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Old 02-28-2013, 02:13 PM   #1
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Question regarding transporting vehicle.

I'm looking at picking up an E46 m3 within the next month. I've been looking at a few out of state cars. My question: would I be screwed just insuring the car and picking it up with no plates? I don't want to fly out somewhere to pay and sign a bill of sale and then come home to register it. I know the 2 previous buyers of my cars drove the cars back home with plates from another car and no insurance. I would definitely get insurance beforehand.
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:05 PM   #2
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I'm looking at picking up an E46 m3 within the next month. I've been looking at a few out of state cars. My question: would I be screwed just insuring the car and picking it up with no plates? I don't want to fly out somewhere to pay and sign a bill of sale and then come home to register it. I know the 2 previous buyers of my cars drove the cars back home with plates from another car and no insurance. I would definitely get insurance beforehand.
I absolutely hate people who drive without insurance. If one is ever in an accident, especially with major body injury to self or others, that will mean not insurance to pay for damages to others (and self). Major inconsideration, disregard for others, and illegal.
Yes--you need to have insurance and look into getting in-transit plates to take with you. OR perhaps with the bill of sale, just get your regular plates and take them.
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Old 02-28-2013, 05:48 PM   #3
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I'm looking at picking up an E46 m3 within the next month. I've been looking at a few out of state cars. My question: would I be screwed just insuring the car and picking it up with no plates? I don't want to fly out somewhere to pay and sign a bill of sale and then come home to register it. I know the 2 previous buyers of my cars drove the cars back home with plates from another car and no insurance. I would definitely get insurance beforehand.
Your previous buyers may have been willing to take a risk for convenience. In many--if not all--states, it is illegal to operate an unregistered car on public roads. If you are pulled over, the car could be impounded, making for a very long walk home.

Most insurance policies cover another vehicle for a period of time, say 15 or 30 days. But it is unlikely that insurance would cover claims arising from operating an unregistered vehicle. Check with your carrier.

Many states do not allow allow tags to transfer to a new vehicle. Those that do generally require paper work to do so. The easiest thing to do is to pick up temporary or transit tags from the state where the vehicle will be registered. It is typically inexpensive and generally not difficult.
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Old 03-01-2013, 04:19 PM   #4
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Call or visit your local DMV. They may be able to grant you temporary transport tags to get it to your state.
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Old 03-01-2013, 06:11 PM   #5
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Call or visit your local DMV. They may be able to grant you temporary transport tags to get it to your state.
+1 on the DMV.

Also, just call your insurance agent and see what they think you need to do. My insurance, AAA, gives me 30 days to insure a new car in my fleet. I have insurance, and buy a new car. The new car is insured for a few days automatically. I suggest your insurance company will provide the same courtesy coverage.

Your agent should also know what sort of registration issues you will have if you buy a car out of state and want to drive it home.

Another option is, have the car shipped. My kid moved to Texas from So. Calif. She found a shipper that came to the house and picked up her car and delivered it to Houston for $600. The guy came around with a carhauler and loaded up the car. It took 4 or 5 days for it to make it to Texas. No muss, no fuss.
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