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Help a tourist buy a car!! EAST COAST!!

Postby lazyloddy » Mon Feb 21, 2011 11:40 am

hi there,
ok, so, im travelling to the states in may an would really love to get my hands on a car. my initial thoughts were to buy one, use it for about 4 months then scrap it on the other side of the country....
after looking for months for someone who would help me to do this, and being completely unsuccessful it was sort of forced upon me that i am going to have to go for a more expensive rental....
this is basically a last ditch attempt to find someone (the closer to NY the better) who might let me use their address to register a car to. maybe even arrange something like buying a car registering it in their name and having me as a named user of it?? i dunnno, bit much to ask huh.... (cou$$$$$gh)
if i did find someone, it would be a lifesaver for my friends and i...
imagine how much extra i could spend preparing for burning man, 3 months into my trip!!!
anyway, thanks...
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Postby Isotopia » Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:21 pm

Two words come to mind: liability concerns.

Only a Level 7 Jackass would seriously consider your proposition.

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Postby AntiM » Mon Feb 21, 2011 5:09 pm

Probably violates the TOS. I may have to pull the thread.
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Postby theCryptofishist » Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:31 pm

I dunno, AntiM. That seems like you just opened the door to a whole lot of opportunistic snark.
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Postby gyre » Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:41 pm

What you need is someone on the ground to inspect the car and verify any arrangements.
People on some car forums often do this for each other.

I'll be happy to help.
I'm not near nyc though.
You can do most of the shopping yourself on craigslist.
Those of us in the usa are familiar with the usa car lines and the market here.

Do you have an international license?
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Postby TomServo » Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:53 pm

Buying a car that's worth scrapping, when your finished....is probably not a vehicle yould want to drive from the east coast, to Black Rock City. Find a rideshare, or look up the Green Tortoise..
anything worth doing..is worth overdoing

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Postby gyre » Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:15 pm

It might be taking a chance, but it can be done, compared to rental fees.

Quite common here with international students.
Someone arabic offered me a Rover SDI after the towers.
They would have probably given it to me if I had shown up.

It's what I would do if I spent enough time in some countries.
It can be a chance to drive something not available normally, like a V8 hotrod here.
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Postby TomServo » Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:31 pm

gyre wrote:It might be taking a chance, but it can be done, compared to rental fees.

Quite common here with international students.
Someone arabic offered me a Rover SDI after the towers.
They would have probably given it to me if I had shown up.

It's what I would do if I spent enough time in some countries.
It can be a chance to drive something not available normally, like a V8 hotrod here.


Breaking down on the salt flats....or almost anyplace between Wendover and Fernley, would be a bit of a problem fly to reno and rent a car...or arrange a ride.
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Postby moonrise » Mon Feb 21, 2011 11:40 pm

TomServo wrote:
gyre wrote:It might be taking a chance, but it can be done, compared to rental fees.

Quite common here with international students.
Someone arabic offered me a Rover SDI after the towers.
They would have probably given it to me if I had shown up.

It's what I would do if I spent enough time in some countries.
It can be a chance to drive something not available normally, like a V8 hotrod here.


Breaking down on the salt flats....or almost anyplace between Wendover and Fernley, would be a bit of a problem fly to reno and rent a car...or arrange a ride.


If you fly to Reno, consider rent-a-wreck, or a simliar low low budget car rental company, they rent used, beater cars for lower rates. I've used them myself and they aren't too picky about how clean the car is when you return it, after you clean it up as best as possible yourself.
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