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Old 02-17-2005, 08:24 PM   #1
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How do I purchase a trailer in Massachusetts and get it home, legally?
I live in NY, and Mass does not honor "in-transit" or "one-trip" permits from other states. Does Mass provide for any legal way for me to pick up this trailer, and get it home, here in NYS? For one trip, for a newly-purchased trailer?

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Old 02-17-2005, 08:27 PM   #2
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Don't MAKE me take a plate from another trailer and stick it on there for the trip...

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Old 02-18-2005, 05:16 AM   #3
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I'm from Mass!

I just talked to the Mass RMV this week about bringing home a trailer from another state. It comes down to three choices:

1. Bring the title to the Mass RMV, have the trailer registered, take the plate to the trailer and stick it on before you tow it into the state, or

2. Bring the trailer into the state on a flatbed trailer, or

3. Tow the trailer into the state with a legal, registered plate and title from another state, register it when you get it here. The plate does not necessarily have to be registered to you, just legally registered. After it's registered in Mass, send the plate back to the previous owner in the state it came from.

We're going with choice #3. It's pretty lame, but it's all we can do to make sure our insurance is in effect for the ride home.

Good luck to you!
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Old 02-18-2005, 07:43 AM   #4
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Use WD on the screws so you can change them fast and often. Unless it looks like a traffic hazard or you are driving too fast, too slow or with too much wiggle I don't think you'll have a problem. If it's dusk or latter you'll need the lights to work and be bright. If you don't have full lights at night you will be stopped, no question, with or without plates, and told to get off the pike, now. They will escort you.
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Old 02-18-2005, 08:39 AM   #5
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Hey, Chuck! long time no see.

I don't think you have a problem. The problem would be in the opposite situation; if you lived in MA, and wanted to buy a trailer (or any vehicle) from another state, you're stuck.

If a vehicle is legally registered in your home state, then its legal in any other, in terms of registration. since there is no such thing as a temporary plate in MA, the only way for a MA resident to register a vehicle is to bring the bill of sale to the registry, (there's a local term for all you non-locals), file the paperwork, and get a permanent plate. So for us to buy a vehicle out of state requires *2* round trips. (that is, if you're not crazy enough to actually pay for a big-ticket item like this "site unseen", and wait for a mailed or faxed bill of sale).

I looked into this when I bought my trailer, because it came from RI. only a minor PITA, since there is an RMV office within 20 miles of where I bought the trailer.

I see "temp" plates on cars from NH and ME all the time around here. (plenty of commuters on the road from those states), so I don't think it would be a problem to have a temp NY plate on a trailer for the trip home.

They should really do something to change this, with the advent of the internet, and ebay, etc. lots of people wanting to buy vehicles long distance.
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Old 12-22-2008, 07:23 AM   #6
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I live in Massachusetts and bought my trailer in Maine. The trailer was on consignment with a dealer so the dealer needed to get a Maine title so he could transfer it to me. This took just over a week. He mailed the Maine title to me and I took it to the Registry of Motor Vehicles in Massachusetts in order to get a Massachusetts title and Massachusetts plates, the only way I could bring it home. The Registry fined me $47 dollars for not paying the sales tax within 5 days of purchase. I explained that I couldn't pay the sales tax until I had a title from Maine, which took more than a week. NOT THEIR PROBLEM, JUST PAY THE $47 FINE IN ADDITION TO THE SALES TAX AND REGISTRATION FEES. A month later I also got the bill for the excise tax. That's why we call the Commonwealth, TAXACHUSETTS! Lesson to be learned: don't try to confuse the Registry with facts, their mind is made up.

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