How to Buy a Car in Another State

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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.
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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!

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