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Old April 8th, 2012, 09:24 PM   #1
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Default Buying truck out if state. Do I need a temp permit?

I know in Michigan I don't need a plate or permit to drive it home. I Have a one way plane ticket to Charlotte nc on tues morning. Can I safely drive home to Michigan? Private sale and seller offered to leave the plate on for me and I can simply cut it up when I get home. That sounds more illegal than driving without plates.
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Old April 8th, 2012, 09:29 PM   #2
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No expert, but did that with a jeep we bought, he needed a couple days to transfer title. We left it in his name and he left his ins on it, but we added our ins to it to be safe. figured it was like he was loaning it to us, if you dont have it titled in your name i dont see any issue using their plate.
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Old April 8th, 2012, 09:31 PM   #3
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He has a clean title and is signing it over to me after I give him a bank check.
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Old April 8th, 2012, 09:34 PM   #4
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This has been discussed before on here.

http://www.greatlakes4x4.com/showthr...m+out+of+state
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Old April 8th, 2012, 09:36 PM   #5
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well it will only be on paper, if they run the plate it will still be registered to him until you get it home and transfer it at the sos.
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I would call each state licensing dept that you will be driving through to be positive
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Old April 8th, 2012, 09:40 PM   #7
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This has been discussed before on here.

http://www.greatlakes4x4.com/showthr...m+out+of+state
Hmmm. Looks like I need to get a temp plate in nc. Hopefully I won't have to pay taxes there.
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1) obtain ticket to NC

2) get on plane and fly to NC (don't forget check)

3) arrive at sellers house

4) give seller check and recieve title

5) place title in zip lock bag, roll up, and insert into anus.

6) leave seller's plate on and drive home.

7) don't drive like a dickhead through Ohio.

8) arrive home and remove title from anus.


1,2,3,4,6 & 7 are the only ones I would probably do.

I towed my truck home on a trailer that I bought out of state.

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Old April 8th, 2012, 09:51 PM   #9
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NC, he will need the plate back to turn in, he is taxed on the plate. You should have got a hold of me, I'm 30 minutes away from the airport. What town or where is he located ?
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1) obtain ticket to NC

2) get on plane and fly to NC (don't forget check)

3) arrive at sellers house

4) give seller check and recieve title

5) place title in zip lock bag, roll up, and insert into anus.

6) leave seller's plate on and drive home.

7) don't drive like a dickhead through Ohio.

8) arrive home and remove title from anus.


1,2,3,6 & 7 are the only ones I would probably do.

I towed my truck home on a trailer that I bought out of state.
I think if you didn't do #4, then you wouldn't get what you are hoping to buy I would imagine. Maybe show guy step 5 and get out of step 4?
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Old April 8th, 2012, 09:58 PM   #11
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You will need a dune flag.
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I think if you didn't do #4, then you wouldn't get what you are hoping to buy I would imagine. Maybe show guy step 5 and get out of step 4?
oops forgot 4
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You will need a dune flag.
I second the dune flag. Also, LED license plate lights are a must.
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Take your own plate with you........
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I have flown to florida twice now and drove home trucks from there with the sellers Flordia plate on them both. I was never stopped, but I did have insurance on both trucks in my name FWIW, and I never had an issue. Probably not the correct way to do it, but it worked fine for me.
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Drive it like you stole it. Keep sellers plate, but only to do lawn jobs. Return home satisfied.
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Thanks for the help guys. BDR, he told me he needed the plate back too, I told him I'd mail it back next day fedex. He's cool with that.
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I know in Michigan I don't need a plate or permit to drive it home. I Have a one way plane ticket to Charlotte nc on tues morning. Can I safely drive home to Michigan? Private sale and seller offered to leave the plate on for me and I can simply cut it up when I get home. That sounds more illegal than driving without plates.
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Thanks for the help guys. BDR, he told me he needed the plate back too, I told him I'd mail it back next day fedex. He's cool with that.
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More illegal? Maybe, but to be safe, fedex your signed title home to your house. Use his registration, insurance, and plate to get home. Obviously be smart and carry your own insurance. As long as he doesn't report it stolen it will appear no different then me letting you borrow my truck to any officer pulling you over.

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Do you need a ride from the airport? Did he tell you what part of town he lives in?
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Having this issue now. I am buying a truck from Maryland this weekend. Neither Michigan or Maryland issue temp tags. I will be driving thru Maryland, Penn and Ohio. Penn said they will not issues a temp tag for me and the truck WILL be impounded if I drive it without a plate.

Trying to see if seller will leave plates on for me now to drive it home and mail them back to him on Monday.
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