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Ticked off at the state of IL

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Purchased car in March and went straight to DMV to register.
Got charged a motor fuel tax as DMV deemed the Volt an EV.
They sent my stuff off to the state and plates were to come in the mail.
4 mos later had to go back in to get a longer temp tag as they hadn't come in yet.
2 weeks later they send me a letter with all the paperwork stating that DMV forgot to charge me for a title transfer fee or something like that. Sent a new check in with all the paperwork.
New plates and sticker come in about August.
Wheew...thought I was done.

A week ago the state sends me a letter stating my plates don't match the body style and it's illegal so go to DMV.
Hand the pile of papers to DMV and come to find out, Illinois doesn't see the VOLT as an EV. Since it has a gas engine range extender, they classify it as a hybrid. (everybody is flat clueless if this is a new classification or not). They really gloss over when you try to explain the engine is in no way conected to the tires through a driveline.
They proceed to issue me new passenger car plates. I asked about the fuel tax over charge and DMV doesn't do refunds, call this ### for reimbursement.
Called than ### for reimbursement and since it has been over 6 months I have to submit a special small claims reimbursement to the state.
Everybody is so happy to help me to call someone else, no one takes responsibility, they are all sorry this happened, even though its not their fault, and they hope I have a good rest of my day.
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Illinois Sec. of State is the worst. My tale of woe....(not about a Volt..).

While living in Iowa, I bought a nice used Sea Ray from an Illinois owner. The boat trailer was registered in Illinois, which is a title and registration state for small trailers. I registered it in Iowa, which is a registration only state, no title. The registration did not show the weight of the trailer. Then I moved to Illinois.

I took the Iowa registration in to the ILL S of S to title/register the boat trailer. Lady looks at the Iowa registration and says, I cannot title this because this registration does not show the weight. I don't know what class trailer it is. I show her the previous Illinois title (Iowa didn't take it). Original title. VINs match. Shows the weight/class. Here's everything you need.

No can do. Now I am told to take the trailer to a weigh station, explain my situation and they will be happy to allow me to take the trailer off the car, occupy their scale and take up their time. While my boat sits on a public ramp somewhere. Right.

Ended up just continuing to pay Iowa. :D:D
 
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SNAFU
Or just totally screwed up.
That.

Go to Iowa, it is infinitely better. There, if there are any questions, you can call your local County Treasurer (yes, that's it). Everything happens at the county level.

People there are competent, thorough and accurate. Friendly and seem happy. Clean, new facility that is called the County Store.

You go there by appointment, no waiting in line with the great unwashed. If you are missing something and need to come back, you can come
back without an appointment and see the same person at their desk, who will remember you and know why you returned. They will fix it on the spot.

Only one problem, I don't know if Iowa can issue an IL title. ;);)
 

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I feel like I am on the Lewis and Clark expedition.
Ha! Except L&C enjoyed a nicer view and the people they encountered were friendlier and knew their business. L&C's trip was shorter. Finally, when they got home, they had something to show for their effort.
 

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Steverino, Interesting theory, tough in reality. What are the costs, how to enforce? Is there a sat link in every car? Toll stations everywhere? I foresee lots of "broken" odometers. And we are in times where there is lots of resistance to Big Brother intrusions into lives. Not to mention any -ism under the sun.
 
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