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I didn't say fake plate. I'm talking paper plates, the one that has a dealer's name printed on it.

That + BOS on the windshield = free to go.

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I didn't say fake plate. I'm talking paper plates, the one that has a dealer's name printed on it.

That + BOS on the windshield = free to go.
As I mentioned in my post, a 30 day tag can be purchased online from the state of Texas for $25 and valid insurance. You're then fully legal.

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As I mentioned in my post, a 30 day tag can be purchased online from the state of Texas for $25 and valid insurance. You're then fully legal.
Yes, but OP says he lives in NC...North Carolina, if I'm not mistaken.

What about all the states inbetween Texas and North Carolina?

Are you saying that he should stop at each state, buy a temp tag, then go on to the next one?
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What about all the states inbetween Texas and North Carolina?

Are you saying that he should stop at each state, buy a temp tag, then go on to the next one?
They do say at the tax office that they can not guarantee that each state recognize them. However, as long as you have the paperwork (title, bill of sale and insurance) in order, chances are there will be no issues, even if you are stopped by law enforcement.

The only time I've been stopped in other states was in Louisiana (as I mentioned above) and the state trooper said that he just wanted to make sure things were kosher since he saw my paper plates. Wasn't speeding excessively, or anything. He checked my paperwork and after a few somewhat tense moments I was good to go.

Reason for the tense moments was that I had accidentally put MY NAME as the seller. He called in his supervisor and after talking with him, they came to the conclusion that I was an idiot and let me go.

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Are you saying that he should stop at each state, buy a temp tag, then go on to the next one?
That's the law.
If you really want to do it, it is not as hard as it sounds. Most of the states do have Highway Patrol check stations, or scales close to the state line and that is when you can get next permit.
Commercial carriers have to do it all the time when they actually drive the vehicle.
That is why carrying them on trailers is way more popular.

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I would think if there is a plate on the car, even a paper plate, it will be much likely you will be stopped as oppose to not having anything. It just eliminates some of the hassle. In the event the OP is stopped, he will have the paperwork but I will expect he will have no issues unless there is some sort of traffic violation or the like.
BTW, if you are not confident in the person you are purchasing from and have not done a ppi, traveling to pick up the car is a great idea if you have the time.

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The owner seems cool. Just busy. However I am now leaning towards having the car transported to me, given an inspection by an independent mechanic doesn't turn up anything screwy.

So then the issue is how to actually purchase it safely from long distance, get the title in my hands, etc.
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You can run the purchase by ebay, what will cost seller about 50 bucks.
Ebay is giving some guarantees. Not much enforceable.
I would never do that with multi-thousand dollars purchase.
Quality transport runs about $1000.
If taking coupe days off from work is not big issue, $1000 can pay for nice mini-vacation in your new Mercedes.

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The owner seems cool. Just busy. However I am now leaning towards having the car transported to me, given an inspection by an independent mechanic doesn't turn up anything screwy.

So then the issue is how to actually purchase it safely from long distance, get the title in my hands, etc.

The process is not without risk so be careful. This is the way I have done it (assuming there is no lien against the vehicle).

Wire transfer to seller (or cashier check etc.)
Seller sends signed title. I prefer next day.
Insure the vehicle
Contact transport. I use 4corners. Probably best to speak to them on pricing etc before getting the process going. They will not transport without the title in your name but you should verify this.
Vehicle arrives at your door.
Register vehicle in your state

Once again, be careful. There is no guarantee the seller will send you the vehicle after receiving the funds. I have bought and sold several vehicles this way and so far had no issues but it is risky. (If you ever sell a car in this manner have your bank set up a secondary account that is not linked to your main account)

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The owner seems cool. Just busy. However I am now leaning towards having the car transported to me, given an inspection by an independent mechanic doesn't turn up anything screwy.

So then the issue is how to actually purchase it safely from long distance, get the title in my hands, etc.
Out of curiosity, what is so unique and amazing about this vehicle that you've been unable to find anything similar closer to home?

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