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How to Buy a Car in Another State

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One big concern with many Fort Payne, Alabama drivers is how to buy a car in another state. If you’re a little anxious about registration, fees, and taxes out of state, don’t worry. Mtn. View Chevrolet is here to help! Whether you’re in Chattanooga or Ooltewah, we can help you buy a car out of state. Read our handy guide below, and never again wonder, “Can I buy a car out of state?” Then, once you’re finished reading, contact us to take the next step!

Registering a Car Bought in Another State

When you buy a car in another state, you must register it in your state. Fortunately, it’s a pretty straightforward process and requires only a few documents and a trip to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Follow the steps below.

  1. Ask for a bill of sale that shows the purchase price you paid on it, and locate the closest DMV on a website like DMV Near Me.
  2. When you go to the DMV, take the following items with you:
    1. Bill of sale
    2. Proof of residency in the state where you live
    3. Your completed vehicle transaction form
    4. Title of your new vehicle signed by the previous owner
    5. The Lienholders’ name and address if you have a loan on it
    6. Filled out odometer disclosure
    7. Tax Form RUT-50 Private Party Vehicle Tax Transaction
    8. Money to pay registration fees
    9. Proof of insurance

Inform the DMV clerk that you purchased the vehicle out of state with the intent of titling and registering it in your home state.

  1. The clerk will likely return your bill of sale, but keep your Tennessee title.
  2. The clerk will ask you to pay the difference in sales tax between the two states. Check your mailbox for your new title.

Taxes and Fees on Out-of-State Cars

You don’t pay the Vehicle sales tax of the state you buy the car in, but the Vehicle sales tax of the state you’ll be registering the vehicle in.

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