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How To Transport An Unregistered Car – Can I Drive My Car To Its Destination?
How To Transport An Unregistered Car – Can I Drive My Car To Its Destination?

If you have purchased a car and it’s not registered, or you’re moving and need to move a car that has not been used for a while and has an expired registration, you may be wondering what your options are for moving it. Is it possible to drive an unregistered car to transport it? Is driving the vehicle yourself a good idea? Find out now.

Can I Drive An Unregistered Car To Transport It?

This depends on your state. Some states allow you to get temporary permits and registration to drive your car until your vehicle can be properly registered. In Arizona, for example, you can get a 3-day permit to drive an unregistered car after a private sale. But some states do not have systems in place to allow this.

As long as your state allows you to drive an unregistered car with a special permit, you can take advantage of this and drive it within the state. If you buy a car from someone located in another city in your state, for example, you can fly to the location of the car, get the permit you need, and drive it to your home city.

However, this makes less sense if your vehicle must be transported across state lines. You may run into difficulties with police if you’re pulled over, and you may not be able to get temporary registration if you’re picking up a car in a state that you don’t live in.

For this reason, we don’t recommend driving an unregistered car to transport it unless it’s a short journey, you’re staying within your home state, and you can easily get the proper permits required to do so. 

What’s The Best Way To Transport An Unregistered Car?

Instead of driving the car yourself, you should hire a car transportation company to pick it up and deliver it to you. Cars do not need to be registered, licensed, or even insured to be transported by a car shipping company – they’re treated like any other cargo. This is definitely the best way to transport an unregistered car. 

Once you receive your vehicle, you can take its information to the local BMV/DMV or other agency responsible for vehicle registration in your area. As long as you have the required paperwork, it will be simple to register it, and you can start driving it right away.

Not only is transporting an unregistered car with a car shipping company simpler, but it’s also much more convenient since you will not have to drive the car yourself. This is particularly advantageous if you’re buying a car that’s located in a state far away from your own. 

Why Would I Need To Transport An Unregistered Car?

There are a few reasons. The most common is that you’ve bought a car from a private seller in a different state, and need to get it to your home state to register it with your own motor vehicle registration agency. Or, you may have sold a car and you might be shipping it to the buyer as part of your sales agreement. 

In some cases, you may even have one or more vehicles that are not registered properly. For example, if you collect and work on cars, you may need to have them shipped to a new home or garage if you move between states. Even if these cars are operable, they should not be driven if they are not properly registered, or cannot meet inspection requirements in the state to which you’re moving. 

Let Us Help You Move Your Unregistered Vehicle – Contact A-1 Auto Transport 

Shipping and moving an unregistered car is quick, simple, and easy with A-1 Auto Transport and our wide network of shipping partners. We can help you transport just about any vehicle, including an unregistered car. Contact us online or give us a call now at (800) 452-2880 to get a quote for shipping your unregistered vehicle anywhere in the United States.          


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After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

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