How to Buy a Car in Another State

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Whether you’ve just browsed our new and pre-owned inventory and found something you like but you’re from out of state, or you just need a refresher on how to buy a car in another state, the experts at our dealership are here to assist. Buying a car in another state can seem daunting if you’re not familiar with the process. But, it’s typically not too complicated if you have all the important information. Today, the team at Jackson Family of Dealerships will help you answer, “Can I buy a car out of state?” We can also answer the following: 

  • How to buy a car in another state?
  • What do you need when buying a car out of state?
  • How do taxes work when buying a car in another state?

What the DMV Will Require When Buying a Car Out of State

To answer your question, “Can I buy a car out of state?” Yes, you can purchase a vehicle from another state, but there are important pieces of information the DMV will require. If you’re from or beyond, and you’re getting ready to research what you need to bring to the DMV when you buy a car from out of state, take a look below:

  • Bill of sale
  • Completed vehicle transaction form
  • Vehicle title signed by the previous owner
  • Lienholder name & address
  • Completed odometer disclosure state for title transfer
  • RUT-50 private party vehicle tax transaction form
  • Registration fee
  • Proof of insurance
  • Proof of residency

If you’re not sure what else you need, please feel free to get in touch with our dealership for more information.

Buying a Car Out of State Guide

Once you’ve gathered the necessary paperwork and information for the DMV, purchasing a vehicle from out of state isn’t too complicated. Here’s what the process will look like:

  1. Get a bill of sale with the purchase price you paid. Then visit your local DMV. If you’re located in or somewhere farther, you can visit the DMV website for a location finder.
  2. Stop by your neighborhood DMV with all of the information and paperwork we mentioned above.
  3. Inform the DMV clerk that you just bought a vehicle from out of state and you want to title and register it at your address.
  4. The DMV clerk will likely keep your state title and ask you to pay for the difference in sales tax between the two states.
  5. Once completed, you can expect to receive your new title in the mail.

Buying a Car In Another State: Tax Information

Now that we know the answer to, “Can I buy a car out of state?” it’s important that we go over the sales tax you might have to pay. Unlike purchasing a vehicle from a local dealership near , you’ll have to also pay the difference between the state tax of where your vehicle is registered and the state tax of where your vehicle was purchased.

Among the state tax, there are likely other processing fees you’ll have to pay to the DMV as well. However, there’s no need to fret as the process is probably similar to if you were purchasing a vehicle from a nearby dealership.

Get More Information Today from the Jackson Family of Dealerships!

Whether you need car buying tips or other automotive information, you can count on the Jackson Family of Dealerships to have your back. We’re looking forward to helping you find the ideal Decatur commuter so that you have one less thing to worry about. For more information, please contact us online!


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