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1. Posted by telescope01 (Budding Member 3 posts) 23w Star this if you like it!

I am planning on taking my dream trip in 2019, 90 days across America baby, more specifically flying to Miami buying a used car for about $1,500- $3,000 and then driving across to end my trip in LA where i plan to sell said car.

I am trying to work out what i will need to take to receive the Title, Registration, Inspection and Insurance from the DMV, as i only hold a UK drivers licence and will be 19 years old when completing my trip.

Just wondering if anyone has any ideas and suggestions would be much appreciated.

P.S i have a rather large budget for the trip so finance will not be a major issue?

2. Posted by Lugor79 (Full Member 74 posts) 23w Star this if you like it!

Hello,

You are going to run into some legal obstacles with this plan.

1) Purchasing the car won't be a problem, tho I wouldn't trust a $3000 car to make it across the country...
2) The main issue you run into is you need to register the car and get tags (license plates) for the the car. Pretty much all states require you to be a resident of the state to register the car. You can't establish residency with a tourist visa; by definition. In most states you can not keep the old tags (again check Florida), but you would still need to register the tags in your name and get it insured (#4 below..)
3) Most states on car transfer require the car to be inspected again, safety & environmental, I have no idea what Florida requires, you will need to do research. In my experience a $3000 car usually doesn't pass muster, unless you buy from a used car dealer; but they won't be $3000 cars... I recently bought a $7000 car and spend $1000 fixing it...
4) You will also need to get insurance for the car. Which I'm not sure you can do with UK license. My father-in-law recently got a driver's license in the US, and when I tried to add him to my insurance they said his license was too new and would be extremely expensive to add him; no driving history. Luckily my insurance has permissive use.

I think your best bet is to simply rent a car, I would call the major car rental places and ask for a long-term rental, I've seen them as cheap as $500 a month, so $1500 for your 90 days.

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5284 posts) 23w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Lugor79

I think your best bet is to simply rent a car, I would call the major car rental places and ask for a long-term rental, I've seen them as cheap as $500 a month, so $1500 for your 90 days.

The original poster "will be" 19 years old when "completing" the trip (so might even be 18 when starting?)
Renting a car when you're 23 or 24 incurs a very hefty premium on the costs. Renting when you're below 21... there might be rental agencies which offer this, but I don't know any.
Oh, and all this on top of a very hefty one way fee. I doubt this is going to be economically feasible.

4. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1105 posts) 23w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Sander

Oh, and all this on top of a very hefty one way fee. I doubt this is going to be economically feasible.

No worries, Sander. The OPer has 'a rather large budget for the trip' so, even after buying a bargain-basement car, he'll have no problem with insurance. He can probably afford a chauffeur too.

5. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 794 posts) 23w Star this if you like it!

I hope he arranges the car before he gets here because his age is going to be a real problem. Renting at his age is difficult and that is no doubt why he's planning to buy a car. He might want to check this web site with requirements to register a car in Florida. Click here for DMV registration information in Florida It appears that renting is the easier option.

Avoiding Florida might help him because New York and Michigan state law requires agencies to rent to licensed drivers 18 and over. However, they can be subject to surcharges (sometimes over $100/day) and restrictions. If he starts his trip in NY rather than Florida, he might be able to rent a car if he has sufficient money.

An alternative in other states, including Florida is to find a rental agency that accepts 18 or 19-year-olds. Rent-A-Wreck allows 18-year-olds at some locations, Fox rents to 19-year-olds, and Ace says it may be possible depending on the location so he'd need to check ahead of time. I've never used Fox or Ace but have used Rent-A-Wreck in the distant past and had no problems with them.

6. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1159 posts) 23w Star this if you like it!

Sticking with what the OP WANTS (which is to buy a beater and drive it)....

The Beater: I've recently entered my 50s. I have never owned a new car. I've had 12 (technically 13, but I gave that car back) I have never EVER paid over 2400 for a car. I bought my first car, a VW Rabbit, for 89 dollars. I was 18. I have kept a running tally of how much I've spent on buying cars , not counting resale. With this last car, I've just topped 10, 000 dollars. YES YOU CAN BUY A BEATER THAT WILL MAKE A CROSS COUNTRY TRIP. Don't let anybody say you can't. I'm tempted to say you should have an idea of the car you're going to buy before you land, but buying beaters is shifty work. I'd try to haunt some car sites to see if you can find a charitable soul to help you pick out something decent.....unless you're a car guy. I'm NOT a car guy. But I'm halfway decent at reading people.

Buying the car: You need an address. A local address. This means you have to convince someone to use their address. Three sites I've read say that the address is indemnified from what ever travails you get up to, but....ten minutes. Anyway, I'd try to set up this part before you ever get there.

Insurance: Apparently, according to my ten minutes of research, this is possible, with paperwork. And, since you're going to be 19, the insurance will not be cheap. But you say you've got the ching for this, so great. I'd get all of this part way prepared before I ever land.

