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Leasing a different brand of car than before

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Leasing a different brand of car than before

How would I switch and keep the same license plate from old car (not yet returned to dealership, to be returned back soon) to the new car (will pick up new car 2 weeks before returning old car)?
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healsio wrote: How would I switch and keep the same license plate from old car (not yet returned to dealership, to be returned back soon) to the new car (will pick up new car 2 weeks before returning old car)?
You can't have the same plates for 2 cars simultaneously. (assuming ON)

As soon as you pill the plates off the existing lease to put onto the new lease, you can't drive it anymore unless you get new plates .

The existing lease either:

a) needs to go back first
or
b) If it goes back later, it will need new temp plates (as your old plates will be transferred on to the new lease).
Temp plates are only good for consecutive 10 days, so you would need to park the old lease for at least 4 days.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/temporary-l ... te-sticker
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Sep 1, 2004
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Simple. Get another plate. And don't renew the old one when it expires but keep it in a safe place. Next time you run into this, activate the old plate.

It's too cheap to overthink this.
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Return first and pick up new later. It can be done on the same day. Tell your new car dealership that you will use your current plate and provide them the info so they can register it for you. Then you can take off the plate yourself when dropping off the old lease.

In your case, you can pick up the new lease with a new plate. Once you returned the old lease, take the plate with you and go to Service Ontario. You can make the switch there.
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misleading title OP...it has nothing to do with the question you're asking.
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Get a 2nd plate. Then return the 1st one.

Or get the 2nd car towed to your house (or wherever you can store it), don't drive it, then transfer the plate to the new car once you return the old car.
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Returning a lease two weeks early is probably not going to be a problem. Just return the old car first, get the plates off it and transfer to the new car before taking delivery. You'll need to tell the new-car dealer you want to use your own plates instead of getting new ones.

And yeah thread title and what is being asked have nothing to do with each other--odd choice of words.

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