(Closed) Buying a car from a private seller

posted 5 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
339 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Why can’t you just register your car in PA? Your plates will stay on your car when you move, and the car is indeed registered. When you go to renew registration, you can keep it in PA if you want or you could re-register it in VT, but I see no reason you have to register it in vermont just because you are moving there. Moving definitely doesn’t require you to re-register your car. You have to re-register it wherever you’re a resident (not wherever you’re living…wherever your driver’s license is from) when it expires, though.

Having bought all of our cars from private parties, every state has a different law about when you have to re-register. You cannot register a car in another state unless you are a resident of that state. You actually don’t have 30 days in every state, it depends on where you are, so you should look into that for PA. But I’d just register it in PA. I think there may be problems trying to register it in VT if you have a PA driver’s license.

Post # 4
5407 posts
Bee Keeper

@mirabell35:  You cannot drive a car legally in some states without registering it there (ie California–you must (legally) register your car within 2 weeks of moving there. This doesn’t always actually happen though, but you can get fined if you don’t). 

OP, I’m not familiar with the laws of either PA or CT, but I would recommend checking online (the DOT or DMV should have info) or even going to the courthouse or wherever you register vehicles and asking someone. Depending on the laws in both states, you may be able to have temporary plates. 

Post # 6
5407 posts
Bee Keeper

@love108:  Yeah I looked around online and couldn’t find anything that applied really so I think your best bet is to talk to someone at the DMV in both states. They might have some kind of temporary registration. Or, you may be able to just not register it in PA and wait to drive it until you move. 

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