How to Buy a Car in Another State

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If you’ve been wondering, “can I buy a car out of state?”, John Bowman Chevrolet, Inc. is here to help. Buying a car in another state is a simple process, but there are few points to understand before you drive over the state line for that deal. Read on to learn everything you need to know about buying a car out of state, and if Waterford drivers have other questions related to car shopping, either reach out to our finance team or explore our car buying tips.

How to Register a Car Bought in Another State

Can you buy a car in another state? Yes! One of the first things Lake Orion drivers should consider when buying a car in another state is that the registration process is slightly different. When buying a car out of state, you will want to register your out-of-state vehicle to your home address. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. After you purchase your vehicle, ask for a bill of sale with your purchase price clearly listed. Once you’ve obtained it, use DMV Near Me to find the nearest DMV to your home in the greater Grand Blanc area.
  2. Before making the trip to your local DMV, make sure to have the following items with you:
    1. Your bill of sale
    2. A completed application for vehicle transaction form
    3. If used, the title of the vehicle signed by the former owner
    4. Lienholders’ names and address
    5. If used, filled out odometer disclosure state for title transfer
    6. Tax Form RUT-50 Private Party Vehicle Tax Transaction
    7. Registration Fees
    8. Proof of insurance
    9. Proof of residency

Make sure the DMV clerk knows that you bought the car out of state, and intend to title and register it at your home address.

  1. Your clerk will return your bill of sale but keep your out-of-state title. You’ll then pay the difference and ask that you pay the appropriate difference in sales tax between the two states.
  2. Finally, you’ll want to watch for your title in the mail.

What to Know About Taxes and Fees on Out-of-State Cars

If you’ve been wondering about how to buy a car in another state because you’re looking to pay less sales tax, we regret to inform you that you’ll have to pay the difference when you title your car. The main reason for buying a car out of state is because you’ve stumbled across a fantastic deal. You may have also considered that out-of-state DMV fees could be cheaper, depending upon where you live. Unfortunately, the differences in these fees will almost always be negligible.

If you’ve found a deal on the car you want that beats every other deal in greater Pontiac, reach out to John Bowman Chevrolet, Inc.. We just may be able to price-match and save you from the fuel costs and time sink of buying a car from another state.

Visit John Bowman Chevrolet, Inc. Today!

Now that you know about the steps and idiosyncrasies involved in how to buy a car from another state, let John Bowman Chevrolet, Inc. in %%di_city% save you from the hassle of buying a car out of state by seeing if we can price-match that deal you’ve found across state lines. If you have other questions about car shopping, like “how can I boost my credit score?”, “what does certified pre-owned mean?” or “what is gap insurance?”, don’t hesitate to reach out.

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