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I live in Udonthani and last month I bought a new car Nissan X-Trail in Khon Kaen which was provided with temporary red number plates, a book for registering trips and a document confirming insurance and finance; my questions are as follows:

 

  1. Can I legally drive the car in my home town Udonthani considering the car was bought in Khon Kaen and we do not have a letter from Khon Kaen Department of Land and Transport (DLT) giving permission to drive to another Provine Udonthani? (I have filled in the book for registering trips one time confirming that the car will be used daily in Udonthani for short essential trips).
  2. Tommorow will be the thirtieth day for me driving the car on red plates; will it still be legal for me to continue driving the car on red plates after 30 days and for how long?.
  3. How do I go about getting the permanent car number plates as soon as possible.
  4. When a car is bought in another Province (Khon Kaen) can I get the car registered at Udonthani DLT or do I need to go to Khon Kaen DLT?
  5. Am I legally insured to drive the car based on the above?.

 

Many thanks in advance for any help.

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Red plated vehicles are supposedly restricted to their province of issue. Don't ask me why.   Red plated vehicles are supposed to be off the highway between 6 am and 6 pm. Don't ask me why.

I bought a new car and was stopped 500 yards from the dealership. The police requested to check the book that goes together with the red plates. He complained when he noticed I had not filled in infor

I bought a new Honda bike from a main dealer in Pathum Thani in February. The manager said it would take "up to 2 weeks" to get it registered and get the white plates from DLT at Morchit (as I live in

2 hours ago, vibration said:
  • Can I legally drive the car in my home town Udonthani considering the car was bought in Khon Kaen and we do not have a letter from Khon Kaen Department of Land and Transport (DLT) giving permission to drive to another Provine Udonthani? (I have filled in the book for registering trips one time confirming that the car will be used daily in Udonthani for short essential trips).
  • Tommorow will be the thirtieth day for me driving the car on red plates; will it still be legal for me to continue driving the car on red plates after 30 days and for how long?.
  • How do I go about getting the permanent car number plates as soon as possible.
  • When a car is bought in another Province (Khon Kaen) can I get the car registered at Udonthani DLT or do I need to go to Khon Kaen DLT?
  • Am I legally insured to drive the car based on the above?.

1. Officially no (in general nobody cares about it, but if the police needs money...)

2. Officially no, see above

3. Call your dealer every day, if getting the plates takes longer than a few days it is caused by him or by Nissan head office (they might try to blame somebody else, but this is just a lie)

4. The car goes in your name? What do you use as proof of address, yellow book, work permit, or certificate of residence from immigration?

5. Should be no problem, if in doubt call your insurance company.

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4 minutes ago, northsouthdevide said:

I heard somewhere that you can drive in another province but not after 6pm. 

Trueor not, I don't know. 

 

not true.  I drive regularly between my province and the adjacent one, where my local Tesco happens to be,  outside of curfew hours.  Never had a problem and never been stopped at the very few road blocks. 

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3 hours ago, jackdd said:
5 hours ago, vibration said:
  • Can I legally drive the car in my home town Udonthani considering the car was bought in Khon Kaen and we do not have a letter from Khon Kaen Department of Land and Transport (DLT) giving permission to drive to another Provine Udonthani? (I have filled in the book for registering trips one time confirming that the car will be used daily in Udonthani for short essential trips).
  • Tommorow will be the thirtieth day for me driving the car on red plates; will it still be legal for me to continue driving the car on red plates after 30 days and for how long?.
  • How do I go about getting the permanent car number plates as soon as possible.
  • When a car is bought in another Province (Khon Kaen) can I get the car registered at Udonthani DLT or do I need to go to Khon Kaen DLT?
  • Am I legally insured to drive the car based on the above?.

1. Officially no (in general nobody cares about it, but if the police needs money...)

2. Officially no, see above

3. Call your dealer every day, if getting the plates takes longer than a few days it is caused by him or by Nissan head office (they might try to blame somebody else, but this is just a lie)

4. The car goes in your name? What do you use as proof of address, yellow book, work permit, or certificate of residence from immigration?

