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Should I Buy an Out-of-State Car? | Edmunds.com

Edmunds.comEdmunds.com Posts: 10,059
edited March 2015 in General
imageShould I Buy an Out-of-State Car? | Edmunds.com

Check emissions and other requirements before you bring a car across state lines or you could have registration nightmares.

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  • meteor10meteor10 Posts: 59
    you will face too much trouble to my mind. better buy some new car, but cheaper. reliability is the key factor
  • empiredjempiredj Posts: 21
    This is what happen to me...

    I needed a car, I didn't have much cash and I wanted new anyway. I however couldn't find a manual transmission 2015 Hyundai Accent Sport in California or anywhere else within 500 miles. I found Kirkland Ford/Hyundai had plenty of '15 Accent Sport manual transmission cars.

    I e-mailed about a Black one, I sort of didn't want Black but that's okay fourth Black car I have owned. They did the deal, without sales tax (I wasn't charged) I paid $15,5xx for the car.

    I flew up to Washington, took the tram and the bus to the dealership, quick test drive, filled with gas and I was handed the keys after signing the paper work in about 45 mins.

    Drove home 1,600 miles the next day.

    Now a few things I wasn't informed of until I tried to get the car registered in California.

    I had 20 days to inform DMV, I didn't do this, this is a grey area there's no penalty. I bought the car in Jan '2015 and tried to find out how much the fees and sales tax where in April (last month). I found all total it would cost me $1, 848 plus I had to smog the car.

    I find it interesting the edmunds says I don't have to get the car smogged since Washington is a CARB state. Well California DMV has told me otherwise, the car at that time had just under 4,000 miles on it. It's still consider new by many, so I don't understand why I have to shell out $60-$70 at a test only station when I know the car will past with ease and is CARB legal anyway.

    As it was possible I could have saved up the majority of the money to pay the sales tax and registration fees by now. That isn't the case and about $800 shy of the goal. I depend on my car to go back and forth to work, so I have to continue driving it.

    I really only have two options -

    1) Pay the DMV fees and State sales tax

    I can borrow some of this from my parents but I need to come up with the rest of it sooner or later. My best guess would be maybe June now.

    2) Trade-In

    I've just started to explore this option. Because I got a serious discount on the car and didn't pay taxes on it, I am only about $2400 upside down according to Edmunds but most dealers use KBB so its worth about $12,400 wholesale dealer trade. The Accent was a reaction to a dealer trying to sell me a '15 Fiesta S sedan when I wanted an ST.

    I want an ST, either the Focus or the Fiesta. I can pay slightly more a month and get an ST, but I have to needle the price down as low as I can get it and get an interest rate around 5%.

    My scores are about to update as I've paid my card balances down. I will still be in Tier 3/Tier C and I will get a better rate than I currently have on my Accent.

    If I can't shoulder a higher payment on a trade, then the next thing was to refi the Accent, pay the fees and possibly trade-in at the start of 2016 with a balloon payment on the car to get it closer to break even.

    Right now, it looks like to get a base Fiesta ST ('15) I will pay $100 extra per month. While I can afford it, I don't know if I want to pay more when I should be paying less on the Accent now. That said, I can refi it later as my scores continue to improve and get back $20-30 per month.

    Like I said I wanted an ST, so if it will cost me $450 or so to get one, I guess that's just the case and it will get me out of registration purgatory.
  • Adi2103Adi2103 DenverPosts: 1
    Hello Guys,

    Can some one help me , I purchased a new vehicle in CO, I am moving to CA, I still have a valid Temp plate, can I register in California without registering first in Colorado. while buying vehicle I gave my present address in Colorado.

    Thanks
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    This might help you out
    Adi2103 said:

    Hello Guys,

    Can some one help me , I purchased a new vehicle in CO, I am moving to CA, I still have a valid Temp plate, can I register in California without registering first in Colorado. while buying vehicle I gave my present address in Colorado.

    Thanks

    This might help you out:

    https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/vr/checklists/outofstate
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