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Old 08-15-2018, 09:45 PM   #1
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Shipping a bus HELP

I just bought a bus. It's running/driving and in road ready shape. How do I get it from Mississippi to Philadelphia, Pa? I can't find any reasonable shipping options and I'm not sure the seller is going to wait for me to register it and fly in with tags to drive it home. Any suggestions?
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Old 08-15-2018, 09:50 PM   #2
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Go get your bus, drive it to the nearest DMV in the town you buy it, buy a temp tag to get it home. Check with your existing insurance to see if it covers you "in any new purchase" for a period of time. State Farm gives me 7 days.
Drive your bus home.

If the seller is in a real hurry, see if he will get a temp tag for it, usually cheaper to residents than out of state residents.

He would need to mail you the title in order for you to register it.

What bus did you get? We like details.
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Old 08-15-2018, 10:00 PM   #3
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Go get your bus, drive it to the nearest DMV in the town you buy it, buy a temp tag to get it home. Check with your existing insurance to see if it covers you "in any new purchase" for a period of time. State Farm gives me 7 days.
Drive your bus home.

If the seller is in a real hurry, see if he will get a temp tag for it, usually cheaper to residents than out of state residents.

He would need to mail you the title in order for you to register it.

What bus did you get? We like details.
found a 1999 International 3800 AmTran 71 Passenger and bid on it by chance. It's in great shape. I'll get pics and show it off properly once I figure out all the small stuff.
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Go to the UserCP and fill out your profile so we know what we're dealing with when you have a question.
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found a 1999 International 3800 AmTran 71 Passenger and bid on it by chance. It's in great shape. I'll get pics and show it off properly once I figure out all the small stuff.
Mississippi DMV says they don't issue temp tags to private parties. Only issued to dealers.
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Mississippi DMV says they don't issue temp tags to private parties. Only issued to dealers.
I got questioned and verbally warned twice while parked. I drove it home over 3k miles and didn't get pulled over because school buses are invisible on the road and everyone gives them space. If you drive like a safe driver, chances are slim you will get pulled over and if you do, showing them a BOS and title dated today or yesterday with a legitimate story of a new purchase being transported home is usually enough to avoid a hassle. This of course all depends on your attitude towards the cop.
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Old 08-15-2018, 10:34 PM   #7
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that's a good point. I'm very respectful. I just don't want a 30,000 pound impound 5 states away.
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Mississippi DMV says they don't issue temp tags to private parties. Only issued to dealers.
What about a "movement permit"? How is anyone supposed to drive a car they bought from a private party legally? Or does MS just not care as long as you register it within a week or leave the state in your case?
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that's a good point. I'm very respectful. I just don't want a 30,000 pound impound 5 states away.
I'm sorry officer, the state I bought it from doesn't issue temp tags and my state requires an inspection and VIN verification, but that's 2k miles away. What am I to do? I'll be out of your state in 10 minutes.
I learned the hard way and $1000's of $'s in fines how to play the game. Respect the cop, tell the truth, don't have an attitude, and you'll likely skate. My next door neighbor 3 days ago got caught rolling a stop sign, gave the cop attitude and ended up going to jail for reckless driving instead. There's no question he will beat it, but the expense of bail, attorney's, inconvenience, etc. He just doesn't get it. It would have been a $60 ticket. I used to really piss my ex wife off because I got pulled over all the time for driving over the limit, but I NEVER got a ticket. She didn't think it was fair I got away with it so much. Speeding is not ticket worthy anymore as long as you're not 20 over the limit. It is an excuse to pull you and look for other serious stuff, IE, drugs, alcohol, etc.

The biggest thing will always be proof of insurance.
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Mississippi DMV says they don't issue temp tags to private parties. Only issued to dealers.
Just get an insurance policy and go drive your bus back home.
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