I don't know if this is the best place for this but oh well if it ain't. Question for all you law abiding citizens. About a month ago I sold a lowrider I owned for about 8 years. I get an email today from the kid that bought it and he tells me that some shop is keeping the car against his will because the inspection is illegal. Can a shop do this? I am referring to PA if this helps. I understand that they can refuse to work on it or refuse an inspection themselves but can they really scrape a sticker from someone else's car or hold it from this kid? I know that if someone showed me something of theirs and i took it and kept it, it would be called "THEFT".
First I'd say 'Whoops'. Then I'd tell the kid to call the local constabulatory and ask them nicely if the shop is allowed to do that. I'd then inform the kid that it's his problem as he should have known his local inspection rules and regulations before he bought said lowrider. I'd then wish him luck and tell him to have a nice day.
I'd guess that they're allowed to take possession if the car is deemed unsafe to drive...which they could do if they say the illegal suspension is potentially dangerous. oh well--it's not your problem, right?
I worked at a Sears in PA for a few years that did inspections and I don't understand how having hydraulics would fail the inspection. The suspention is in working conditon(not the best suspention for driving but working none the less) and some states require that the lowest part of the car cannot be lower than the lowest part of the rim. This is why many lowriders put on really tall 78's sized tires on their cars for inspection.
But I still don't understand why they would keep the car. They should just fail the car
In virginia, I think they would just fail it and require you to get it fixed. I've gotten rejected for stuff like tint before, but the shop never threatened to hold the car. I think that kid needs to find a new place to get his car inspected. It's all about finding the right place. Some places are really anal about it (particularly more ******* places that haven't seen anything other than a ford or chevy in 20 years), and some places will breeze you through in 5 or 10 minutes. It's all a money making ploy for the state anyway. http://****************.com/smile/emthdown.gif
He didn't take the car in for an inspection. He took the car there to have the brakes changed and they noticed some things and said they were going to scrape off the inspection sticker because it was illegal and for him to call me and if he refused then they would call the state police on him. I personally would have taken my keys (with force if necessary) and simply left. I don't know how they were able to detain him. The car was by no means able to pass inspection, but that's what friends are for. I drove the car for 3 years with hydros and never had a safety issue. It should not be up to this shop to tell this kid he cannot drive his car, ya know?
It sounds like someone at the shop has a grudge against kids and lowriders. It's not their job to regulate safety inspections, just perform them, and only upon request.
The shop is certainly not allowed to hold the car... They really shouldn't be allowed to remove the sticker either. I'm not sure what the kid can do at this point, since if the car is illegal to drive, alerting the police would just net him a pile of fix-it tickets. Definitely contact the BBB... I think this falls under "work performed without authorization" i.e. they basically did a state inspection on the car without the permission of the owner.
Here is the way it stands. My name is listed on the title because the kid owes me $750. This way he couldn't legally sell it or trade it without me giving consent. I pride myself in being honest and am looking out for his best interests but more so, I worked on this car for 8 years and don't want to see it trashed or torn apart without reason. I doubt this will come to uncivil behavior but if he turns on me then so be it. For now, he is simply asking for my friendly advice.
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