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Vehicle Insurance
February 5, 2013
9:01 pm
Peter Keenan
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Later in the year 4 of us plan to drive Route 66 in a 1960's what us Aussies refer to a "Yank Tank" , the plan is to purchase a car in Chicago, drive the route and then either sell it in LA or ship it back to Australia.
Purchasing a vehicle isn't an issue, just have to have the title registered at my Australian residence, but getting insurance is causing me some grief, to date getting short term insurance for a non US citizen has met with a negative, does anybody know where I could get some suitable insurance ,

February 5, 2013
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Can your existing Australian car insurance simply add this additional vehicle with coverage that meets the US minimum?  If you intend to ship it back home this might be the easiest way. 

If not--State Farm, Allstate, Geico and Progressive are the four largest US car insurance firms. 

A number of overseas people have inquired on this site about purchasing a vehicle for the trip--but I'm not aware of any who have actually done it.  And I don't think any were contemplating something from the 60s.   

February 6, 2013
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I think you can pretty well forget trying to get insurance in the USA for your motor vehicle.  I wanted to do the exact same thing with either a motorhome or car.  At a long shot, I even tried to get insurance over here, to cover me in the USA, but no company I spoke to would entertain that idea. 

In the past, I have contacted at least three different State Motor Vehicle Departments, and got no joy at all, just to actually register a vehicle.  In most States the person you buy the car from, should remove the plates, which makes re-registering a necessity.  You will need a valid USA residential address.  I am able to give an address of a relative in one State, but if things turned pear shaped, I wouldn't want to get either of us into trouble.

Trouble with buying an old car would be its reliability in getting back to LA.  A great trip could be ruined by breakdowns.  Best bet would be to buy your old car, if you are that way inclined, get it transported to the nearest port and have it shipped back home.

By the way, if you are looking at a rental at the moment, 'Drive Away Holidays' are doing a 20% discount in the USA on cars from Alamo.  It was supposed to end on 31st January, 2013, but it has been extended.  We have booked a car with them for one month and it was around $300 cheaper than going direct to Alamo.



Drove Route 66 in 2012.

February 7, 2013
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That's a fun trip you are planning. I hope you are able to make it work out for you.


It sounds like there are some very big challenges in what you are attempting. While it is sometimes more restrictive on use and storage, classic, or collector car insurance is also more understanding in some circumstances. Since you are talking about a '60s vintage machine, classic insurance might be an option worth considering.


Here are a few companies who ONLY do classic car insurance. They are smaller companies, and maybe they could be a bit more flexible on terms?


I guess these are long shots based on the answers you've received before, but hopeful someone here will be able to help.

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