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Old 03-03-2015, 12:01 PM   #1
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Motorhome Registration Torture

My dilemma… I live in Boston and bought a new Class A motorhome in Indiana. I want to pick it up in late April after it’s built but don’t want to pay for it until I walk through the PDI with the sales dude to make sure everything is working correctly. So I contact the Mass registry and this is their response:
We do not issue temporary registration in Massachusetts. In order to drive the motorhome it needs to be titled and registered or you can have it delivered to you on a flat-bed truck.”
Anyone have a recommendation for me or been in a similar situation? I was really looking forward to driving this thing home myself.
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Old 03-03-2015, 12:03 PM   #2
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Wouldn't Indiana issue temporary tags so you can transport it to MA? Your sales rep should be able to resolve that issue easily.
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Old 03-03-2015, 12:09 PM   #3
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Decide which state has the lower Sales Tax. If it is Boston, register it in Indiana and then you can pay the sales tax in Boston when the registration expires.
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Indiana will (should) issue a 30 day tag to out of state sales.

Check with the dealer, I bet they do this two or three times a day:

http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/arc...9/ar18/ch7.pdf

As for sales tax. I suspect MA will get their money out of you if you title it in MA.

If a title is issued in Indiana and you pay IN sales tax, I bet you can re-title it in MA with just the simple transfer fee.
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Old 03-03-2015, 12:20 PM   #5
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I obtained a temp regi from NJ (good for 10 days) then drove it back to Pa where I registered it. Pa has the class B air brake indorsement that I needed as per Pa State Police. Test involved. Don't know if Mass has that requirement.
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We bought in Indiana also.
The dealer provided a temp tag.
We drove it back to Texas with the temp tag.
When the title arrived a couple weeks later, we went got the permanent tags in Texas,
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Decide which state has the lower Sales Tax. If it is Boston, register it in Indiana and then you can pay the sales tax in Boston when the registration expires.
I believe that if the OP were to register it in Indiana, he would have to be an Indiana resident and have an Indiana driver's license.

I'm sure that Indiana will issue a temporary license tag to enable you to get it back to Boston.

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Wink Here is the way this works

If the motorhome is new, The dealer will provide a 30 paper that they stick on the drivers upper side window. You will fill out a out of state document that the dealer sends to Indiana stating that you will take the coach out of state. And away you go. A couple weeks later you will get by certified mail (usually) the certificate of origination. You take that (within 30 days) to your state office, pay lots of tax and get new plates and title.
Very easy......

Note: if the coach is used the dealer may already have the title from the previous owner. It does not matter what state issued the old title as long as it is original. A new coach has never been titled, it only has a OEM certificate.
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Thanks everyone! Hopefully I can get insurance on this machine before I drive it home...
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We live In Texas and were traveling thru Colorado when a large rock took out the tranny and other things on my vehicle. Long story short, brought a new car in Durango. They charged me the Texas sales tax rate and sent it to the State Comptrollers office. They issued me a 30 day temporary tag to last me until I got the title.
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The Indiana dealership will issue a temporary tag.


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Thanks everyone! Hopefully I can get insurance on this machine before I drive it home...
Unless you are paying cash, I would think that the dealer would require proof of insurance at the time you sign the papers.
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Not only will Indiana dealer issue a 30 day tag, Indiana will allow you to apply for a second 30 day tag if you need it. For example you want to,travel a bit before going back to you home.
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Thanks everyone! Hopefully I can get insurance on this machine before I drive it home...
UNLESS you are paying CASH, the dealer will require you show proof of Ins before you drive it away. My advice is to relax and leave the worry of visiting the MA DMV till you get it home. Taxachussets will get theirs in the end.
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