4 years ago
ElphinMorphistic
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Not exactly a tech question, I know. I want to accept a gift car from my Dad, since he wants to unload it soon, but I don`t want to pay insurance on it. I`d like to "store" it, parked on the street in front of my house. Or possibly in my garage, if absolutely necessary.
Is it legal to accept title for the car, and not insure it and not register it ? What about inspection sticker being out of date and car being parked in front of my house?
I really don`t need the car right now, but it is a nice car, and would be a shame to see him sell it for just about nothing, since it is an 81 Olds 98 with 173,000 miles. (But LOTS of new parts, unfortunately, and a new paint job) . I want to keep it around until my daily beater dies, which may possibly never happen, then use the Olds as my daily beater.

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4 years ago
ItMightBeDave
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In North Carolina you are not allowed to park an licensed car on the street. You can`t get a license plate without insurance, so you can`t park an uninsured car on the street. You can park it on private property...at least for now. Some area in NC want to make it illegal to store unlicensed car on home sites. The laws differ from State to State, but I would assume that the majority require a license plate to park a car on the public right of way.

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4 years ago
ItMightBeDave
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I meant to say : "In North Carolina you are not allowed to park an licensed car on the street."

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4 years ago
azn_angel_96
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Lol....oh, that`s _much_ clearer...

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4 years ago
dotfile
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Laws may vary from place to place and you would have to contact the state agency for registrations in your area and / or a lawyer to be sure.
In general
You don`t have to insure it unless you drive it or want protection from third party damage.
You should transfer the title, but you don`t have to get plates in many places unless you want to drive it. You may have to explain later that the car was sitting up and not being driven. protective tarp over it so the sticker won` t be obvious. Start it and move it noticeably from time to time. Otherwise, keep it in your garage.

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4 years ago
guru4u
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illegal to have more than one unliscensed car on private property, and unless you`re a dealer, it`s illegal to have any unliscensed car on public property.
On the other hand, there`s currently a Chevelle and a Grand Prix in the garage, and a GTO and a Skyhawk sitting in the yard. None have any plates. We`ve never been bothered once.
It`s not something police really care about, as long as it`s not bothering anyone. We keep the cars out of sight and covered (save for the POS parts car Skyhawk). Unlike a speeding ticket, they don`t get any perks for writing a citation for something like that.
As long as you try and keep it relatively out of sight (_don`t_ park it in the street), they probably won`t care. Unless you have one of the dreaded Nazi sidewalk inspectors. They have `em in a neighboring suburb. Little **** threatened to cite my 85 year-old grandmother if we didn`t move the 442 sitting in her drive and fix several cracked and/or unlevel blocks of sidewalk in front of her house in a week. Keep it in the garage if that`s the case.
If not, don`t worry. The cops have much better ways to spend their time.

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4 years ago
gaffe77
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Say you have 10acres piece of land. Is it illegal to have one unlicensed vehicle for driving within the property and another unlicensed car in shack thats being worked on?

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4 years ago
cgwaldman
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In California, it is illegal to have an unlicensed (or expired) vehicle on a public highway (which is basically anything you or someone you know, and are using with their permission, do not own). So, if you park your expired-tag vehicle on the street, you get a $300 parking ticket that you have to pay, or they`ll usually end up towing it after 2 or 3 of these tickets (they can tow it immediately, but usually give you at least 1 chance). If you`re driving your expired-tag car, they`ll usually impound the car, and the impound cost are in addition to any unpaid registration fees, and issue you a misdemeanor ticket, or arrest you. You can have one on private property unregistered, as long as it isnt a nuisance, i.e., homeless people living in it, a house of ill repute, etc. as for the private use on private land, as long as you don`t take it on a public roadway, you`re OK. same for being in a shed or garage, unless, of course, your garage is a chop-shop! California DMV offers a "certificate of non-operational vehicle" registration, which will keep your registration "current" as opposed to not paying it at all, and that is only $10 a year. They don`t send you stickers or allow it on a public road, but its cheaper than the late fees for not paying registration. Also, registered or not, if you are parked in the same spot (on a public road) for 72 consecutive hours, you can get a ticket. If a couple days later, you`re still not moved, you`re towed as an abandoned vehicle. chuck

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4 years ago
java
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Depends on local laws. Here, there`s a city bylaw that says that any car parked on a public street has to have valid plates.

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4 years ago
hessers
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Try a car cover. They might think it is a really nice new or classic and not check it. Tie it on tight with the straps so the plate can`t be seen.

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4 years ago
DMB
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I think you`ll be alright. The problem occurs when a neighbor complains. You don`t want to leave it there too long though. If they start paving around it you know it`s been there too long!

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4 years ago
dfasf
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parked on a public street must have the license plates uncovered. In other words, if you use a car cover, there are those which are made with a transparent plastic window on each end so that the plates are visible. Check with your local constabule.

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4 years ago
bobbyd27
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Here in Boise Idaho We`re not supposed to park an unlisenced car on the street, though it isn`t usually enforced unless someone complains. What they do is give you an impound notice which means the car has to be move, at least for a while. A person can only have one unlisenced car on their property, though that, too, is only enforced if someone complains. If you call the local authorities to ask, do it several times. The average answer you get should be the most acurate.

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