How to Buy a Car in Another State

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When you’re in the midst of searching for a new Land Rover, you may run into an instance where your favorite model is located at a dealership across state lines. In turn, you may be asking yourself, “Can I buy a car out of state?” The answer is yes! To help Wilmington shoppers secure the keys to their dream car, Land Rover Wilmington has created this helpful guide that covers the ins and outs of buying a car out of state. 

How to Register a Car Purchased in a Different State

When bringing your new car back home to Newark from across state lines, you’re probably wondering how to register the vehicle in the state you reside in. With a couple of documents and a quick trip to the DMV, adding your license plate on a vehicle that was taken over state lines is simple. Follow these steps to register your vehicle:

  1. Ask for a bill of sale that clearly lists the purchase price you paid, and then locate your local DMV using a website such as DMV Near Me.
  2. 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

Tell the DMV clerk that you purchased the car out of state with the intent of titling and registering it at your address.

  1. The clerk will most likely return your bill of sale, but they will keep your DE title and ask that you pay the appropriate difference in sales tax between the two states. 
  2. Keep an eye out for a new title that will be mailed to your address. 

Taxes and Fees on Out-of-State Cars

In addition to the price of the vehicle itself, buying a car in another state will often involve Middletown drivers paying additional fees that include:

  • Local sales tax
  • Difference between DE and other state’s sales tax
  • Any applicable processing fees at the DMV

You don’t have to worry about shelling out hundreds of extra dollars since this process is likely the same as if you were registering a new car from West Chester, PA. 

Land Rover Wilmington Makes Out-of-State Car-Buying Easy

Contact us if you have any additional questions regarding buying a car out of state or even if you’re wondering how to buy a car online. Our well-informed staff here at Land Rover Wilmington is always available to alleviate the stress of car-buying and help you secure the keys to the vehicle that’s perfect for you.

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