Don't get a Volkwagen. They have real troubles. I'd get an automatic because you never know how badly the last dude beat the clutch. More electronics mean more hassles. The body has to look halfway decent because if it looks like a jalopy, cops will be more ready to pull you over. Don't mess around. Wear your seatbelt. A Canadian girl got arrested and thrown in the jug recently, solely because she had a legitimate foreign license. She had her car impounded. She was let go with an apology, but still had to pay the impound fee, which was assumed to be the point. Small municipalities need to generate income.

Never EVER pick up Rutger Hauer, no matter how friendly he seems

Good luck

[ Edit: Edited on 06-Jun-2018, at 12:33 by Piecar ]

7. Posted by telescope01 (Budding Member 3 posts) 23w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Beausoleil

I hope he arranges the car before he gets here because his age is going to be a real problem. Renting at his age is difficult and that is no doubt why he's planning to buy a car. He might want to check this web site with requirements to register a car in Florida. Click here for DMV registration information in Florida It appears that renting is the easier option.

Avoiding Florida might help him because New York and Michigan state law requires agencies to rent to licensed drivers 18 and over. However, they can be subject to surcharges (sometimes over $100/day) and restrictions. If he starts his trip in NY rather than Florida, he might be able to rent a car if he has sufficient money.

An alternative in other states, including Florida is to find a rental agency that accepts 18 or 19-year-olds. Rent-A-Wreck allows 18-year-olds at some locations, Fox rents to 19-year-olds, and Ace says it may be possible depending on the location so he'd need to check ahead of time. I've never used Fox or Ace but have used Rent-A-Wreck in the distant past and had no problems with them.

@Beausoleil thanks for the suggestions dude really helpful, much appreciated.

I will definitely look into renting rent-a-wreck looks very promising, only downside is lame cars when renting which is why i wanted to purchase a car with some character.

8. Posted by telescope01 (Budding Member 3 posts) 23w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Piecar

Sticking with what the OP WANTS (which is to buy a beater and drive it)....

The Beater: I've recently entered my 50s. I have never owned a new car. I've had 12 (technically 13, but I gave that car back) I have never EVER paid over 2400 for a car. I bought my first car, a VW Rabbit, for 89 dollars. I was 18. I have kept a running tally of how much I've spent on buying cars , not counting resale. With this last car, I've just topped 10, 000 dollars. YES YOU CAN BUY A BEATER THAT WILL MAKE A CROSS COUNTRY TRIP. Don't let anybody say you can't. I'm tempted to say you should have an idea of the car you're going to buy before you land, but buying beaters is shifty work. I'd try to haunt some car sites to see if you can find a charitable soul to help you pick out something decent.....unless you're a car guy. I'm NOT a car guy. But I'm halfway decent at reading people.

Buying the car: You need an address. A local address. This means you have to convince someone to use their address. Three sites I've read say that the address is indemnified from what ever travails you get up to, but....ten minutes. Anyway, I'd try to set up this part before you ever get there.

Insurance: Apparently, according to my ten minutes of research, this is possible, with paperwork. And, since you're going to be 19, the insurance will not be cheap. But you say you've got the ching for this, so great. I'd get all of this part way prepared before I ever land.

Don't get a Volkwagen. They have real troubles. I'd get an automatic because you never know how badly the last dude beat the clutch. More electronics mean more hassles. The body has to look halfway decent because if it looks like a jalopy, cops will be more ready to pull you over. Don't mess around. Wear your seatbelt. A Canadian girl got arrested and thrown in the jug recently, solely because she had a legitimate foreign license. She had her car impounded. She was let go with an apology, but still had to pay the impound fee, which was assumed to be the point. Small municipalities need to generate income.

Never EVER pick up Rutger Hauer, no matter how friendly he seems

Good luck

YES someone who understands @piecar, i have a little bit of experience with buying used cars in the UK and absolutely love it. I am very interested in possibly a ford crown victoria police interceptor or something along those lines (automatic), would like to know if you have any opinions on what car would be best suited for this roadtrip.

With regards to registering the car I know of somebody who's address i could use in Miami and have heard that as long as you have a fixed residence for the paperwork you can request mail to your hotels, do you know if this is true? I know insurance will be expensive as i am so in-experienced, i pay way to much for my current vehicle at the moment. But thank you for looking into it man big help.

9. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 794 posts) 23w Star this if you like it!

If Rent-A-Wreck cars have nothing else, they do have character . . .

10. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1159 posts) 23w Star this if you like it!

Telescope, my research says that you CAN request mail, as long as you have a fixed residence. My brief research says you can get all this paperwork online.

The Rent - a - Wreck thing might be promising. I have never heard of a place that will rent to a 19 year old, but I've never researched it. I guess I'll give you another ten minutes. I assume that you also have examined, in this case, whether you can start at one place, and end at another, with your rental car. I cannot imagine they won't charge you for driving your Miami rental car back from LA> Anyway. Here I go.

[ Edit: Edited on 06-Jun-2018, at 16:45 by Piecar ]