There are over 14 million registered cars in California. Unfortunately, more accidents occur in California than anywhere else in the United States. Therefore, certain regulations, particularly for custom or classic cars, are set in place to keep roads safe.
Our qualified car accident attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers have a thorough understanding of California car laws and can provide you with information about how you can legally own your custom or classic car. If you are interested in using our services, you may reach our 24/7 legal team by calling 213-927-3700 or filling out our quick contact form.
Classic cars have become a favorite among auto enthusiasts because of their high prices and finite availability. Many classic cars are upgraded and fitted with unique features such as custom interiors, high powered engines, and automatic lubrication systems.
Though the exact definition of “classic car” differs by state, the Car Club of America classifies this type of vehicle as a “fine” or “distinctive” automobile assembled between 1915 and 1948.
California describes a “classic car” as a vehicle that is at least 25 years old. This distinction is made due to the fact that cars built before 1975 are excused from the California Smog Certification Program.
Listed below are a few different classic car types and how they are defined by the state of California:
Regrettably, Southern California is known to have the highest level of smog in the nation.
In an effort to reduce environmental damage and comply with the Clean Air Act, registered vehicles must abide by smog inspection regulations. However, there are few exceptions to the rule. Vehicles that DO NOT require a smog certification include:
Classic cars built before 1975 are usually constructed with simple emission control systems that have exhaust gas recirculation valves and air pressure sensors. Though each car model is different, typically a classic car will not produce as much carbon pollution as a modern car. Alternatively, certain classic cars can produce other pollutants that can be worse than modern cars.
Los Angeles has the longest running and most popular car show in the world. As classic and custom vehicles gain popularity, thousands of car enthusiasts flock each year to the L.A Auto Show to feature their custom models and rare finds.
However, though most antique cars are mobile, they are mainly collectibles and most hobbyists choose to display them rather than drive them on a daily basis. Due to this fact, there are several unique insurance policies that maximize the yearly mileage to 2,500, which is significantly lower than the 13,500 miles driven by the average U.S driver.
Most car insurance companies offer classic car insurance at a much lower rate than they do for standard auto policies. This is because most classic cars are collectibles and not used for daily travel.
Auto enthusiasts tend to drive more safely when in their custom cars to preserve the vehicle’s condition and value. Combined with the average amount of vehicle coverage, classic cars often receive the following perks:
In California, you must have a minimum amount of car insurance or face serious consequences. Due to the large amount of creative car alterations, California has created a standard guide to what is allowed:
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