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How to Buy a Car in Another State

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Drivers wondering how to buy a car in another state are often worried about the hassles that process might entail, but actually buying a new vehicle across the state border doesn’t have to be that different from purchasing in your home state. With that in mind, we’ve put together a quick guide to buying a car out of state. Simply read on for everything you need to know.

How to Register a Car Bought in Another State

Asking “Can I buy a car out of state?” is only the first question. New London area drivers also need to know how to register that vehicle in their home state. Luckily enough, adding your license plate to a vehicle that was taken over the state line requires nothing more than a trip to the DMV and some documents.

Make sure you get a bill of sale that clearly shows the purchase price, then go to your local DMV with the following items:

  • Bill of Sale
  • Completed Application for Vehicle Transaction
  • Vehicle Title (Signed by Previous Owner)
  • Name and Address of Lienholders
  • Filled Odometer Disclosure State for Title Transfer
  • Tax Form RUT-50 Private Party Vehicle Tax Transaction
  • Registration Fees
  • Proof of Insurance
  • Proof of Residency

You’ll need to make your DMV clerk aware you purchased the vehicle out of state with the intention of registering at your current address. They will keep the old state title and ask you to pay any difference in sales tax between the two states. You’ll then be sent your new title in the mail.

Working Out Taxes and Fees for Out-of-State Cars

The only major payments necessary beyond the purchase of your vehicle include the difference between state sales taxes and any DMV applicable processing fees, so you shouldn’t have to worry about spending hundreds of dollars. Buying a car in another state really is about as easy as picking up a new car in Branford.

Visit Our Westbrook Dealership for Any Further Advice on Buying a Car in Another State

Whether you’re a Middletown driver seeking a new vehicle or someone coming from another state, the team here at Westbrook Honda can be of assistance. Simply contact us today to find out more.


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