You cannot drive a car legally on public roads without a valid driver’s license in every part of the country. However, you might be surprised to find out that you can actually buy a car without a license.
Why Buy a Car Without a License?
- To buy a car as a gift for a loved one.
- If you are a business owner, you can purchase a vehicle for employees to drive.
- A disabled person who requires transportation may purchase a vehicle and have a driver or caregiver escort them around.
- An underage person may want to purchase a car in hopes of getting their license soon.
- If you have a person who can drive you around, you may want a nice vehicle to drive in.
- You may want to purchase a car for your young teen who is learning to drive on a learner’s permit.
- You lost your license temporarily due to a DUI or other driving offense.
- You enjoy purchasing and owning vehicles but do not drive. An example might be an antique car or truck. Collectors often buy collectible cars that they don’t drive.
The Issues of Buying a Car Without a License
Some things to be aware of when buying a car without a license include:
How to Buy a Car Without a License
- Think about ownership of the vehicle. Choose a primary driver who will be listed as the vehicle owner, so you can get it insured, registered, and purchase without any hassles. Choose someone you trust, like a close friend or family member.
- Contact the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to ensure you have all the proper paperwork and what it will entail to get the car registered and order license plates. The more you learn upfront, the more you can prepare ahead. You might want to get a copy of the primary driver’s driving record also.
- Call your insurance provider, ask for quotes on car insurance, and determine what they will need from you to insure the vehicle. Get the most comprehensive insurance coverage you can. Ask if they will insure unlicensed drivers. You may have to speak with a few insurers to find one that works for you.
- Shop online or local dealerships and learn all you can about the year/make/model of the cars you are interested in. Call around and read up in online forums to find car dealerships that will sell to someone without a license.
- If the car is used, do a VIN check online to find out if the vehicle was in any accidents or has any open recalls. If it is a new vehicle, you can check online reviews. You cannot always trust private sellers.
- Have your automotive mechanic check out a used car and thoroughly inspect it for any defects.
- Obtain financing before you go to buy. Make sure your bank, credit union or lender will give you the money to buy the car so you can make an offer and streamline the process. You can even apply online sometimes. You may need to verify your identity or show another type of ID.
- Arrange to bring a licensed driver with you to test drive the car and take delivery of it. Don’t take the word of the salesperson. Car buyers should also perform their own test drive if possible.
After you buy a car without a license, get it inspected and registered as soon as possible so you can begin using it.
Although you may not have a license (temporarily or permanently), you do have options when it comes to buying a car. Use the tips above to make the process quick and simple.