Originally Posted by afoster
Anyone know if I can drive my 1970 Mercedes 280SE 3.5 with Cayman Islands license plates (tags) temporarily in the USA? I bought the car 4 years ago in the USA and shipped it to the Cayman Islands where I am based (although I do have a US address as well) and licensed the car in Cayman. It was badly damaged in Hurricane Ivan and I shipped the car to a classic Mercedes restorer in Concord , New Hampshire. In late April I would like to drive the car from Concord to Tampa , Florida myself (it will be shipped from Tampa back to Cayman). Anyone know if I can drive the car for a week or 10 days with the Cayman plates for that trip? I think it would be the same situation for a car with UK plates as Cayman is a UK territory. Any ideas would be much appreciated. Thanks. Angus
Any state trooper having a bad day who stopped your classic car could be maybe thinking, rich guy in an expensive Mercedes with plates from the Caymans, a haven for tax evaders/avoiders might decide to have some real fun with this, depending on how the exchange went down. Driver's license, proof of insurance and registration, sir? Then the fun starts. You'd better be ready for some pointed questions. I thought Police here only need probable cause to stop, and told them so on a net forum. Boy was I wrong. They said all they need is a "reasonable suspicion". A meanie could say Cayman Islands plates is a reasonable suspicion or a red flag of tax evasion so you had better have some real good answers handy. How long has the car been in the USA, is it going to be replated in the USA, is that in process, if not why not, where do you declare your residence, (just who is this guy anyway?) who knows, the trooper might even call the watch commander for help in his "investigation" while..you wait...and wait...and wait...?
What would YOU do if you were the cop who bagged this car?
NOT trying to be nasty, but cops can be a trap for the unwary and I was just wondering. I hope you have every base covered with the DMV, Dept of State and every agency that might have an interest, before you hit the road in that car.
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say, "It is LOT easier to talk your way INTO a ticket than OUT of one". Actually that forum might be an interesting place to pose the question.....
I'm just saying you need to have all your ducks in a row before you attempt this.
DMV, IRS, Immigration, Insurance, DOT/EPA every possible agency that could take an unfriendly interest....
Welcome to this forum, it is full of good information. This is a very interesting question, I am sorry I don't have the answer. Maybe someone else here might have positive suggestions and advice.