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Old 10-09-2014, 10:20 AM   #11
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Re: Florida registration for new conversion

Find a different person. I have had more than my share of stories of DMV employees telling me things that conflict with what their statute says, even handing out brochures of how they interpret the law (not legal official state papers). I have been tempted to record them, "so I can remember what they say because I am confused."

PS--"I am confused" is what a good friend and mentor told me to say in professional settings when I really want to shout "BULL$!!T"!
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Old 10-10-2014, 02:12 PM   #12
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Re: Florida registration for new conversion

So I just got back from the Orange County Tax Office in Downtown Orlando (on Jackson). I worked with Raymond for half an hour. He was confused at first but went out of his way to lookup the appropriate info in DMV forms TL-13 and TL-10 when I brought them up. So, if you're in Orlando, we have someone here that knows his stuff now. He actually said he was glad to learn how to do something new and different! The only thing I was missing was a weight slip. I was issued a 10 day temporary tag though which means I CAN FINALLY DRIVE MY BUS HOME!!!

So, here is what you should bring.
  • Vin/Odometer Verification Form (notarized)
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    Proof of Insurance
    Conversion Affidavit
    Drivers License
    Weight Slip
    Patience (optional but recommended)
    $$$

Helpful links:
TL-10 http://www3.flhsmv.gov/DMV/Proc/TL/TL-10.PDF
TL-13 http://www3.flhsmv.gov/DMV/Proc/TL/TL-13.PDF
VIN and ODO verification http://www.flhsmv.gov/dmv/forms/btr/82042.pdf
Weight Slip Affidavit http://www.flhsmv.gov/dmv/forms/BTR/82105.pdf
Conversion Affidavit - There is sample wording in TL-13 page 5

Hope this helps!
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Old 10-10-2014, 03:05 PM   #13
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nice. First I've heard of a weight slip being required in Fl. Also the vin form...
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Old 10-10-2014, 04:04 PM   #14
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I saw on a sign in the lobby that said vehicles must be present for inspection and my heart jumped. The agent that helped me said "Yeah... I don't think a bus will fit into the parking garage" and we both had a good laugh. Luckily the VIN/ODO verification form took the place of an on-site VIN verification. The way I see it, the more paperwork you come in with the better!
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who did you find to insure it unconverted?
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I have a friend who is an insurance agent. She got me a commercial auto policy from Progressive. It's expensive at $950 a year, but it's legit coverage and I didn't have to lie about anything. I got a good quote from GMAC of $43 a month once I convert it, but they wanted me to send pics to underwriting. Once I'm done converting I'll switch over. If anyone in Florida wants to go the same route, you can call Char at Blanchard Insurance (407.788.8640). Tell her Mike sent you because I get a free toaster-oven/CD player combo unit if you do!
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Good to know...
I keep bidding on buses and no matter how high I go someone always outbids me. Every time.
When I finally do land one, I'll need someone to definitely give me a policy. Thats always been a problem in the past.
Thanks for the contact info, may just need it.
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who did you find to insure it unconverted?
I had my friend help me get a commercial policy through Progressive. It's expensive, but the only way I could do it. I could of probably stretched the truth and submitted fake pictures to get coverage but I like to be on the up and up.
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I have a friend who is an insurance agent. She got me a commercial auto policy from Progressive. It's expensive at $950 a year, but it's legit coverage and I didn't have to lie about anything. I got a good quote from GMAC of $43 a month once I convert it, but they wanted me to send pics to underwriting. Once I'm done converting I'll switch over. If anyone in Florida wants to go the same route, you can call Char at Blanchard Insurance (407.788.8640). Tell her Mike sent you because I get a free toaster-oven/CD player combo unit if you do!
I called her up, thanks so much for providing the contact info... Great gal to deal with. She's working up a quote now!
I laughed when she asked my occupation... I haven't worked in two years. I jokingly asked if "bohemian or hippie" counted.
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No Problem Charles. Char is a really great agent and she's not afraid to take on "out of the box" projects like this. She's actually a friend of mine I would always run into around town. Then one day I found out she did insurance and the light bulb went off in my head. If you work with her I'm sure she'll come up with some options. She's one of us "bohemians" at heart
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