How to Buy a Car in Another State

signing car lease
No matter if you live in Rio Rancho or Santa Fe, it’s possible to find a great deal on a new car out of state. If that’s the case for you, learn how you can buy a car out of state. We have plenty of drivers asking, ‘can I buy a car out of state?’ And to that, we simply say yes! That’s why we’ve created this handy guide to help drivers learn how to purchase a new vehicle out of state. Check out these tips below and get in touch with our finance team with any questions.

Buying a Car Out of State: Registration

Though this may seem like a hassle, buying a car out of state is quite simple. The main difference is that you’ll need to register the car in your home state. Registering and placing your license plate on a vehicle bought from another state only needs a few pieces of information and a trip to the DMV:

  1. Be sure to have a bill of sale with the purchase price you paid.
  2. Find your local DMV.
  3. You will need a bill of sale, a photo ID, proof of residency, and proof of insurance.
  4. Inform the DMV clerk that you bought your car in another state and intend to title and register it at your address.
  5. The clerk will keep the title from the state where the dealership is located.
  6. You will be asked to pay the difference in sales tax between the two states.
  7. Your new title will be sent to you by mail.
car signing papers

Buying a Car Out of State: Taxes and Fees

When buying a new car out of state, there may be a few extra payments. However, you don’t have to worry about paying hundreds more. You’ll also be happy to know the registration process is the same. Fees when buying a car from another state can include:

  • Local sales tax
  • Difference between tax in dealership state and your state’s sales tax
  • Any applicable DMV processing fees

Learn more about Buying a Car in Another State with University Mazda!

After learning how to buy a car in another state, apply for financing online to get the process started on your favorite model. Looking to save more? Check out our available new vehicle specials. In the meantime, if you have any questions about GAP insurance, bad credit car leasing, how car financing works, or want to learn more car buying tips, contact our team!

More from University Mazda

  • 2021 MAZDA3 Sedan & Hatchback Color Choices

    Whether you’re more interested in the 2021 Mazda3 sedan or the 2021 Mazda3 Hatchback, one thing is for sure: you’ll have plenty of color options to choose from, inside and out! So, what exactly are the 2021 Mazda3 colors? We’re about to delve into the Mazda3 exterior colors and interior colors for the new model…

  • 2021 MAZDA CX-9 Interior

    The new 2021 Mazda CX-9 is one of the most capable and stylish family-friendly crossover SUVs you’ll find on Rio Rancho or Santa Fe streets. It also happens to be one of the most spacious! From its roomy dimensions to its cutting-edge interior features, the 2021 Mazda CX-9 is a moveable sanctuary-on-wheels that’s poised to perform. Want…

  • 2021 MAZDA CX-9 Towing Capacity Details

    Wondering to yourself, “How much can a Mazda CX-9 tow?” University Mazda is here to give you answers! The 2021 Mazda CX-9 is capable of towing up to 3,500 pounds with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.* That’s plenty of towing power to tow a small boat or even a trailer around Rio Rancho with ease. But does…

Saved Vehicles


You don't have any saved vehicles!

Look for this link on your favorites:


Once you've saved some vehicles, you can view them here at any time.

Contact Us



Call Now



Call Now



Call Now

5150 Ellison St. NE • Albuquerque, NM 87109

Get Directions

Today's Hours:

Sales: Closed

Service: Closed

Parts: Closed

University Mazda 35.1599911, -106.589223.