Can a foreigner buy a car in USA

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71. Posted by jtorjo (Budding Member 17 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

OldPro, many thanks for the explaining all this to me!

Yes, Turo will cover me as a foreign driver. I've already sent them all they asked: they have a few things they require for non US/non Canadian drivers, I have sent them, and they approved me.

Best
John

72. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2056 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

"..... if the accident is not my fault, what should happen then?"

Normally you contact the police and your insurance company. Your insurance company and the other car's insurance company may work things out to everyone's satisfaction.

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"As for going to court, obviously that is not a practical answer for anyone to give you. Ignore any such comments."

A lawyer is a last resort when things go wrong! Where a lawyer may come in handy is when the damage or injuries are so severe that costs are substantial. Insurance companies, my opinion, too often worry more about their own bottom line than you!

You may never need a lawyer but when you do they can save your ass and bank balance!

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What happens to foreign tourists in your country when they are in severe accidents? Just go home?

But see if you can get insurance first!

73. Posted by jtorjo (Budding Member 17 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Quoting karazyal

Normally you contact the police and your insurance company. Your insurance company and the other car's insurance company may work things out to everyone's satisfaction.

Got it.

Quoting karazyal

A lawyer is a last resort when things go wrong! Where a lawyer may come in handy is when the damage or injuries are so severe that costs are substantial. Insurance companies, my opinion, too often worry more about their own bottom line than you!

About lawyer - lets hope it'll certainly not get there. And about insurance companies, I'm sure you're right :D

Quoting karazyal

But see if you can get insurance first!

On Turo, you choose your insurance, as more or less - you pay X$, while Turo takes care of the rest. Once I buy a car, I will certainly get insured - looked at Progressive, and so far so good.

Best,
John

74. Posted by jtorjo (Budding Member 17 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Quoting OldPro

...So it isn't 'insane' as you say to perhaps have to pay something. YOU pay it at home in the cost of the insurance you buy, you just don't get the option to pay less and risk paying a deductible. In other words, what you are used to is LESS choice.

Why it's taking a while for me to wrap my head around this is because: here, we have two types of insurances:
1. the mandatory one (which is rather cheap). Which is basically, if you get into an accident, the one who's at fault - its insurance takes care of the other car. For your car, it's your money, do what ever you want.
2. the optional "Casco" - which is basically, it protects your car. In case of an accident, the insurance will pay the costs of repairing your car, and yes, we also have deductibles (you pay a small portion of the cost).

Best,
John

75. Posted by JackieMac (Budding Member 6 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hi, I came here when trying to find out about buying a car in the US. We managed to buy a new car and a travel trailer. We registered both in Nevada (Las Vegas) and the only issues we had were:

New vehicles - some dealers were not keen, or would not sell us a new car. Fear of exporting it I think. We persuaded them that as we were buying a trailer and had a 6 month visa that it was obvious we were not taking it right back out of the country.

Address - we bought a UPS mailbox which gives a street address and is not obviously a PO box. This served us well and was used for both our American Bank Account (Bank of America) and for purchase and registration of vehicles.

Hope that info helps someone.

Cheers

Jackie

76. Posted by OldPro (Inactive 400 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

The issue is not buying or registering a car jackieMac. The big issue is what about insurance and what does it do to the total cost incurred.

Did you have insurance that specifically insured you as a foreign driver in the USA from an insurer who knew your 'residence' was in another country? Yes or no. If yes, what insurance company was it with and how much did it cost you?

Then, assuming you sold the car and trailer at the end of your stay, how much did you 'lose' on the sale? This cost plus the insurance cost is what determines how much it cost you to buy and use your vehicle and trailer. This then can be compared to how much it would cost to rent vs. buy.

If you lied about your residence to the insurance company and gave them the UPS address, then your insurance was not valid. If that was the case, there is nothing to discuss, you would be driving illegally with no insurance.

You do have something worthwhile to add if you had insurance based on your home residency and can give specific numbers as to what it cost you to do as you did for the period of time that you did. If for example you say, 'all legally insured with a total cost of $10,000 for 6 months use.

But just saying, 'you can buy a car' is of no use to anyone. That isn't in question.

77. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1057 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

The original question:

Quoting PeTeRgO

Hello I will be travelling to Canada in March then flying to Las Vegas with a mate of mine I have a 6 month re-entry Visa into the united states but was wondering if I'm able to buy a car there as I plan on doing a 5-6 month road trip so it is much more practical for me to buy rather then rent. If anyone has prior experience and knows the process that would be well appreciated.
Regards
Peter

So thank you JackieMac, you have answered the original question perfectly - yes you can!

The original question has morphed somewhat over the three years it's been here and this has recently been turned into a thread about comparing hiring a car in the US with buying a car. Some might say the thread has been hijacked, others would say that it's developing a life of its own.

If you could add the information about insuring your vehicle, whether you then had to claim and was the insurance deemed legitimate given the USB mailbox address you used, that would certainly help further. :)

78. Posted by OldPro (Inactive 400 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Borisborough, I would argue that the question as asked was answered but the question as it should have been asked was not.

The OP wrote as you quote, "was wondering if I'm able to buy a car there as I plan on doing a 5-6 month road trip so it is much more practical for me to buy rather then rent."

But the assumption in that is that it is in fact more 'practical' to buy rather than rent for the OP. The only way to know if it is however is to compare the two, not assume which would be better. Since the OP obviously cannot know what buying will ultimately cost, s/he must be 'assuming' it is cheaper. If s/he he had known what it would cost, there would be no reason to have posted the original question. S/he would have had to know the process and costs involved already. See what I am saying?

Often people post questions for which there is a seemingly simple answer to a simple question. 'Can I buy a car' is a simple question and the answer is a simple 'yes'. Whether it would make sense to do so however is a different question and may have a different answer. In this case, that is the question that really needs answered, not 'can I buy'.

79. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1057 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Quoting OldPro

Borisborough, I would argue that the question as asked was answered but the question as it should have been asked was not.

If you want to argue, go ahead although I don't think this is a forum for arguments.

Nor would I personally berate a member who has correctly answered a posed question based on their experience rather than answering a question that I think should have been asked instead. But again, if that's what you want to continue to do, go ahead.

[ Edit: Edited on 29-Jan-2017, at 14:06 by Borisborough ]

80. Posted by OldPro (Inactive 400 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for your permission Borisborough although I don't really need it do I.

OK, lets get serious here. The word 'argue' does have negative connotations in most people's minds these days. However, it can also refer to presenting arguments in a debate. One side argues in favour of and the other side argues against whatever the point of debate is about.

A forum is by definition a place to debate. So if this is not a forum for 'arguments' what is it? It would not be a forum at all in that case. So I am 'arguing' that the question as asked was not the question that should have been asked. If you wish to take the opposing side in a debate on that point, then you will need to argue that the question as asked was the question that should have been asked.

You cannot answer my argument that it was not the question that should have been asked by responding that the question as asked was answered correctly. Or at least you couldn't in any debating forum and expect to get any votes on your side as having 'won' the debate under any rules of debate I have ever heard of.