Steps to Buying a Car Out of State

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You can always find the right new ride around Costa Mesa, but if you’re looking to expand your vehicle search, you might be wondering: “Can I buy a car out of state?” Yes! While you may think the process is much more complicated, our team offers a look at how easy it is to go about buying a car out of state. See our guide to buying a car from another state with our automotive experts at Weir Canyon Acura today!

Buying a Car in Another State

Buying a car in another state means you’ll need to register the car in the state you live in. When you register the car properly, you’ll have the right documents to bring home your new car across state lines. Here’s how it’s done below: 


  1. Ask for a bill of sale that has the purchase price you paid listed clearly and find your local DMV on a website like DMV Near Me.
  2. When you visit your local DMV, make sure to have the following items with you:
    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
  3. Let the DMV clerk know that you purchased the car out of state with the intent of titling and registering it at your address.
    1. The clerk will most likely return your bill of sale, but they will keep your CA title, and ask that you pay the appropriate difference in sales tax between the two states. 
    2. Keep your eye on your mailbox for a new title.

Taxes and Fees on Out-of-State Cars

When buying a car out of state, you also want to factor in the local sales tax from where you buy the car and any applicable processing fees at your DMV into your expected costs. As you register the car from another state it will likely be the same as if you were to transfer the plates to a new ride you find around Tustin. 

Find More Auto Finance Tips at Weir Canyon Acura

As you can see, buying a car in another state is another great option to find the right car for your  Montclair travels. See more helpful auto finance tips at Weir Canyon Acura and see how you can discover great savings on your next ride when you shop our rotating new vehicle specials or national offers and incentives. Speak with our expert sales team if you have any questions or you can apply for financing and value your trade-in online from home to get started. Contact us today for more information on buying a car out of state or stop by our dealership in Anaheim!

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