That had me scratching my head. My wife’s 2012 Honda Accord is leased. And typically when you lease a car, you automatically get a registration that runs for four years.
On Monday, I called the people at Honda. They informed me that the dealer had installed the plates from my prior three-year Accord lease, so I could take advantage of the fourth year of registration. That was nice. But when the registration ran out, the state was supposed to send Honda a renewal application. The people at Honda told me they never received it.
I believed them, and for a simple reason: If there is a mistake to be made, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission will make it. I found that out when I went to renew the registration in person. The nice lady behind the counter informed me that I couldn’t renew because I had surrendered my plates.
That again had me scratching my head. If I had turned in my plates, then just why the heck would I be ready to write her a check for $59 to renew a registration that I couldn’t use?
I asked the lady to check the computer and remedy the error. That was impossible, she said. She handed me two sheets of paper and told me to come back with a pencil-tracing of my plates.