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  1. Default Buying a car in Seattle WA?

    We are a couple (both Israeli citizens) and planning a trip from Seattle through Canada to Alaska . We want to buy a car for this road trip (because were both under 25 so we cant rent one) in Seattle. Does anybody knows about any problem that I might encounter and if it is possible to buy a car and get it insured for the both of us without US driver's license (we both have a valid International Driver's license) and without a fixed US residency ??

    Thanks in advance

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Green County, Wisconsin

    Default Possible, but challenging

    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    Its not impossible to buy a car without being a US Resident, but it is much more challenging. While it always sounds good to buy a car and then resell it at the end of your trip, the process is often time consuming and takes a lot more money than you'd expect. Generally speaking, at the very least you need some sort of US address as a base for the paperwork.

    a couple threads where the idea is discussed on the forum and be found Here, Here, and Here.

    If you are over 21, even if you are under 25, Renting a car might still be a better, and cheaper option.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Washington state coast/Olympic Peninsula

    Default But not if you're going through Canada

    If you do end up renting, make sure you clear your itinerary with the car rental company. Many won't allow you to take a car out of the country so going to Canada would be out. Also, I'm sure that some don't allow you to go on the AlCan Highway.

    If you find that renting or buying just aren't working out for you, you might enjoy taking the ferry to Alaska. It's a really cool trip. Check it out.

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    Thanks for your help
    I sent an email with the same question to WA state DOL and they replay that I won't have any problems doing that. my question now is because I don't have an address for the insurance can I rent a mail box or something else and it would be sufficient for that cause?

    thx again

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 1998
    Las Vegas, Nevada

    Default The short answer is --- Maybe

    Quote Originally Posted by Idobr View Post
    my question now is because I don't have an address for the insurance can I rent a mail box or something else and it would be sufficient for that cause?
    Technically that would be insufficient, from the point of view of the insurance company, but in practice it happens all of the time. The only address my insurance company has is my office and before that it was a virtual office (mailbox place) so yes, it can be done.


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