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Hi.  I need your advice.  Have any of you run into problems with CARB?  I bought a 356 Speedster replica from JPS Motorsports in Dec 2020.  I got the all the administrative paperwork done of a DMV visit, CHP visit.  I sent all the documents to BAR and get assigned a virtual referee.  The ref submits the scanned documents to CARB.  In mid April, the ref says CARB rejected my submission.  The ref stated basically states CARB says my car was built in 2020 and should be built with 2020 standards.  I have no written rejection reason.  The ref states all discussion should be with CARB.  I contracted CARB through their helpline@arb.ca.gov email address for the last 1.5 months and they never respond.  Anybody going through the same experience?  Thank you for any insight you can provide.  I really want to get the car legally registered and enjoy the car, but this process has been terrible.

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When you register with the SB100 process in California, the vehicle owner has 2 options for registration: 1) register the car with manufacturer's date of the vehicle it represents (1957 Porsche for example) OR 2) the year the car was made by the manufacturer, in your case JPS 2020.

Naturally, almost all owners choose option 1, since no smog test is required for the life of the vehicle.  I suggest you check your documents to make sure you haven't chosen option 2 by mistake. 

As you progress with registration, please keep the group informed.  That's how we all learn.

Thank you to all for your suggestions.  Yeah I tried the ARB 800-242-4450 and they play a message to just email the helpline.arb.ca.gov, but that group mailbox hasn't responded in 1.5 months despite multiple attempts.

Jim Kelly - Thanks for the suggestion.  I used what JPS Classics provided as instructions and they stated to put down 20## in the DMV forms.  I used 2020 because of the instructions.  Year 2020 in listed in the forms REG 343, REG 256, REG 5036, Brake & Light certs (B-91, L-91).  Now I have to figure if that is the reason and if I have to resubmit everything all over again.  I'll try contacting the BAR referee again to see if he has any ideas on how to resubmit the year.  I hope I don't have to redo all the paperwork again.

The problem with this process is everyone involved has their own interpretation of what the rules are, and some individuals seem to live to exploit whatever little power they've been handed. Ours was registered as a 2020 SPCNS with no mention whatsoever about meeting 2020 standards. The smog year is determined at the final in-person BAR appt., at which time they typically give you the option of engine year or replica year. None of this, however, makes any difference to the person who's decided they'd like to make your life as miserable as possible. You're only real hope is to get this into somebody else's hands, and hope their idea of how this works lines up closer to the actual stated policies.

We took on the SB100 process simply because we wanted to 'do the right thing'. If I could do it over, I never would have done it. I hope others find all this info on this site before they make the mistake of trying to get into the SB100 program. It's a complete joke from start to finish, something that started as a means to help this community, but has been turned into a weapon to prevent us from registering our cars at all.

Be especially nice to everyone you talk to and try to get your paperwork into somebody else's hands than whoever is currently handling it.

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I certainly don't speak for the man, but to my knowledge JPS is 100% against the SB100 route, as any affiliation with JPS would cause the vehicle to immediately be disqualified. As confusing as the whole SB100 process is, one thing is clear: any vehicles completed by a builder do not qualify. If the OP has stated the car was completed by JPS, that's going to be a hurdle they're most likely not getting over. But I would hope they knew enough going in to avoid that.

SPCN process requires that the end user 1) buy his own motor, 2) buy his own transaxle and 3) install the aforementioned items themself.  Thus, JPS would not be able to provide a SPCN title since he is supposedly not involved in doing those things.  Year for SPCN is now 0000, not 2020 or 2021.  Unfortunately, once it has been rejected it is VERY difficult to get it changed.  IF you have all the proper paperwork and can prove that you did the things required by SPCN/SB100n processes then you have a chance.  I've gone through this with clients before and won, but it was not easy and we had to provide several photos and letters, etc...

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SPCN process requires that the end user 1) buy his own motor, 2) buy his own transaxle and 3) install the aforementioned items themself.  Thus, JPS would not be able to provide a SPCN title since he is supposedly not involved in doing those things.  Year for SPCN is now 0000, not 2020 or 2021.  Unfortunately, once it has been rejected it is VERY difficult to get it changed.  IF you have all the proper paperwork and can prove that you did the things required by SPCN/SB100n processes then you have a chance.  I've gone through this with clients before and won, but it was not easy and we had to provide several photos and letters, etc...

Another vote for registering it in Vermont.

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