Effective June 1, 2019, qualified collectible vehicles in Arizona will be exempt from mandatory emissions inspection and maintenance. That’s good news for classic car owners in Arizona, but what about the rest of the country?
Well, if you’re fortunate enough to live in one of 19 states with no emissions requirements, you don’t have to worry. But classic car enthusiasts in the other 31 states (and Washington, D.C.) have a variety of laws with which to contend.
Some states do not require emissions testing for vehicles made before a certain year while others require special license plates or put usage restrictions in place, sometimes only in specific counties.
“You’ll see that a lot of states have restrictions on how these vehicles can be used -– a lot of times, maybe it is the weekends or certain mileage per year or to and from sale or maintenance facility,” Christian Robinson, director of state government affairs for the Special Equipment Marketing Association, told the ClassicCars.com Journal.
“Sometimes we’ll also see that some states require people to have a daily driver in addition to their collector car.”
Collector vehicles also require special insurance since their values tend to increase versus decrease. The Insurance Information Institute, a national nonprofit organization focused to improve public understanding of insurance, offers some suggestions about insuring a classic car.
According to Chuck Hellings, Director of Marketing at American Collectors Insurance, “standard Auto Insurance does not provide ‘agreed value’ coverage meaning your car may not be insured for its true value. That is a real risk if something should happen to your car. Collector car insurance provides ‘agreed value’ coverage and combined with the life style of your car, can be significantly less than ‘standard auto’, delivering better coverage at a potentially lower premium.”
Meanwhile, let’s take a closer look at the new Arizona regulations, the result of the passage of H.B. 2357 which was supported by SEMA.
In order to qualify for the exemption, a vehicle must be at least 15 model years old or be of a unique or rare design, of limited production, and an object of curiosity. In addition, vehicles must be maintained primarily for use in car club activities, exhibitions, parades or other functions of public interest, or for a private collection and is used only infrequently. Additionally, the vehicle must have collectible or classic automobile insurance coverage that restricts the vehicle’s mileage or use, or both, and requires the owner to have another vehicle for personal use.
To make understanding the laws that may affect, the SEMA Action Network compiled this list of states and their varying emissions restrictions: