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    "classic" plates

    So i have a few vehicles. Some may say too many. Anyhow I have two jeeps. One is a 74 Cj5. The other is a 88YJ. I keep good insurance on them and it adds up. My insurance agent suggested looking into classic plates and the insurance would drop significantly. Now the CJ5 is just kinda a cruise around jeep. The YJ is kinda the same but it gets wheeled.

    Any reason to think id run into trouble having classic plates on them? Im not concerned with mileage restrictions.
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    PA Fact SHeet: http://www.dot.state.pa.us/public/dv...ets/fs-ant.pdf

    I don't know if there are any differences for the classic plate but I have an antique plate on my 63 CJ5 and 90 Suburban. Any vehicle I own that's over 25 years old is going to get an antique plate.

    One time registration fee good for life and no initial or annual inspection. Scrape off your inspection stickers and enjoy a clear windshield.

    Photos are no longer required with the application. You used to have to submit photos to the state showing a fairly original (at least on the outside) vehicle in restored or decent condition. They would reject you for a cracked windshield or a modern bull bar bumper. Not now!

    You CAN drive it at night if it has adequate lighting.

    You CAN drive it every day of the week as long as you're ready to say where the car show is that night or club event is that night. The rule says you can drive an antique to work once a week, to discourage daily driving an antique, but you have unlimited use if driving to a car show, club event, parade, whatever. I think an officer of the law would have to have a lot of free time and concern to track how many times a week he sees your antique on the road.

    You CAN'T "haul cargo" according to the law, but my jeep's M416 trailer is a matching antique that will never be quested and my burb has pulled a small utility trailer around Westmoreland county without issue numerous times and I had a state trooper follow me more than once last year.

    I think my antique insurance coverage with a full replacement value I chose is cheaper than a normal auto policy with minimum coverage.

    I used to have Hagerty antique insurance and they required photos to verify condition is good like the state used to do and they wanted to confirm the vehicle is stored in a garage.

    I currently have State Farm due to cheaper identical coverage, but they also require pictures. They rejected my burb because it is lifted and has rocker rust, so I have it on a normal vehicle policy now but I was told there is another local State Farm agent who will switch it to antique for me. I haven't bothered with it yet though. That agent put antique policies on a friend's deuce and a half and it is pretty rough.

    The state also dropped the lame antique plate with a picture of a Model T on it and now it just says PA Antique on the left side of the plate. Much cleaner looking. Car guys were getting stickers made of their cars to cover the Model T and on my deuce and a half I spray painted a green star over it.
    Last edited by joshs1ofakindxj; 04-19-2019 at 08:11 AM.
    63 CJ5 "M38A1"
    66 M416 Trailer
    90 Chevy Suburban 1500
    96 BMW R1100GS
    16 Suzuki KingQuad 750

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    Maybe ill look into that for it. The big issue is that i have these vehicles that dont get used much but coverage is expensive. Antique may be the way to go, at least for the CJ5, The YJ is lifted a decent amount might be harder to get insured as an antique.

    Thanks for the response
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    Antique plates here as well on my lifted 89 YJ and my 75 Monza, just regular liability insurance right now though I do plan to look into antique insurance eventually if I get around to it.
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    Btw - nothing I've read says you can't tow, the rule says you can't "haul" which to me means materials (ie even an ATV would be fine.
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    Yes, I think "haul" is more of a commercial term, to keep someone from slapping an antique plate on dump truck and delivering gravel as a business.

    I don't expect to ever have an issue dragging my utility trailer to the scrap yard but I figured it was worth mentioning.
    Last edited by joshs1ofakindxj; 04-19-2019 at 08:15 AM.
    63 CJ5 "M38A1"
    66 M416 Trailer
    90 Chevy Suburban 1500
    96 BMW R1100GS
    16 Suzuki KingQuad 750

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