used car purchases-do i need insurance and plates to drive it home?

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i am in the process of buying a used car and am wondering how do i go about driving it home from a few miles away when it doesn’t have plates or insurance. do i need to get these things before i buy the car or is it ok to drive it home or do i buy the car and leave it there until i can get the proper things for it to be legal?

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    SummerSea
    July 1, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Absolutely!! It is illegal to drive without proper registration and insurance. You could end up with a suspended license in some states and then you won’t be able to drive at all.

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    David W.
    July 1, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    The dealer should give you a temporary plate until you can get to the DMV, but don’t drive anywhere without insurance. Get the VIN from the dealer beforehand and line up insurance first. Then you can use that to register the car and get plates.

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    Girls T
    July 1, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    The dealer should be able to provide you with the title and registration should be in effect for a little while after the purchase (minimum) and normally you have to purchase insurance on the spot. If its a small local business they may allow you to leave the lot with liability insurance (depending on the year of the car) or nothing at all. If I were you? If I had money I’d go to esurance.com and purchase some sort of insurance. As for the title? If you pay in full it should be transferred on the spot or you and the dealer go get it transferred together…if it’s a small co. If you’ve taken out a loan than it goes in their name and stays there until you pay it off (just paid my 06 Nissan Sentra off..YAY!). The dealer will give you the proper papers. If not? IT’s NOT LEGIT! I’m not going to even give you my advice on what to do in the case of “none of the above” but I totally got a solution for that 😉

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    Mick
    July 1, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    homeinsurance.awardspace.us – try this one. Got my home insurance from them. As I know they provide such a service.

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