How to Buy a Car in Another State

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Many drivers believe that buying a vehicle across state boundaries is complicated. If you’re not local to California, purchasing a new vehicle here in Sacramento is not too different from purchasing it in your home state. There are just a few quick steps that must be taken in order to make the process as painless as possible. Sacramento Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram has a helpful guide with a few tips for a successful purchase.

Buying a Car in Another State: Registration

When you’re shopping for a new car around Sacramento, the first thing you may be asking yourself is how to register that car in your home state. Below are the steps needed to register your vehicle.

  • 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.
  • When you visit your local DMV, make sure to have the following items with you:
    • Bill of sale
    • Completed application for vehicle transaction form
    • Title of the vehicle signed by the previous owner
    • Lienholders’ names and address
    • Filled out odometer disclosure state for title transfer
    • Tax Form RUT-50 Private Party Vehicle Tax Transaction
    • Registration Fees
    • Proof of insurance
    • Proof of residency
  • Let the DMV clerk know that you purchased the car out of state with the intent of titling and registering it at your address.
  • The clerk will most likely return your bill of sale, but they will keep your out-of-state title and ask that you pay the appropriate difference in sales tax between the two states. 
  • Your new title will arrive in the mail shortly after!

Shop for a New Car Online at Sacramento Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Whether you’re looking for new or used vehicles, we offer all our customers, local or out-of-state, incredible deals! Out-of-state drivers will find our offers to be worth the trip, as we deliver great service and fair appraisals on used vehicles. Take advantage of our vehicle specials for even more savings. Contact us with any questions about buying a car out of state or any other questions related to the process. Our experienced, friendly staff is here to help!

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