Evasion is an honorable way of dealing with tyranny.
During Prohibition, people would build hidden compartments in their cars to hide the alcohol which the government decreed they weren’t allowed to possess (let alone drink).
Fatty Arbuckle had several in his Pierce Arrow.
People deal in cash, today – so as to avoid having to hand it over to the government.
Another way to avoid being made to pay is to put Farm Use or Antique Vehicle tags on your vehicle – if you can “get away” with it, to use the moral-inversion term we’ve been conditioned to shame-facedly use whenever we speak of protecting ourselves against the depredations of government. The implication being we are doing something sketchy if not outright dishonorable by attempting to keep what’s ours from those who think it’s theirs.
Farm Use and Antique tags – in states where these are available – are a legal way to “get away” with it. To avoid having to pay annual sums for what is styled “registration” and also for “inspection” – both of which are just words attached to make variations of theft seem to be something else.
What is this “registration” business, anyhow?
Why should you – the owner (supposedly) of the vehicle be obliged to “register” it with the government – and pay the government for this “privilege”?
Consider the prefix of the word, reg. As in king. Do you begin to see? The “king” – it now means the government but it amounts to the same thing – exerts ownership over what you are deluded into believing you own (since you paid for it) by obliging you to register it with him (them) as the condition of being allowed to maintain the fiction that you own the thing. If you do not “register” – and pay – the king/government will make it clear who owns what, if his (its) men catch you driving around unregistered.
It is the same with “inspections.”
Well, by whom? The king/government’s men, again. These may not be officially the king/government’s men – but it’s a distinction without much difference since it amounts to the same thing.
You are obliged to submit what you thought was your vehicle for handling – often roughly – by people you’re forced to deal with and to whom you must hand over money, for their profit at your expense. This is especially galling when you know for a fact that your car’s brakes are in good order, the tires have plenty of tread – that everything pertaining to its “safety,” which is the excuse given for the “inspection” – is kopacetic.
And thus, an “inspection” is unnecessary – as regards “safety.”
The sums are not small, when you ad them up. Which many people do not – and so they seem small.
But let’s add them up and see what they are.
It generally costs about $50 to “register” a vehicle for a year and another $20 to submit it for the manhandling styled “inspection.” That $70 or so each year compounds to hundreds – then thousands – over the years. Viz – over twenty years, they will cost you $1,400 – a sum most of us would not consider small at all. It is more when you factor in the lost opportunity cost of your lost money.
Why not pay them nothing . . . if you can “get away” with it?
Farm Use and Antique Vehicle tags are one such way. A legal way, too – if your vehicle qualifies as either. Usually, it must be at least 25 years old to meet the criteria for “antique” – and a truck or similar vehicle employed as a “farm” vehicle. Which usually means, something used to deliver/pick up stuff associated with a farm, such as hay or livestock or fence posts – and so on.
Technically – legally – you aren’t allowed to use the Farm Use vehicle for anything else – such as driving to the supermarket or work. Just as technically – legally – you aren’t allowed to use the Antique-tagged vehicle for other than “testing” purposes and to and from classic car shows, etc.
But there’s a lot of wiggle room there, to “get away” with using either for all of the things they say you’re not allowed to use them for. And there are several ways to lessen your chances of getting caught so using them – and to talk your way out of it.
One, be plausible –
Don’t put Farm Use tags on your Miata – or similar. The ideal dodge is a vehicle that looks like a farm use vehicle, or could be. An older truck is perfect. An SUV is good. Also a crossover. Anything that can plausibly carry things like hay or animals – and looks like it may have. A bale of hay in the bed, for instance. Or some straw, at least. Some egg cartons. Animal carriers – etc. This way, if you get hassled by one of the king’s (government’s) men, you can plausibly point to the stuff you’re carrying or which it appears you have carried, recently.
It is hard to prove you’re not headed back to – or going to – the farm.
Similarly, don’t put Antique Vehicle tags on a ’90s Camry – or similar – even if it is 25 years old. It may be legal, but it looks fishy, especially if the Camry is just a ratty old Camry. The ideal thing is an antique truck – which can also wear Farm Use tags.
A double exemption!
But so long as whatever it is comports with the general idea of “antique.” Something old enough – and nice enough – to pass muster as an antique. It’s a great excuse to drive a ’70s wagon or ’80s weird car around as your everyday.
Which brings us to Two.
Have both. Have several. Do not drive the same everyday.
The easiest way to not get away with driving Farm Use or Antique-tagged vehicles is to drive the same one every day. Especially if you have to drive in areas where there are many of the king’s (government’s) men about. Because it is much more likely you’ll be noticed – and thus, more likely you’ll be caught.
It will also be harder to talk your way out of it.
Solution? Drive the Farm Use-tagged truck one day – and your Antique-tagged car the next. It’s even more ideal if you have more than two vehicles so tagged – so as to make it appear you’re only driving a given vehicle occasionally – as per the law regarding the Antique tags – and to and from your “farm,” as per the law regarding Farm Use tags.
The best part is, the consequences if caught are relatively minor – while the savings you’ll accrue are considerable.
Plus the satisfaction, which is even more so.
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