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FlexPass: General Discussion
  • Tom September 16, 2013 - 11:13 am #86846 Reply

    Greetings from Residential Parking Zone 4! I just replaced my dearly departed Civic with a car I purchased out of state. I’m parking on the street using a FlexPass registered to my apartment and am curious to know if any of you out there have had any issues with them. (I’ve only ever used mine on a car that was tagged in VA and tax-stickered in Arlington.) I do know that you can use the pass for guest vehicles, but mine’s a triple threat at the moment--temp tag, no safety inspection sticker and surely no tax decal yet. Do you guys think I’m safe?

    Dezlboy September 16, 2013 - 12:00 pm #86865 Reply

    Tom: I really have no idea. Maybe leave a note in the windshield?

    BTW: what did you buy? just curious. And have you had the bullseye on the passenger door painted over yet?

    Tom September 16, 2013 - 2:49 pm #86927 Reply

    Thanks, @Dezlboy! I don’t think it’ll be too big of a thing, just curious if anyone else had any horror stories about out-of-state FlexPass usage.

    I am now the proud owner of a 2011 Nissan Altima! I’m in love--it’s a phenomenal car with only 5k on the clock.  I had to really negotiate with the previous owner, but he agreed to airbrush over the bullseye before I picked it up! Barring any other spontaneous T-boning, I’ll have it for years. Also, you’ll get a kick out of this--one of the other vehicles I was looking at was a late-model diesel Passat. I’d have loved to get into that but, sadly, it looked MUCH better on paper (on-screen?) than it did in person. Womp womp

    Dezlboy September 16, 2013 - 3:42 pm #86960 Reply

    Ah….diesels!  :-)  Altima’s a good reliable car. Good choice.  Good luck avoiding the t-boners.

    Tom September 16, 2013 - 4:55 pm #86994 Reply

    Many thanks! Hope it’s easier said than done haha

    hermitcrab September 16, 2013 - 9:32 pm #87000 Reply

    Hi, Zone 4 neighbor! My boyfriend’s used my Flex Pass on his out-of-state, then-somewhat-questionably-inspection-stickered car (it had both an expired sticker for his old state and a current sticker for his current state) for up to a week at a time here with no problems. I’m not sure if this makes you feel any better, but I think you’ll probably be fine. Assuming you can find a parking space in Zone 4 in the first place!

    Tom September 17, 2013 - 2:12 pm #87079 Reply

    @hermitcrab--thanks so much! Makes me feel excellent, actually. I checked my car yesterday after work and it was very fine, no violations. I just picked it up from the inspection station today and will be sailing confidently through the week until my tags/title/reg arrive! :D

    Also, parking in Zone 4 is atrocious. I’m thinking of asking my nearby employer for a parking pass and *conveniently* using their garage…

    CourtLady September 17, 2013 - 2:46 pm #87084 Reply

    Given that there has been a car with PA tags in Zone 4 for years, I think you will be fine.

    Tom September 17, 2013 - 2:58 pm #87086 Reply

    @CourtLady--hahaha! Incidentally, that might be my roommate’s car. I’ve never seen it, but he owns one and mentioned once that it’s tagged for PA.

    Quoth the Raven September 17, 2013 - 3:54 pm #87107 Reply

    Courtlady, remember that this area is filled with military, and it’s legal for them to have out-0f-state tags.

    CourtLady September 18, 2013 - 11:53 am #87221 Reply

    QTR – Really?  I had no idea.  How does the county know – is there a special permit for that?  This one I’ve seen actually had a boot on it at one time and I thought maybe it would get VA tags after that – but no it still has PA.  Maybe that is why?  BTW – I wasn’t passing judgement.  I lived in NC for 2.5 years and never registered my car.  I also lived in DC and had VA tags (I parked off street).  Was just making an observation in reply to Tom’s question.

    Tom September 18, 2013 - 8:18 pm #87432 Reply

    Thank you, all, for your help! The FlexPass worked remarkably well and I ended up securing a monthly parking pass in a private garage, so all was well. Now if only I could get out of paying that pesky property tax! Haha… I’ll keep dreaming on that one.

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