Date registered: Dec 2005
Vehicle: w211 E320 wagon 4M / Bluetec / Ford SD. Seeking affordable diesel pushmower
Location: CA Bay Area
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I think I hold the forum (if not more) long-distance purchase record.
Average pickup distance on last 10 cars is somewhere in 2600 miles.
Lot of states require the seller holds the plates, so I drove tens of thousands miles with no plates. Got pulled over only once, when showing bill of sale was sufficient.
Later to avoid the hassle, I would tape copy of BOS on the rear window.
One time I went to local DMV for temporary tags and the 3 hr spend in waiting line did not make my day. Still advisable if the seller can't present clear title.
It is not buyer problem to make sure the procedure is observed. Worse come to worse, if I don't have clear title in CA, the state will give me 2 months tag for the time they investigate.
Have fun driving home. I often kill the time by learning cluster displays without reading the manual. That can take couple of hr.
Also beware that state "trip permits" are valid only in issuing state. Meaning legally you should get one for each state you drive.
Lot of insurance have automatic new car coverage, giving you 10 or more days to report.
So having few days I call them for quote and sometimes I start the coverage, sometimes I take policy number from my other vehicle to present if needed.
One trick on doing it later is that when you drive 2000 miles home and report the vehicle later, you start with higher mileage, what lowers your average for next year.
Last edited by Kajtek1; 08-21-2016 at 09:35 AM.