I recently purchased an '84 Excella 270 Motor Home from an idividual in Texas via EBay.
Here are the steps I took to legally bring the vehicle back home to NY. I hope this helps anyone in a similar situation.
1] I called the DMV in NY and Texas for advice.
2] I secured the VIN from the seller and bought insurance from my local agent with coverage to begin on the day of pickup in Texas.
3] I printed out the purchase form [DTF-802
] for NY from the NY DMV
website and filled in the parts I could before I flew to Texas.
4] Upon arrival and delivery of the vehicle, I asked for and received a bill of sale stating the VIN, the price, the buyer, the seller, and the date.
5] The seller transferred ownership to me by filling out the appropriate spaces on the Texas title.
6] The seller and I traveled to the County Tax Office whereupon I
presented my insurance form, the Texas title and $25 to receive a Texas temporary [30 day] cardboard plate. The title and insurance card was returned to me. Had the seller's Texas registration been current [it was recently expired] I COULD have driven home on his plate and saved the $25.
7] At another desk in the same office the seller and I signed the bill of sale in front of a Notary Public who stamped it for a fee of $10.
8] I affixed the temporary plate to the motorhome and drove it uneventfully to NY.
9] Once home in NY, I completed the NY DMV Form [MV-82
] for registration of a vehicle, presented the notarized bill of sale, the insurance card, the Texas title, and the previously completed form [DTF-802
], paid the sales tax plus registration fee, and was presented my new plates and a 15 day inspection waiver.
10] With a valid NY inspection, my registration was complete. I now await the NY title which will arrive shortly from Albany.
'84 Excella 270 MH
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