Common mistakes & assumptions customers make..

Posted by Uni Aguilar on Thu, May 09, 2013 @ 17:05 PM

Today I'll spare you the reading.. here's a video of me talking about the common mistakes & assumptions customers make when it comes to their autos:


Topics: change in ownership, prevent, dmv, auto, prevention, riverside, auto tag agency, VIN verification, Title transfer, notice of release of liability, auto tag

The importance of updating your address at the DMV

Posted by Uni Aguilar on Tue, Mar 05, 2013 @ 22:03 PM

When you are moving, one of the final things people tend to is updating their addresses to everyone that sends correspondence to them via USPS mail. One of the most simplest things that you must legally do and you must do for other purposes is update your address when you move. The DMV requires that you do this, and so does law enforcement. Why is updating your address so important? Here are a few reasons:

  1. The DMV will send you your registration renewal notices to the right address, and not the wrong one. By doing this simple thing, you avoid possibly being late and incurring late penalty fees when it is time to get your auto tag stickers. Don't be like so many of my customers that only find out they are late when one of their kids or a friend tells them that their tags are already expired.
  2. The DMV will send you a notice of a suspended registration and you will be unaware of it. Sometimes your insurance company doesn't notify the DMV that you have insurance, and as a result, you could be driving around with a suspended registration for assuming that the insurance company did their part by electronically notifying the DMV.
  3. The DMV will send you a notice of unpaid registration fees. Sometimes a person you sold a vehicle to doesn't do a title transfer, and as a result, the vehicle remains in your name, and as a result, all notices, such as tickets, unpaid registration fees, and things of that sort, get sent to you. By having the right address on file, you will quickly respond to those notices & avoid collections process against you on a vehicle that you no longer own.
  4. Other entities, such as a tow yard, parking ticket enforcements and other third parties may send you notices and you may not be aware of them. A a tow yard could send you a notice of a pending lien sale or a parking enforcement agency may have sent you a ticket that you are unaware of. Having these notices sent to you is imperative so that you can respond promptly to clarify the situation.
So how easy is it have your address updated at the DMV? One of the ways is by filling out form DMV 14: fill it out, sign it, and mail it to the DMV. The other way is to sign up online on the DMV's website and electronically update your address yourself. Unfortunately with these first 2 options you won't get an updated registration card, however, the other, and quickest way to do it, is coming into our office and having us do it for you. We can issue you the new registration with the updated address immediately, and you won't have to worry about it again.

Topics: change in ownership, dmv, registration, auto, auto tag agency, Title transfer, Tags, suspended registration, auto tag

The basics of transferring a vehicle's title in your name

Posted by Uni Aguilar on Mon, Sep 20, 2010 @ 22:09 PM

There are a few things that you should know about transferring a vehicle's title into your name. Some of these things may make you reconsider the purchase of your vehicle, and some of these tips will save you money by avoiding paying unnecessary penalty fees. The following is a short list of basics & tips:

  • CA DMV dictates that you transfer a vehicle's ownership within 10 days of the purchase. If you don't do this, you will be penalized. I have seen customers who waited 6 months to transfer the title and the penalties were in the 100s!
  • Since we are in CA and there's a sales tax, the purchase of a vehicle is also charged a sales tax. The CA sales tax varies depending on city/county... but it averages to about 8.75%. When you transfer a vehicle's title you will be charged transfer fees, registration fees and most of the time sales tax.
  • Vehicles that weigh more pay more. The heavier your vehicle is the more you'll pay. Even an older vehicle who has little to no value can incur high fees due to its weight. This is something to consider when thinking about a vehicle's true cost. If you know your vehicle weighs less than the "unladen weight" listed on the registration, you should have your vehicle weighed and the unladen weight updated so that you pay the appropriate weight fees for your vehicles. Call us @ 951-684-0494 and let us tell you how. Here's the list of weight fees and their corresponding weights.
  • Vehicles sold between children, parents, grandparents, grandchildren and siblings, in most cases, qualify for a "family exemption" - taxes are waived & with the exception of the biennial smog, you don't need to get a smog.

This list of tips & basics is short but these are the main things that effect the price when you are transferring a vehicle into your name. Do you want to know how much it will cost to transfer a vehicle into your name? Simply call us or e-mail us and we will let you know how much it will cost.

Topics: change in ownership, ownership transfer, Title transfer