How can I get my car from California to Arizona?
February 15, 2010 10:41 PM Subscribe
How do I make sure my car can be delivered to me in Arizona, if I buy it from a private seller in California?
posted by polexxia to travel & transportation (8 answers total)
Here's the situation: I live in Arizona and am about to purchase a car from a friend who lives in California. The car is registered as a non-operational vehicle in California (although it can be driven, she did not wish to keep it insured). My boyfriend is more than happy to drive the car from California to Arizona for me once the purchase is completed. Previous questions only seem to cover the possibility of the purchaser driving the car, so here's what I need to know:
1. Will the car need to be registered in California, or will I be able to get an Arizona temporary tag for the purpose of it being driven to Arizona? I saw that there is a 3-Day tag which Arizona offers, but it explicitly states it cannot be used for commercial interstate travel, so I don't think that will work.
2. Do I need to be physically present for the title to be signed over to me?
3. I did learn that I can insure the car prior to it being registered; what I can't seem to find out is if the car has to go through California inspection/registration before I can register it in Arizona. Arizona does have a mandatory emissions/inspection law. I obviously can't get it inspected in Arizona until it is driven to Arizona....so I'm flummoxed as to what the proper chain of events should be.