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Auto August 16, 2016 at 12:26 pm

Getting Another License Plate After Surrendering Previous One

Got a job in DuPont which started in January. No longer needed my DC-registered, insured car so took it home to NC to leave in my parents garage until I am in a place where I want the car up here again.

SURRENDERED MY DC PLATES, but still have insurance.

Trying to decide whether to just register in NC (pay taxes, registration fees) or get new plates in DC. Does anyone know how much this would cost? Would I have to pay taxes on the vehicle again just to renew my registration?

Auto June 9, 2016 at 5:22 pm

Driver Only Car Insurance

I have lived in the city without owning a car, but I do rent on occasion. I tend to buy the expensive liability insurance from the rental agency (since different credit cards offer primary damage insurance), but it’s love to find something I could outside of the rental agency. Does this exist?

Auto October 6, 2015 at 9:57 am

Overnight Parking in the District

What are the easiest ways for a visitor to park overnight in the District? Are there any reasonably priced overnight garages? Are the metro parking garages in VA/MD safe for overnight parking? My apartment complex has visitor parking, but it is expensive and first-come-first-serve, so I’m hesitant to rely on this.

I also have a visitor parking pass, but worry about my guests being ticketed if they have not gone through the ROSA exemption process yet. Am I understanding correctly that DC parking enforcement does not ticket for the first sighting of an out-of-state vehicle? In that case, street parking may be a viable option. Does anyone have tips or tricks for overnight street parking?


Auto June 30, 2015 at 10:25 am

Out-of-state Private Used Car Purchase

I’m purchasing a car from a friend who doesn’t live in DC (or Virginia or Maryland, for that matter). I generally understand the process of getting it registered in DC — get it insured, bring proof of insurance and the title and so forth to the DMV, prepare to pay excise taxes, etc.

My question is how to legally get the car to DC. I plan to pick it up from her, and in her state, she is technically supposed to hang onto the plates when she sells the car. My understanding is that DC won’t give me temp plates until I bring in the signed title. Should I get the title signed and bring it in to get temps to put on the car when I go to pick it up? Or should I just keep her plates on it and mail them back to her once I can get the car back to DC? I’m wondering if anyone in POPville has experience doing this sort of thing and can advise.

Separately, I’m also curious if anyone has kept their excise taxes low by bringing in a bill of sale that reflects the actual purchase price — since I’m getting this for a bit cheaper than what is likely provided in their database.

Auto May 10, 2015 at 5:23 pm

Where do I unload?

I live on a small one-way street and my building is located next to an alley that many people misuse as a through-way to get around traffic (it connects two different streets). Occasionally when I rent a Zipcar for a long trip, I put on hazards while loading the car and leave it in the alley for 3-5 minutes blocking one of the alley entrances. I was told by someone trying to use the alley that I should have double parked in the street, not blocked the alley entrance. Can anyone advise? My thinking was that blocking one entrance to an alley was more considerate to neighbors than blocking off an entire street since there isn’t room to double park on a one-way, but I’m curious as to the best way to handle the situation in the future.

Auto April 22, 2015 at 5:55 pm

Help! DC Lost my car

UPDATE: Found it after some more searching. It was towed to U St without being reported.

I forgot to move my car for street cleaning on Monday and it was towed to the 2300 block of 16th St NW (right by Meridian Hill Park). Since 16th street has no parking during rush hour, it received a ticket Tuesday morning, but had no indication of being towed again. Wednesday (today), I went to go check on my car, saw it was gone, and figured it was a courtesy tow. I called the Dept of Public Works inquiring about my car location, but the only record they have is of it being moved from Ontario Rd to 16th St and they don’t have it in a lot. I’ve called about four times today and had them transfer me around to talk to a few people, but no one can seem to find it.

I’ve heard the horror stories of DC moving a car and not recording its location, so I think it’s possible it may have been towed again (especially since it was in moved to a rush hour street). The only other thing I can do at this point is report it stolen, and I’d like to avoid that if my car’s sitting perfectly safe on a street somewhere.

Auto September 19, 2014 at 11:02 am

Garages with motorcycle parking rates near 14th & H NW / metro center?

I’m looking to commute to work by motorcycle a few days a week. I’ve asked about daily, occasional and monthly spots in a couple garages, but so far everyone wants me to pay as much to park a (small) motorcycle as a car.

Anyone have any leads on MC friendly garages in the area?

Auto September 17, 2014 at 4:45 pm

Moped Insurance

I recently bought a moped to hope around town after selling my car at the beginning of the summer. I’m looking for insurance and haven’t been successful. My car insurance doesn’t write motorcycle insurance in DC and the other companies I called don’t insure mopeds. Does anyone have suggestions on insurance companies to call and an average price I can expect to pay?

Auto July 9, 2014 at 11:25 am

Honda Car Dealerships?

Has anyone had a good experience with any around the DMV area? We are looking to buy a car, and want to purchase from a dealership for various reasons.

Auto March 25, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Excise Tax + Out of state car purchase?

I saw the topic here ( about buying a car out of state but I still have some concerns about the out of state excise tax (

Does anyone have any experience with buying a car out of state and can they explain how the excise tax works? From what I understand, even if I buy a car in MD or VA, I will be paying only DC taxes. Do I also pay the excise tax? Does this happen even with cars in the district? Halp!

Auto March 5, 2014 at 9:28 pm

Hit and run. Police are no help. Advice needed, details inside.

My car was smashed from behind in a hit and run last weekend in Lanier Heights. Luckily 2 witnesses saw the person do it and left me a note with the plate number. I filed a police report that night, but the police have refused to give me any information about the other driver, despite a hit and run being an arrest-able offense in DC.

On my way to the police station to try to get more information, I found the car that hit mine. I wrote down the VIN, registration number, make, model description, registration number and the number for the ticket that was sitting on the windshield. I also left a note with my contact information and letting them know that there were witnesses and that the police are involved.

My concern is this: I cannot find out any more information about the other driver (or more importantly, their insurance) despite all of the information that I have. The police are telling me that unless the actual owner of the car was the one to hit my car, there is nothing they can do.

Does anyone have experience with this? Are there any other avenues I can pursue legally to get this person to cover their damages?

Auto December 6, 2013 at 10:28 am

6 Months or review a ticket?

Hi Popvillians,

I relocated to the city recently and have received a ticket already. I am appealing the ticket (my defense is one of the seven that the city allows you to appeal on), but I also need to register the car. For people who have appealed tickets before, does it really take six months for the ticket to be reviewed? I want to go ahead and get registered, but obviously cannot wait six months to do so. I’m also curious if it’s possible to register/get DC tags if you have tickets in the appeal process; I know you can’t if you have outstanding charges.


Auto May 6, 2013 at 5:08 pm

Where to street park while on vacation

I am going on vacation for two weeks at the end of the month. I street park my car in zone 1 parking but because of street cleaning I need to find somewhere to park during the time away from home.
Does anyone know of street parking in zone 1–without street cleaning?

Auto May 6, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Buying a Car

If I buy a car in MD or VA, do I pay MD/VA taxes and DC taxes on it? Is there a tax split? Is one state better than the other to buy a car in?

Auto February 13, 2013 at 11:44 am
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