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New York State and Mini trucks

Discussion in 'Suzuki Carry' started by H Privetts, Jan 4, 2020.

  1. Lynx

    Lynx New Member

    Well the emoji didn’t show. Too bad
  2. Bry899

    Bry899 New Member

    Today 5/24/2021 I emailed Boeki a minitruck wholesaler in New Jersey asking if the mini trucks are street legal in NY.
    Their email response was: "Yes they are Street Legal in NY.", and to contact them. It was closing time so if I get a chance I will call them tomorrow.

    I also went to the NYS DMV web site to see if I could find anything. On the Register an Import page I found the following:
    "You must provide a certified English translation of any document printed in any language except English.
    The DMV will not register or title any Kei-class vehicle unless the applicant provides proof the wehicle has been brought into compliance with all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emission requirements."

    I might also call NYS DMV to see if I can get any more info.
    Anybody successfully register a mini truck in NY recently?
  3. Brian Johnston

    Brian Johnston New Member

    I recently registered three in NY. Three Carrys, and I have one more left to sell if anyone is interested! Trucks were fresh imports with no US title and all paperwork was in line. I did register them as historic, maybe that helped?
  4. Bry899

    Bry899 New Member

    Hey Brian Thanks for the response, I called BoekiUSA in New Jersey today He said that as long as you have a US title, which he can get, and register them in NY as a Classic vehicle, they are then street legal.
    I really would like one with Air conditioning but most don't have ac.
    Does your Carry's have air conditioning? What motor vehicle office location did you go? I live in Long Island.
    Also does the Carry have a neutral position on the transfer case? I would possibly use it as a toad behind my motor home.
  5. mr.mindless

    mr.mindless Member

    I don't know why I hadn't thought of going historic. I've got a '50 chevy truck to deal with sometime this summer so maybe that'd be a good chance to compare historic to passenger reg. The yearly registration is a down side to those of us not good with keeping up on inspections, though I did get to renew reg on a passenger car without inspection recently. Your milage may vary. I had a couple other friends both succeed and fail at the same. It never used to work to renew without inspection, which is why I let registration on my kei lapse 2yr ago.
  6. Brian Johnston

    Brian Johnston New Member

    I got a NYS inspection on all my trucks prior to registering too and included the inspection certificate in the package i submitted to the DMV for registration. I had luck with the Bethpage DMV (Long Island) and Yonkers DMV (Westchester) for registering the trucks.
  7. SuzyQCarry

    SuzyQCarry New Member

    What has been happening in NY is that the DMV says they won't register KEI class vehicles. They haven't been good at getting that message out to the DMV offices for whatever reason. Eventually the registration gets flagged and they ask for the title back. Usually happens when you go to re-register the vehicle. I imported mine two years ago and wasn't able to re-register online. Called DMV they said everything looked OK maybe it was my brower. Told them it wasn't. Called a few more times - they told me to make an appointment and do it in person. I called again and finally got hold of the title bureau and they said they wanted the title back - they didn't know why. Finally spoke to a supervisor in safety and he said NY won't register any KEI class vehicle unless you can prove it meets US model year safety and EPA regs. (they don't care about the federal exemption) I asked how to do that - he had no clue. He said I can sell it or drive it on my property. There was pending litigation against DMV for this but the case got dismissed because the person who initiated it was denied an initial title and never received one. I called his lawyer and said I have a good case because I was issued a title , had it for two years and now DMV wants it back. But of course I would have to pay for the lawyer and everything to bring a new suit. I'm not sure where Boeki got the info that it was legal to register with an out of state title. DMV says it is not. They just might not catch it right away. There are some people that had a title for 4 years and DMV wants them back. If anyone is in the same situation as I am and wants to chip in together for the lawyer let me know.
  8. matt167

    matt167 Active Member

    Given that I know many Alto's, and van's are in NY I think it's a truck thing that they figure out..

    I would vermont the title to get any JDM registered at this point. If you want to put it into NY or whatever state your in, Add the max payload to the gross vehicle weight so that it looks heavier on paper and register it as a Pickup
  9. Jigs-n-fixtures

    Jigs-n-fixtures Well-Known Member

    A lot of the States have Statutes design to keep the “Off Highway Utility Vehicles” imported as left hand drive version and modified so they could not exceed 25-mph. They were imported from the late eighties to the early nineties, with the less than 25-mph mods so they didn’t have to meet emissions or safety standards. Now 25 years later we are importing the used vehicles form Japan, and they were designed ofr on highway use, and except for the specific statutory bans, would be licensable as collector/antique/classic vehicles, so long as teh were imported after the FHA’s 25-year restriction.

    So, you can roll into the DMV in the States that banned the minitrucks, and register the sister van with no issues, because the explicit definition of a minitruck, doesn’t apply to the vans.
  10. Bry899

    Bry899 New Member

    Thanks for the info. I purchased a 1995 Suzuki Carry last week thinking I would be OK, after calling Boeki and seeing other mini truck owners successfully register their trucks in NY. I bought mine locally with a NY State Title. I have an appt Tuesday with DMV, keeping my fingers crossed. If I get denied then I would register it in Vermont.
  11. Bry899

    Bry899 New Member

    Registered my 1995 Suzuki Carry today at NYS DMV, with Historical Plates and insurance.
    If the DMV cancels my registration, or asks for the plates and title back then I will try the Vermont Registration.
    I wouldn't mind supporting SuzyQCarry in her legal battle, but what I would be able to contribute wouldn't cover the lawyers lunch.

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