FYI We readers need the lengthy version of the story in order to assess the issue(if any)
"the plates were expired since jul/17 (I bought the car on nov/17)." NORMAL, no problem... not an issue>>Car legally could be driven on public roads until jul17 then NO MORE.until more insurance was bought for...
Best answer: FYI We readers need the lengthy version of the story in order to assess the issue(if any)
"the plates were expired since jul/17 (I bought the car on nov/17)." NORMAL, no problem... not an issue>>Car legally could be driven on public roads until jul17 then NO MORE.until more insurance was bought for it again. It HAS to be parked in the YARD.(parking on the street is the public road)
"So he told me that the only thing I should do next was take myself (get a ride, transit or walk) to the DMV and register the vehicle under my name and to tell the administrative to fill all the paperwork for me"
HE TOLD THE TRUTH. Just hand them the paperwork and they will thin it out for you & tell you what to do and where to go NEXT.
. You are best to act "DUMB LIKE SHEEP" and let them do the processing for you. It is their world of knowledge....you give them all the paperwork and they will hand you back the paperwork you need to have and they "TRASH THE REST". Do have money because you got to buy new license plates for YOU (@$25) Also as they will be doing the transfer papers, they will ask what was the purchase price(because they tax you on that value in some states) if the sold price is not put on the form. Sometimes the seller will let the buyer put in that number himself (which is fine.) You pay DMV the tax money. Most of my cars are valued at $300.00 or so, so tax is small amount. >IMO Government gets enough money in gas taxes<so I keep the price low, especially on a USED CAR bought at Auction.(it really can not have THAT much value to it...meaning repairs are needed...so car is worth less than a good car with nothing wrong with it...FACE IT, you will HAVE PROBLEMS SOON, so the value is LOW. Totally legal.
. The car does not ALWAYS HAVE TO BE INSURED OR DRIVEN ON THE ROAD. You ARE ALLOWED TO PARK IT...and NOT DRIVE IT. Once insurance period expires, you SHOULD NOT DRIVE IT because if you get into an accident, the fault WILL BE YOURS. No insurance= a world of BUTT HURT. Many people cannot insure a car for a full year because it costs BIG $$. Or they don't drive it in the winter, or when they are not working, or for other reasons...such as going on a YEAR LONG HOLIDAY so they cash in the plates and the insurance to get some money back...mailed to them for the months remaining on their insurance. Or they got nailed with a DUI and their license was suspended for a year or longer...so take off the driving insurance and put on storage insurance onto the car(100 bucks instead of $1000) so getting that cash back in the mail is their money that is not used as the car is PARKED in the yard...up on blocks.
. When they CAN drive again, they reinsure the vehicle and replate it and they are good to go.
You don't need a lawyer or GOD to help you here. Just do what the seller said and have a wad of cash to insure the car. They can insure the car for a 6 month period or even less...if you cannot afford the full year of insurance. But you ALWAYS SHOULD HAVE INSURANCE ON THE CAR when driving it on the road, or when parked on the street in front of your house as the road is COP PATROLLED & THEY CALL THE TOW TRUCK guys.
This is NORMAL PROCEDURE...Well, very common. You know that the original owner is the car manufacturer.(FORD,CHEV,DODGE,etc and you have the VIN)
You are good. It is not a BIG DEAL like you make it out to be.
I have bought and sold some 40 vehicles so have experienced this paperwork shuffle.
LET THEM DO IT.
I am not going to apologize for the long reply.
They at DMV see this paper work muddle all the time every day 365.
They will DICTATE EVERYTHING YOU MUST DO TO APPEASE THEM, as you GOT to make them happy.
We are Cool, right?
40+ yr mechanic/car owner/driver