Life goes on after a drunk driving conviction, especially when you have a car breathalyzer (ignition interlock) requirement. The device allows you to get back to business and take care of your family just like you did before your DUI. That normal life can also mean that at some point, you may be looking at selling your car. Fear not, your ignition interlock device won’t stop you.
Yes, you can sell your car even if you have an ignition interlock requirement.
Your car is your car, and that means that you have every ability to sell it for any reason. Your ignition interlock requirement is yours too, and that’s the part of the transaction that stays with you in one way or another. If you sell your car and you don’t replace it, you will need to inform your ignition interlock service provider and any interested parties, like your interlock program supervisor or probation officer. You will probably have a suspended license, at least until you can provide proof that you are using an ignition interlock again. Or, in most states, you will serve out the full suspension period.
If you plan to replace your car or use another person’s vehicle, remember that there are no circumstances in which you can drive without the device. That means you cannot test drive a new vehicle and you cannot borrow your neighbor’s car to run to the store. Driving without an ignition interlock is driving illegally, and that is always a crime, no matter how compliant you were before you sold your vehicle.
Nobody wants you to put life on hold after a DUI, especially if you’re following the rules and using your ignition interlock device. You can sell your car, trade in your leased car for a new one or be authorized to drive a friend’s car – as long as there is an interlock in place. Life moves on, and your compliant vehicle is always a big part of that process.