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Registering an Out of State Ford Mustang in CA

I wish to purchase a 2009 Ford Mustang V8 with manual transmission from a dealer in Colorado and register it in California. Will it pass the smog check in CA? I believe for 2009 model years Colorado was 49 state legal, not 50 state legal. The vehicle has around 25K miles so it is past the 7500 mile new car limit. What can I expect to have to do to get this vehicle registered in California. - Chris


There is a difference with California legal and Federal legal emission systems. However if this Ford Mustang is equipped with the Federal (49-state legal) smog parts which it was originally equipped with, it can pass the California smog check and register with the CA DMV. If the Mustang you are considering buying has not had its emissions system tampered, the check engine light is not illuminated and its emission monitors are "ready", the vehicle can pass the California smog check without any emissions system modification and/or upgrade.

posted by SmogTips Support 05-27-2017 08:59 AM

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