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Is Your Car a Classic or Historic?

What kind of car do you have – “historic” or “classic”?

1960 Chevy El Camino
1960 Chevy El Camino
1940s Wolseley
1940s Wolseley

You’ve owned it forever or you’re eyeing it online or at a car show — one of the great muscle cars of the 60s and 70s or a real vintage beauty from the 40s.The State of Arizona MVD has 3 classic and historic specialty license plates, each for a different type of vehicle.

AZ Classic car lic. plateAZ Historic Vehicle lic. plateAZ Horseless Carriage tag

To qualify as a “Classic Car,” it must be on the “Approved Classics” list of The Classic Car Club of America. The club defines a car a classic as a “‘Fine’ or ‘Distinctive’ automobile, American or foreign built, produced between 1925 and 1948.” The 1940s Wolseley pictured above is a great example.

A “Historic Vehicle” is at least 25 years old. The classic 1960 Chevy El Camino shown above is a perfect example. Though it may be called a “classic,” as many muscle cars are, in AZ, it’s considered a “Historic Vehicle.” Note: the 25 year or older rule may not apply to your vehicle.*

1915 Ford Model “T”

Now, a “Horseless Carriage” is a vehicle that was made in 1915 or older like the 1915 Ford Model “T” on the right.

Another thing you need to know before applying for one of the classic or historic tags, is that your insurance company MUST insure it properly as a classic vehicle to be exempt from an emissions test and must have a letter from the Insurance company saying they meet AZ requirements for collectible insurance.


Classic cars are not meant to be driven on the street regularly except to go to a car show. *If your car is around the 25 year old mark, you need to contact your insurance company to make sure it qualifies as a historic vehicle.

Please give us a call and we can help you with any questions about collectible vehicles and their proper registration.

Prompt Titles & Registrations

Two Locations to Serve you!
3001 E Thomas Road, Ste. 101
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 957-0450

3126 W Thomas Road, Ste. 102A
Phoenix, AZ 85017
(602) 269-6000

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3 Things you need to know when selling a car in AZ

For Sale signIf you’re selling, have sold or plan to sell a vehicle or transfer ownership somehow in Arizona, here are a few things you need to know:

  1. You must complete a “Sold Notice” – this protects you from any liability for accidents, tickets, etc. that may occur after the sale.
  2. You must also complete the transfer information on the back of the Certificate of Title and give it to the new owner.
  • Make sure it’s a “clean” title and there aren’t any liens on it.
  • If the title is missing or lost, you can bring it to any of our offices and we’ll do a title inspection.
  • Remove the license plate from the vehicle and keep it. You are responsible for that plate. If something happens to the vehicle after the sale like being involved in a crime or left abandoned, you’ll be responsible. Depending on when you registered the vehicle, you may qualify for a credit or refund. Visit one of our offices.

Prompt Titles & Registrations

Two Locations to Serve you!
3001 E Thomas Road, Ste. 101
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 957-0450

3126 W Thomas Road, Ste. 102A
Phoenix, AZ 85017
(602) 269-6000

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Proper tire inflation is key to savings & safety

Tire manufacturers have recommendations on tire psi pressure and its relation to auto manufacturers’ weight and load specifications. 

Most vehicles are not equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system or a tire pressure sensor and therefore manual tire pressure monitoring is left up to the vehicle owner or local service provider.  Checking your tire psi pressure is easy to do with a tire pressure gauge – like the one pictured which is available Free from Prompt Titles & Registrations in Phoenix when you come in to register your vehicle or transfer a title. (while quantities last).

In Phoenix! Free Tire Gauge from Prompt Titles & Registrations w/ any
of our services. (While quantities last.)

Tire pressure can affect the way your tires wear in a number of ways. 

  1. Tire pressure may help detect any early leak.
  2. An under-inflated tire may cause your vehicle to pull one way or another affecting both steering and cornering.
  3. An under-inflated tire can affect fuel efficiency.
  4. Tire pressure is a safety issue.  Not keeping your car’s tires at the proper pressure can result in loss of control of the vehicle or a blow out at the worst possible time.

Taking a few minutes to check your tire pressure will save you a lot of money. Had I done that, a couple of months ago, I would have saved myself $200. My neighbor noticed the tire was low and I rode on it a little too long – long enough to totally destroy it! Even putting air in it at that point would have been useless – it was too far gone. I had to replace it and the other front tire since they need to be balanced. The rear tires are fine. Lesson learned. I got one of the neat tire gauges from Prompt Tittles & Registrations!

Correct tire pressure your car’s tires is printed on the outside of the tire and in the frame of the driver’s door.

How to check the tire pressure with a gauge

  1. Do it when the tires are cool.
  2. Remove the plastic valve capon the tire.
  3. Press the gauge firmly onto the valve stem.
  4. Be sure that you press the gauge onto the stem hard enough.
  5. You should hear a small bit of air escape as you do this.
  6. Record the pressure listed on the gauge and make sure it matches the manufacturer’s specifications.

Prompt Titles & Registrations

Two Locations to Serve you!
3001 E Thomas Road, Ste. 101
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 957-0450

3126 W Thomas Road, Ste. 102A
Phoenix, AZ 85017
(602) 269-6000

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