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Buying used cars from out of state



  • Hello Everyone
    I am shopping for a used car (nissan 350z) and i have come across this one used 350z from a private seller in a different state. I live in California but the car is in Ohio. I have contacted the seller and the seller has explained that the car will be shipped to me through das auto shippers. This is my first attempt at trying to buy a used car and was wondering what i needed to do to make this transaction complete without any hassels and avoiding any kind of scams.

    1. What documents i need to receive?
    2. how do i pay?
    3. Are out of states purchases reliable/safe?

    Thank you!
  • cccompsoncccompson Posts: 2,388
    This can be tricky. It's not so much that it's an out of state transaction as it's a blind deal that hinges on trust, particularly yours. The seller will assign the Ohio title to you but s/he's only going to do so after your bank check clears.

    As the buyer, you should be the one selecting the shipping company unless that's part of the deal.

    Frankly, if I was you, I'd spend the money to fly in to look at the vehicle and close the deal in person (bringing cash or a check drawn on the seller's bank).
  • Thanks for the advise. After thinking about it i have decided to wait to see if i can find a used car closer to me or just from a dealer. Thanks once again for your input.
  • We are looking at a pre-owned Acura. Many available in Northern CA seem to be from outside the state. NC, SC, NY... And these seem to be slightly cheaper than "local" vehicles. What is that about? Salt? Corrosion? Am I being paranoid..?
  • jg35jg35 Posts: 1
    I'm in Tennesse teaching for a semester and I want to buy a used car here. My residency is Brooklyn, NY but I have not owned a car since living in NY-- for 10 years -- to make matters more confusing my license is from TX! Does anyone know if I can register the car in NY and get new plates without actually taking the car there for another few months? - i'm not going to be in NY for another 4 months, I'm actually going to be traveling around the south.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,266
    I'm not completely familiar with NY law, so much of what I'll say is based on NJ. But for registering a car, you don't need to have the car present. However, you do have to do it in person. I'm not sure if you could get away with someone else doing it for you as long as you fill out all the paperwork. The big problem is inspection. You wouldn't be able to do it. So you'd be driving an uninspected car, risking tickets.

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • cccompsoncccompson Posts: 2,388
    If it's anything like Ohio, they'll want to physically inspect the out of state title and car before issuing a NY title. Best to call Albany and check for sure.
  • joel0622joel0622 Posts: 3,302
    I work at a dealership in Tn and just a couple months ago I went through nightmare of registering a car in NY for a customer.

    No you cannot do it without a NY DL

    You also have to have a NY State insurance card, and a boat load of other crap. It took me 2 months to get the damn thing registered there.

    I would highly recomend that you title the car in TN. Taxes are less and it is easy as can be.

    ny dmv
  • I live in Iowa and am thinking of buying a Tahoe from Cal. What affect if any would the Cal. emission standards have on the fuel economy of this car or any other for that matter? Is there quite a bit more clutter under the hood?
  • melb_1021melb_1021 Posts: 1
    I am buying a car in Michigan and I live in Utah. The dealership told me they had to pay part of the tax and will send it to Utah for me, but they can't pay the whole amount. I suggested that I would just pay all the taxes when I get back to Utah, but the dealer said I had to pay some through them. Is that correct?
  • joel0622joel0622 Posts: 3,302
    Are you financing or paying cash for the car?
  • We live in Collin County (near Plano) and just bought a used CR-V in Chicago (financed through American Honda). It's being shipped here next week. I would appreciate some help in figuring out how to get it properly registered -- and also pay sales tax. Is the following correct?

    I think I first need to get the car inspected (I already have my insurance card with the proper VIN). Then I take all the sales documents from the dealership and the safety inspection sticker to my Collin County Tax Office and get it registered and pay the taxes there. Is that right? Another question: Will I get new Texas license plates or will I keep the Illinois plates? I'm new at this, so please forgive the dumb questions. Thanks.
  • cccompsoncccompson Posts: 2,388
    The only dumb question is the one that isn't asked.

    You'll have to get TX plates. The rest sounds accurate but first call those offices to verify you're doing things right.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,266
    Doesn't seem anyone has posted this question before, so here goes.

    I am an NJ resident. Here, when we trade in a car, we get a credit towards the tax of the car we are buying. So, in other words, if you are buying a $12k car and trading in a $12k car, you pay no tax.

    Now I'm looking to buy a car in Maryland and trade in my current vehicle. As above, if I did this in NJ, I'd pay no tax because my trade is worth more than the car we are purchasing. But how does this work with an out of state purchase? I'll get a bill of sale and have to register in NJ, at which time they'll want to charge me tax. Do I get some sort of "receipt" for the car I'm trading to use for the tax credit? Or does the fact I'm trading it in at an out-of-state dealership negate my credit?

    any info would be appreciated.

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • cccompsoncccompson Posts: 2,388
    Strongly suggest that you directly contact NJ officials to get a definitive answer.

    I will say though that I was quite surprised when, as an Ohio resident trading a car at a Kentucky dealership, I still got the Ohio sales tax credit on trade worth 16 and a new car price of 25. Paid tax only on the 9 grand difference. I just had the dealer handle all the paperwork. They inititally balked (wanting to give me the MSO) until I pointed out that it's their responsibility to deliver a title to me.
  • Whenever we do out of state deals people have always gotten the tax credit assuming their state has a tax credit.

    We do out of state deals for Mass all the time and I am doing one for NY right now. Guy is trading in a G35X worth about 10,000 more then the Volvo he is buying and so is paying no tax.

    Keep in mind that we usually do the out of state reg for the customer unless the customer is paying cash then we let the customer do the reg on their own.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,266
    thanks, BR, that's helpful.

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • fezofezo Manahawkin, NJPosts: 10,330
    Dang, you get nice trades!
    2013 Mazda 5 Grand Touring, 2010 Toyota Prius IV. 2007 Toyota Camry XLE, 2004 Toyota Camry LE, 1999 Mazda Miata
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 10,417
    "...I am doing one for NY right now. Guy is trading in a G35X worth about 10,000 more than the Volvo he is buying..."

    Lordy, them New Yorkers is dumb. Who would trade a G35 for a Volvo? Besides, if he wanted a Volvo I just saw one going into Manheim with "slight" body damage the other day. Should be on a local lot soon. :lemon:

    2015 Mustang GT, 2009 PT Cruiser, 2004 Chevy Van

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,266
    Heck, I'll do ya one better. I just traded a G35X for a Mazda! :b

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • Yeah but was yours a 2008 with 18,000 miles on it?

    That is what happen when their are job changes in a family and a 650 dollar a month payment just doesn't make sense anymore. With only 500 bucks out of pocket he more then cut his payment in half and got into a CPO Turbo AWD S40 with about two years and 35,000 miles of warranty.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,266
    Uhhh... no. Mine was quite a bit older.

    Our situation is another baby on the way. So I'm cutting our payments from 805/mo (G35X and XC90) to $325/mo (Mazda 5 and a to-be-named POS cash car). Fortunately, my wife gets a 4-year younger car with 30k fewer miles out of the deal, so it at least seems like a smart move. And we did manage to keep the deal in state, so I only paid tax on the $2k difference.

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • Did that deal on monday so we have the G35X now just haven't had a chance to drive it yet. Will probably get a chance to drive it thursday.
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