Here's my situation: I'm from PA and will be driving to VA this weekend to possibly buy a car from a private seller. Insurance is taken care of, but the cars registration is currently expired. How can I drive the car home? I have talked to so many Tag/title companies and insurance companies and no one can answer my question.
I want to take care of everything this weekend in one day and drive it home. If anyone can tell me for sure that there is some sort of grace period that allows me to drive the vehicle home with just a signed title, bill of sale and insurance that'd be great. Or at least tell me what I need to do. I don't want to make the drive twice if I don't absolutely have to.
Thanks in advance for any help!
P.S. In case anyone is wondering, I'm buying a 1987 300zx turbo
If you bought the car and have a signed bill of sale thats normally enough. I would call your DMV and ask them directly what you should do to get the car home so you can register it with them. Make sure to tell them its a out of state car.
I'm sure this depends entirely on the states you're going through, but here's what happened to me:
A friend sold me his old Explorer, last registered in IL, we were both living in MA at the time. Plate had expired, car sat around awhile. I ended up having to move back to IL from MA. Figured with a title and fresh bill of sale in hand I could explain my way out of any stops to question it. I made it about 2 miles. Got stopped and my *** chewed out by a state trooper (who didn't have any response to the "Well what should I have done instead?" question), had my car towed (with all of my possessions inside), and was dropped at the next rest stop.
So I really have nothing to offer as far as help, but I would not recommend driving with no plate whatsoever - thinking back I'm thankful I didn't make it far at all, and wonder what would have happened if I was in the middle of New York or Ohio and had the same thing happen hundreds of miles from anyone I knew.
Wow that blows codeclarified, thanks for the story definitely. Now I guess I know that option out the window.
I though the people at AAA would be helpful, but they acted like I was from a different planet. They had zero suggestions and seemed to have never encountered this situation before which seems unlikely. The DMV told me to talk to my insurance agent and my insurance agent told me there is nothing she can do about it lol
Depends on the state. I know here in NC, if you have the title, bill of sale and proof of insurance they'll let you go. They may give you some grief, but that's about it. And even if they cite you for bad tags, you can just take the new registration to the DA and they'll dismiss it.
Honestly, if you have the title in hand with a bill of sale and proof of insurance, you'll likely be let go without issue.