How to Buy a Car in Another State

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At Old Saybrook Hyundai we get a lot of shoppers from neighboring states who find a new car with us, then need to know how to buy a car in another state than the one where they live. Buying a car out of state isn’t difficult, so don’t spend your time worrying about registration, taxes, and fees and asking, “Can I buy a car out of state?”! We can help you understand buying a car in another state and help you figure out what to check for when you shop for a used car as well. The process isn’t much different from buying a car in your home state. Take a look at our guide to how to buy a car in another state, then contact us to get started on the buying process near Waterford.

Buying a Car Out of State: Registration

When you buy a car near Madison, Connecticut, but you live in Rhode Island, you’ll need to register the car in Rhode Island (or whichever state is home). Here are the steps for getting your new car registered in a state other than where you bought it:

  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

When you tell the clerk that you purchased your vehicle in Connecticut, but you plan to register it for your home address, expect this to happen next:

  1. The clerk will most likely return your bill of sale, but they will keep your Connecticut 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.

Buying a Car Out of State: Taxes and Fees

When you’re buying a car in another state, your local sales tax, the difference between Connecticut and your home state’s sales tax, and any processing fees at your DMV are the only payments you’ll need to make beyond the purchase price of your new vehicle. Buying a car in another state doesn’t cost hundreds of extra dollars, so it’s often worthwhile to buy a car out of state if you’re getting a great deal.

Save Money on Your New Car From Old Saybrook Hyundai!

Now that you know how to buy a car in another state, make the trip to Old Saybrook Hyundai to get a great deal on your next vehicle! Shop our new vehicle specials to find a great deal on your next car, no matter where you live!

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