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    Default Buying a Car (can you drive it immediately?)

    Guys, a question. I moved here from Massachusetts, and in MA, if you buy a car from a private party, you are allowed to drive the car for 1 week while it is unregistered as long as you have a bill of sale (1 week from the date of the bill of sale this privledge ends).

    What is the deal with North Carolina? I just bought a car (IS300) and was curious to know what the laws were here about it. I spent hours searching online, but found nothing.

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    Unless you have a temporary tag from a dealer you can't drive it. You'll get pulled over for not having tags really quick around here. You have to go down to DMV and get plates.
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    Yeah, I agree with zeroroot.

    And also, good choice with the IS300!
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    No dice
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    Ok, I found out the answer to my own question.

    Just called the DMV.

    If you have another car which you are transferring plates from, you have 20 days from the bill of sale to drive the car using the old car's plates you would be transferring to the new car.

    Luckily, I have another car i'll be swapping plates from. If you ever get pulled over, the Bill of Sale is what you would need to furnish to prove this.

    Thanks for those that answered

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blizzz View Post
    Ok, I found out the answer to my own question.

    Just called the DMV.

    If you have another car which you are transferring plates from, you have 20 days from the bill of sale to drive the car using the old car's plates you would be transferring to the new car.

    Luckily, I have another car i'll be swapping plates from. If you ever get pulled over, the Bill of Sale is what you would need to furnish to prove this.

    Thanks for those that answered
    Ahhh that's why, I never was transferring plates... The last car I bought private party I was trying to get temp tags to transport it back with, neither NC or FL had answers.
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    glad u found the answer and congrats with the buy!
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    no u can when my mom bought here civic, we drive it straight home (hour and half away with no tag or anyhting on it, just a bill of sale, and we had 2 cops get behind use and didnt get pulled over, and if u have a bill of sale u should be ok, if u are just driveing it home and not cruiseing around in it
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    I also transferred tags thats how I was able to drive around my car.
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