there.




I'm looking for a place on a few acres, preferably away from all the crazies like John McCain. Now somebody recommend me a place to live that isn't 90+ in August
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I brought a car from cal to Az in 1989 that had been parked for years not able to pass their. No inspection, on my 71 z28 no smog on it all removed and all performance 454. Was on the road after sitting for years. The town was Prescott. Never an issue. This town you could ride a open wheeled 1000hp go cart. As long as it has lights tags and insurance. Heck about every gas station in this town has 100-107 octane LEADED gas. Or Unleaded 100. Pump gas. But it aint cheep.
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I just got back from visiting Payson this weekend, I believe in Rim county? I really liked it, but I don't think the job market will be all that great. How about Flagstaff? I hear it isn't as hot as Phoenix / Mesa.
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We used to live in ShowLow, drove through Payson many times. Most the towns up there are recreational, mostly service industries.

Flag is the biggest mountain town, the University. Flag, Payson ,showlow(all the rim) all are far less heat but you are up in the pines to.

Work depends on what you do, where you could live. Phx is like any big city, tons of people, more jobs more rules. Its hot all summer long. Down in the desert some places are much hotter than others.
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As mentioned, it's going to depend alot on where you want to live as far as laws are concerned. The "best" MVD laws are primarily reserved for the rural areas. Except your driver's license renewal. Provided you don't get mulitple infratctions on your license, you won't have to renew it until you're 65. After that it's every 5 years I believe. That's by far the smartest DL law in this country IMO.

I too came from out of state and my vehicle was inspected very closely the first year, and I live practically in the middle of nowhere. Failed in fact the first time, which I never failed in South Carolina which has yearly inspections. So go figure.
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As mentioned, it's going to depend alot on where you want to live as far as laws are concerned. The "best" MVD laws are primarily reserved for the rural areas. Except your driver's license renewal. Provided you don't get mulitple infratctions on your license, you won't have to renew it until your 65. After that it's every 5 years I believe. That's by far the smartest DL law in this country IMO.

I too came from out of state and my vehicle was inspected very closely the first year, and I live practically in the middle of nowhere. Failed in fact the first time, which I never failed in South Carolina which has yearly inspections. So go figure.
How about a 1980 CJ that's currently registered as an antique? Think I'll have many problems? I'm not too worried about the super duty
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Here are some links. I don't know specifics off the top of my head. Just glancing over it seems that antiques go through the same registration process. That is kind of surprising to me actually.

General information

http://www.dmv.com/az/arizona/custom...e-registration

AZ Department of Transportation
http://www.azdot.gov/MVD/RegRenewal/RenewalInfo.asp

My Rodeo (vehicle i failed the inspection on) was a beater however it was mechanically sound. I had just driven across the country after all. I can't remember the specifics of the failure as it was 10+ years ago. However it had to be something simple as I just went to autozone. Came back the next day and passed.
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Arizona actually doesn't require mudflaps on SUV's
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As long as your lights and signals work, its smooth sailing. AZ is one of the most lenient states that I've seen when it comes to vehicle laws and requirements etc.

But why AZ? I see you were also checking out Texas...Do you like the heat? Or are you just a glutton for punishment?
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Unread 08-17-2013, 09:48 AM   #15
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Flagstaff has a high cost of living and virtually no high paying jobs. Most of available positions are in seasonal tourism work, service industry jobs, and some low end government work. When I was at the university there recently, the best job I could find was as a part time bartender, even though I hold several degrees and have a lot of work experience.

Most of Maricopa and Pima counties [metro Phoenix and metro Tucson] are subject to mandated EPA emissions and emission equipment inspections for cars, trucks, and SUVs. Vehicle license taxes are high unless you own a 20+ year old vehicle.

What seems to be no law is actually little enforcement and window tinting is a good example. Arizona does have standards on window tinting and an overwhelming majority of vehicles on the road have excessive window tint on the front side windows. The police may or may not enforce the law regularly, but do use it as probable cause to stop the vehicle.

Keep in mind that as more people move here, the laws and political environment have been changing. As a native, I remember when Phoenix had a population of 500,000 and it was easy to open a business, modify a vehicle, etc. Those days are disappearing as more people want the same laws they once left behind.
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