Apr 8, 2009

Inspection Time – CHP Style

Inspection Time – CHP Style

Okay so yesterday I was a complete stress out VW owner. I’m driving my slammed VW down to the CHP. Not to mention there is a huge black cloud looming over head. I get down to the CHP as I pass that odd silver with blue flamed race bug – we almost missed each other – kind of odd.

As I’m standing in line I listen to the 2 young men ahead of me in line. They received a fix-it-ticket for being too low on the lowered Acura. The officer gives them a bad time – asking “so are you going to lower the car back down as soon as you leave here?” “How did you raise it” – “Explain to me how you raised it” These guys know all the tricks – why would you try to trick the officers? Unless you were 17 and driving a lowered Honda/Acura.

The officer on watch who inspected the Acura starts asking me questions about my car – the fog lamp in particular.

3:30 on the nose and I am greeted by Officer Clay – a very nice guy. I expected more a military by the book – you are wasting my time kind of experience – it was so not that.

We go out to the car show Officer Clay what was happening. A quick inspection leads him to do research on line – or email his wife to ask her what was for dinner?

Officer clay comes back out seeming very concerned about the situation and explained that the car is really 2 cars in one. A 63 pan with a 56 body – This by the way Guy explained. Dumb me thought all the DMVs had the same rules and it was registered in Idaho as a 56 so I just guessed I could do the same – not so much.

Clay offers for me to get my money back from Guy in Idaho… that would really go over like lead balloons. The fact that he seemed concerned that I had been ripped off made me feel good. Especially because I was sure by this point in time they would have my body stripped off the pan and have it on a truck half way back to Idaho for being illegal of some sorts. I explain to Clay that I want to procede and get back on track.

Clay offers to locate the new vin number any place I like – he tries to talk me out of placing under the back seat – because I would have stuff sitting there and if pulled over I would need to unload the whole car. We both try to outdo each other with how long it has been since we were last pulled over – of course that was a tie. Officer Clay looking up at the sky mentioned the rain which was very much on my mind as well. He wants to get me out of there as fast as possible so I don't get caught in the rain – where am I? This place is cool.

I go back to the waiting area and the front desk officer who was asking about my fog light goes outside and is totally checking me my car… odd

Clay adds my new vin number and I’m out of there and have the car back into the garage before 4:15 and the huge rain storm that starts up at 5:00 – now it’s off to the DMV for another inspection.

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