How to Buy a Car in Another State

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Can I buy a car out of state? The answer is yes, but learning how to buy a car in another state can be tricky. That’s why Western Motors Los Banos is here to help! In this guide, we’ll run you through everything that you need to know while buying a car out of state as far as laws, taxes, documentation, and more. Let’s get started:

Registering Your Vehicle

When you get your vehicle home to your Dos Palos garage, how do you register it to your new state? It’s easier than you might think. You just need to grab a few documents and head to the DMV:

  1. Get a bill of sale with your purchase price listed clearly.
  2. Find your local DMV on a website like DMV Near Me.
  3. Gather up your paperwork:
    1. Bill of sale
    2. Completed application for vehicle transaction form
    3. Title of the vehicle signed by the previous owner
    4. Lienholders’ names and address
    5. 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

Once you arrive at the Gustine DMV, just let the clerk know that you purchased the vehicle out of state and want to register it in your new hometown. The clerk will file the paperwork and return your bill of sale. They will keep your old title and ask you to pay the difference in sales tax between the two states. Your new title will arrive in the mail.

Taxes and Fees

So, what will you need to pay if you bring an out-of-state car to Newman?

  1. Local sales tax
  2. DMV processing fees
  3. The difference between the two state taxes

Overall, the process will likely be similar to registering a vehicle in your own state. So no matter whether you bought a new SUV or truck, rest assured that you’ll be back on the road in no time at all.

Find Out More with Western Motors Los Banos

Need more information about buying a car in another state? Feel free to get in touch with us at Western Motors Los Banos. And if you’re in the market for a vehicle, our Los Banos showroom has everything you need for a better commute. Contact us today for more information about buying a car out of state, finding your perfect vehicle, or securing the financing that you need on the car that you want.

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