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32. Posted by BarrettM (Budding Member 2 posts) 3y

Hi Guys,

Some great information has been provided here.

I am looking at driving around america early 2014 from March-June coming from Australia

I am planning on buying a used car with 2 mates (22) from California most likely or would you recommend picking up a car in Vegas if it is easier to register etc. I do have a cousin in LA i which i can register the vehicle to that address if that is a positive??

any information that could be provided in regards to the purchasing of the car, Insurance, Drivers license etc would be greatly appreciated,


33. Posted by shazzam66 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3y


Hey man, looking at doing something similar to what you did.

Me and one mate will be going over to the USA in August 2014 and leaving roughly mid September. Starting in LA and heading across the Miami then up to New York.

Is there anyone on here that is from LA or at least in the state and would be able to help us out getting a car and registered etc?

Sort of want to have it partly done before we get there.

Cheers in advance.:)

[ Edit: Edited on 10-Feb-2013, at 23:43 by shazzam66 ]

34. Posted by Scissorspaper (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3y

Fantastic thread Surfrun, and thank you TomrOb. I am travelling to the US in April/May and am strongly considering buying a car in LA and selling it in New York at the end of the road trip. All my friends are concerned about the possibility of problems and disaster, but really why travel at all, if your a worry wart?

Can I just clarify that you registered a car in Illinois, under your own name (as a non-resident) using the adress of a friend(hostel). I was under the impression that you had to be a resident of the state where the vehicle is to be registered. At the registry office, did they not ask you for ID confirming the adress provided was actually your own?

If it is the case that it is possible to register a car in California without proving residence, my consideration whether to buy or rent suddenly becomes a lot easier.

35. Posted by tomr0b (Budding Member 12 posts) 3y

We where surprised but the lack of evidence you had to provide, things may crop up but nothing you can't sort out i.e. getting the title through. Just don't rush it too much. It's doable, that's the important bit, was stressful at times but worth it. Good luck.


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