5. Should be no problem, if in doubt call your insurance company.

The OP uses the term 'we' so assuming he has a Thai wife or partner, he should ask her for advice, not anonymous forum members.

 

But note that regardless of his height, haircut, time of day and what the cop had for dinner, red plates are legally capped at 30-days maximum use.

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I had to threaten my Ducati dealer, that I will rescind from my contract, if he doesn't come up with the regular plates, this after riding with red plates for almost three months. After he received my letter, it took three days to change the plates.

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I bought a new Honda bike from a main dealer in Pathum Thani in February. The manager said it would take "up to 2 weeks" to get it registered and get the white plates from DLT at Morchit (as I live in Bangkok). No mention was made of red plates though I see many red plated bikes here in Hua Hin where I am now. I was keen to get my bike properly registered from day one so told the dealer I would not take it until it was registered. He thought that registering a bike to in a foreigner name (I have yellow book and pink ID card) would take longer for some reason. Turns out that most dealers use agents to go to DLT to do it for them. I had the registation, green book and white plates all done in two days as I had pushed the dealer to get it done quickly. I would imagine that once all the paperwork is collated, actual time at DLT to get registration book and plates can't be more than two hours. Anyone know the real reason why red plates are given (other than for vanity)?

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4 hours ago, jackdd said:

How do I go about getting the permanent car number plates as soon as possible.

Mind, you, I live in Bangkok/Pathum Thani, but the last 2 cars my wife did not want to wait on the dealer, so she got them herself. I helped with the last one, but sadly, I do not remember the website and what all I had to do. My point is that you do not have to wait on the dealer. You can manage it yourself.

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Over the years I've had a few new cars bought 

This is hit and miss, it all depends on the cop and if he's interested. 

 

I have always been told don't drive after dark, don't leave the province. 

 

The car yard will call you once the your plate arrives. 

 

Once the car turns 7yo you need to get a roadworthy inspection every year. They won't check your car with another province plate. 

Again, this is my experience, I live in Pattaya. 

 

If you have 1st class comprehensive insurance you're covered. 

 

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1 hour ago, soi3eddie said:

Anyone know the real reason why red plates are given (other than for vanity)?

It's all about money (taxes and interest)

The exact procedures might of course vary, depending on the brand and how everything is handled, but the reason is about like this:

The dealer orders a vehicle from the head office, which is delivered to him with a payment period of maybe 2 months. So the dealer has 2 months time until he actually has to pay the head office for this vehicle (could be a vehicle which he wants to put in his showroom, or one which he sold already)

Because he didn't pay the vehicle yet, he doesn't get the documents required to register the vehicle. These documents are not issued by the head office itself, but the head office has to request them from the government, and upon requesting them they have to pay certain taxes for this vehicle.

 

If you go to a dealer and order a vehicle which they don't have in the showroom:

The dealer takes your money and just keeps it, preferably the whole two months before he has to pay the head office. Then the head office would also like to keep the money as long as possible before they have to pay the taxes for the car, so maybe they wait another month. Then finally they pay their taxes, get the required documents, send them to the dealer, who gives them to an agent who does the registration.

Of course it would be totally possible for the dealer to pay the head office as soon as he has your money, they pay their taxes and send the dealer the documents. The buyer could probably have the white plates within 2 days. But financially it's better for them to let you drive on red plates for as long as they can get away with.

 

If you buy a vehicle from the dealer which sits in their showroom:

You can be lucky and their two months payment period is over, so they paid the vehicle and got the required documents from head office already. All they have to do is register the vehicle for you, could be done within a day.

 

 

 

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They should have given a book also.  You are supposed to record in it when you travel to other provinces. 

 

If you requested specific numbers for the license plate it can take several months to get them back, like around 3 months.

 

Once you get your plates you should return the red plates and book to the dealer and get a refund for the deposit on them.

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