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So my friend buys and sells cheep couple hundred dollar cars on craigslist and they usually sell within a day or so. He bought this 99 ford escort a few days back that was idling/driving rough so he asked if i could take a look at it and maybe fix it.

So last night after working on it some i take it for a test drive around the block(literary) with my friend in the passenger seat. We get pulled over cause i failed to use the turn signals changing lanes on a completely empty road at 12 at night:facepalm:. The cop then notices both stickers are out of date (registration, inspection) and my friend didn't have insurance on the car :facepalm:. So the cop gives me a ticket with 3 citations on it "fail to maintain financial responsibly - 1st" "MVI expired motor vehicle inspection" and "MVR expired motor vehicle registration" And said cause im driving it im responsible for the fees.

What kind of fees should i be expecting and what would we have to do to clear the tickets sense they where all non moving violations? Any help is very much appreciated, this is my first ticket of any kind.
 

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Probably won't be too bad at least here in Missouri but your buddy should take responsibility for the ticket since it was non moving violation type of ticket... He is not responsible for the ticket but should man up and help you pay the fees :p I honestly would go fight that **** in court, because that cop was being an ass! Go explain to the judge that it was a car you guys just purchased and you were driving to go get it fixed
 

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No way man. Go to court and bring your insurance card. Even if you get insurance or your friend gets insurance just for one month. It will save your license. I didnt have insurance or plates ona car and got pulled over. Same situation, except I didnt know what to do and lost my license for a year. Make sure you go to court for it and bring in all the necessary stuff. hopefully then you wont get raped on bs
 
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I imagine they're all fix it tickets, and if you politely explain your situation to a judge they could dismiss them.
But see that's the thing, my friend just bought the car with the intent of reselling it. Which is why he didn't have insurance on it.

Probably won't be too bad at least here in Missouri but your buddy should take responsibility for the ticket since it was non moving violation type of ticket... He is not responsible for the ticket but should man up and help you pay the fees :p I honestly would go fight that **** in court, because that cop was being an ass! Go explain to the judge that it was a car you guys just purchased and you were driving to go get it fixed
He plans to pay them and everything, and honestly i just want to get the ticket over with and payed off so i can stop stressing over this and my friend can just move on and sell the car already. All this happened just literally a 5-10 min walk from my house.


No way man. Go to court and bring your insurance card. Even if you get insurance or your friend gets insurance just for one month. It will save your license. I didnt have insurance or plates ona car and got pulled over. Same situation, except I didnt know what to do and lost my license for a year. Make sure you go to court for it and bring in all the necessary stuff. hopefully then you wont get raped on bs
Would it work if say i brought in the insurance card for the mustang and explained that i do have insurance at all? Im 17 and make 7.25 an hour there's no way i can afford to go to court and fight it.
 

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The cop was doing his job... I don't see how that makes him an ass. Regardless, your buddy should (does not have too) pay those fines. They are all easy enough to take care of, but if you do not show that you did indeed take care of them the fine is usually quite larger. A $100 no insurance ticket can turn into a $500 no insurance ticket real quick. I suggest you bring your buddy with you to court to help you explain to the judge what happened. Hopefully you will get off light.
 

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The cop was doing his job... I don't see how that makes him an ass. Regardless, your buddy should (does not have too) pay those fines. They are all easy enough to take care of, but if you do not show that you did indeed take care of them the fine is usually quite larger. A $100 no insurance ticket can turn into a $500 no insurance ticket real quick. I suggest you bring your buddy with you to court to help you explain to the judge what happened. Hopefully you will get off light.
this. just have him get everything caught up and bring proof to court.
 

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I suspect if you explain the situation to the judge, you were test driving a car you were working on, which you do not own, show him insurance you carry on your own vehicle and, if you're friend man's up, you may get off the hook completely with some words of advise.
 

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this. just have him get everything caught up and bring proof to court.
But see that's the thing, this car will probably be sold before my court date.

I suspect if you explain the situation to the judge, you were test driving a car you were working on, which you do not own, show him insurance you carry on your own vehicle and, if you're friend man's up, you may get off the hook completely with some words of advise.
I really hope so :lol. When we got stopped my friend and i explained everything to the cop, but he still gave me the tickets and said we should be lucky he's not having the car towed.

Anyways how long do you think i'll have to wait for my court date? I have to go find out my court date tomorrow. What should i say in court and what do i plee to the judge?
 

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Isn't there some sort of grace period when buying a car before you have to have insurance on it? When I got my car, my mom's insurance guy said we had like 3 weeks or something like that before we had to insure it.
 

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Just fix the problems and show the proof to the court.

That's probably already been mentioned in this thread, but Chuck Norris distracted me.
 

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Isn't there some sort of grace period when buying a car before you have to have insurance on it? When I got my car, my mom's insurance guy said we had like 3 weeks or something like that before we had to insure it.
Depends on the state. I am not sure how it is in Texas, but in NJ you have to have liability insurance instantly; while you can wait two weeks to register it.
 

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Most insurance companies give you X amount of days to transfer coverage, it's up to them on the time.
 

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There is in nj too. At least according to my insurance company. I think I have like 3 days
 
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The insurance ticket is a points ticket. Or at least in MO it is. It is also a $300 fine. Pretty easy to get out of if you just show proof of insurance before the court date, the issue is with your buddy reselling it, you won't be able to do that.
 

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The insurance ticket is a points ticket. Or at least in MO it is. It is also a $300 fine. Pretty easy to get out of if you just show proof of insurance before the court date, the issue is with your buddy reselling it, you won't be able to do that.
I asked the cop after he issued me the citations and according to him it is a non moving violation and wont have any points attached.

proof of purchase date, and resell date if he does sell it. proof of him doing this often would probably help too
I'll have him bring the bill of sale in, but i believe in Texas after you sell a certain amount of vehicles in a year your required a dealers license, my buddy on the other hand does not posses a dealers license :lol

In Texas there is a grace period.
I don't mean to sound like a ass or anything, but is there any links or websites posted by the state of Texas with a code number or law number or something like that? I'll take any help i can get and if there is any law posted on the Texas website pertaining to this grace period i'll use it to defend myself in court.

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