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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-07-2010, 12:01 PM Thread Starter
 
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Touchy subject - swapping plates?

I'm looking for a new truck. Long story short - my reg cab ain't cuttin' it no more.

Something that has been mentioned to me is when I find a vehicle to purchase I can simply swap my current Ranger plates onto the new vehicle and I have 6 days to get "my papers in order". (famous movie line - think Clint Eastwood)

I checked the back of my ownership, and just like everyone else's it states ..... "The new owner (buyer) must present this Application for Vehicle Transfer to notify the ministry of the change of ownership of the vehicle within 6 days of the date of purchase."

SO, the first thing i'm thinking is "why does the Ministry issue 10 day trip permits?". Is it another cash grab or am I reading too much into the above quote?

I'm looking at trucks that require a 1-2 hour drive (each way) and i'd hate to have to make 2 drives like that for a purchase, let alone 3. I can be a patient man, but that's just plain ol' retarded (sorry, but 12 hours of driving to/from for ANY vehicle isn't worth it to me). Some sellers are okay with selling with safety and e-test, but the used car guys charge a small fortune for that stuff.

Any thoughts on that quote please?

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"Your vehicle permit must accurately describe your vehicle. If a change is made to your vehicle, you must report it at a Driver and Vehicle Licence Issuing Office within six days."


quoted from the MTO website doesnt say much about mounting plates but i have herd and done it in the past...



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just steal someone plates from a parking lot from a vehicle that resembles the one your gonna be driving



Really? Its the Internet take it easy.
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just steal someone plates from a parking lot from a vehicle that resembles the one your gonna be driving
Only a good idea if one is not looking to purchase a white 1994 Bronco. (..... and nice sig pic! )


LayinHP - good find, thanks! Gonna check there also.

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I'm no expert but I'm pretty sure its legal temporarily. IIRC, in BC I think its 10 days.

That being said, I still wouldn't want to be caught with the wrong plates on anything cause the cops can be real aholes about it and the cost of a 1 day permit is a whole lot cheaper than the cost of having the wrong plates on a vehicle! LR

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I'm no expert but I'm pretty sure its legal temporarily. IIRC, in BC I think its 10 days.

That being said, I still wouldn't want to be caught with the wrong plates on anything cause the cops can be real aholes about it and the cost of a 1 day permit is a whole lot cheaper than the cost of having the wrong plates on a vehicle! LR
And this is precisely why i'm questioning it, Matt. I'm kinda hoping someone(s) here know something I don't.

Another notable point is insurance - IF something were to happen i'm sure any insurance company would use it as a perfect opportunity to get out of a claim, no matter the circumstance. (speculation, but I feel i'm correct)

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Here, in BC, you can also buy a point A to point B permit. Not sure about Ont. though. I bought a truck in the states and they put a 30 day tag on it for me. After I drove it home, I find out that tag/permit would have been useless if I'd been in an accident.


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Exactly! For me it would depend on the desperation of the situation and my mood. If I bought a vehicle and I couldn't find any place to get a permit, sure. Having the wrong (but current) plate on a vehicle still has to be better than none, but if I had the time to do things properly I'd either swap the insurance first or pick up a permit on the way. I've learned the hard way many times its so much easier doing things right the first time!!

I don't know ON's laws too well, but I imagine that they're the same as BC's. Its been a long time since I've studied them, but IIRC I believe you can use the plates to transfer it if the intention is for the plate to be swapped to that vehicle permanently, otherwise we'd only have to own one plate and it'd be good for all of our vehicles right? I have to go do some digging though to find out the real law though. LR

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Did find thison the ICBC site:

I've bought a vehicle. Can I transfer the licence plates from my old vehicle?

If your old vehicle has already been disposed of or sold, and the title transferred, you may drive a B.C.-registered vehicle with plates from your old vehicle for up to 10 days starting from the time you acquired the new vehicle.

Take it as it is...I'm sure laws change from province to province. I'd do my homework. I think it's $500-$600 fine for no insurance here (if you get caught).Good luck.


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$575 plus 3 points in BC (I know from experience). Yeah, I remembered there being a catch to that rule. Thanks for doing some digging cause I'm being lazy right now. LR

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