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Dealer says I cannot have the MCO...really?

Hi, been lurking for a while and finally have a question.
They claim it's to prevent the export of new MB's and that the restriction is put upon them by MB USA. Anybody else run into this? (MCO - Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin.)
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Hi, been lurking for a while and finally have a question.
They claim it's to prevent the export of new MB's and that the restriction is put upon them by MB USA. Anybody else run into this? (MCO - Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin.)
Thanks,
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A MCO allows you to register a vehicle, maybe the dealer wants to register it, or maybe it has a checkered history. It is a cars birth certificate, many dealers make you sign a form that you wont export the vehicle. In my case it said if I export the vehicle before one year, they can claim $10,000 in damages.
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I've never seen a retail buyer receive the MCO. If you want to export the vehicle, all you need do is title it to yourself and do as you please with it. There is really nothing they can do to stop you other than pout.

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When I worked at a dealer we never gave the MCO's to customers. I also never had a customer ask for an MCO. Only time that we did give the MCO to a customer was when he bought a ZR1 for hise dealer. Why do you want one for yourself?

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Ya, I have never known dealers to give out the MCO.
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Thanks all,

I am not exporting the car. I'm in the service and my home state requires servicemen to append the MCO along with out of state insurance affidavit and other pertinent paperwork in order to register the car (brand new) without physically bringing it home from my current duty station, which happens to be clear across the country. This situation obviously does not apply to most people out there, i'm just trying to clarify the dealers stance on this.
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Ya, I have never known dealers to give out the MCO.
I've asked for and recieved the MCO when I bought my last motorcycle.

The reason I wanted the MCO vs having the dealer use it to get a title, is that I wanted to use the MCO to get a street license plate for it. With the MCO in hand, I could get it titled as street legal with DMV. However, if the dealer sent the MCO in the title would have been for off road only and I wouldn't have been able to get a plate for it.

Since I paid cash, dealer had no issue giving me the MCO and making it my responsibility to get it titled if I wanted it. In the case above, the state does NOT require require a title for motorcycles which aren't licensed, so since it was "off road" and didn't need a license, there was not title requirement.

However, I can see why a dealer may not want to go that route, especially if a loan is involved.
Also most states require vehicles to be titled, and if they give you the MCO they have no way of insuring it gets titled.

And if there is a loan, and they give you the MCO, then any lienholder won't be guarnteed they'll end up with there name on the title as lienholder for security.


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Thanks all,

I am not exporting the car. I'm in the service and my home state requires servicemen to append the MCO along with out of state insurance affidavit and other pertinent paperwork in order to register the car (brand new) without physically bringing it home from my current duty station, which happens to be clear across the country. This situation obviously does not apply to most people out there, i'm just trying to clarify the dealers stance on this.
Why not register (or at least title it) it in the state your duty station is in? Most states let servicemembers do that.

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