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You’re reading this blog, which means you’ve found our website. We’re glad you did and hope you’ll check in with us frequently! Just as you’ve found our website, there’s a chance you will find your ideal car when you are online car shopping. In a perfect world, you’ll find your ideal car at the right price on our extensive inventory listing or at another location nearby. However, there’s a slim chance you’ll locate the car of your dreams in another state. If that’s the case, there are important steps to take before you go car shopping out of state.

How do out of state car deals work?

Common Sense Considerations When Shopping Online

Whether you are buying a cell phone, a pair of shoes or a car, “buyer beware” is especially important when shopping remotely. If you live in New Jersey and find a car in Michigan, you’re probably relying heavily on photos and trust when deciding to buy. It’s wise to ask the seller to provide a detailed, zoom-in video of all components of the car you’re considering and then have a trusted local pro review the footage for any red flags.

The Fine Print You Need to Know About Buying a Car Out of State

If you’re still asking yourself, “How do out of state car deals work?” you are not ready to buy a car out of state. First, you need to learn about the additional requirements you’ll need to meet before you can complete the transaction. Requirements vary from state to state, but here are some general requirements.

  • Most states require a valid, passing smog and emissions inspection before they will issue a title and register an out-of-state vehicle.
  • Many states require a passing safety inspection before they will issue a title and register an out-of-state vehicle.
  • You must pay sales tax to the state in which you’ll register your car (ie: the state where you live).
  • Most states require insurance of some kind before they will issue a title and registration and allow you to legally drive a car.
  • If you’re buying your car from a private seller rather than a dealer, you will be responsible for transferring the title and completing the required vehicle registration paperwork.

Find out what's involved when buying a car out of state.

Three Important Ways DeBoer’s Helps You Seal Your Out-of-state Deal

If all of these requirements seem daunting, do not let them deter you from your ideal car. Partner with the pros at DeBoer’s Auto Sales & Service. We would love to sell you a car from our onsite inventory, but we absolutely will help you complete an out-of-state deal. Specifically, we will:

  • Collect the sales tax for the state where the sale will occur.
  • Handle all of the registration and titling requirements.
  • Give you a temporary license plate that will be valid for 20 days, enough time for us to pay the sales tax owed to the state where you bought the car and complete all registration and title work.  

Maybe you are looking for a specific year, make and model and find it in great condition, with low mileage out of state. Maybe you have identified a deal that’s too good to pass up on a car in another state. Either way, you can count on us at DeBoer’s Auto Sales and Service in Hamburg to help you navigate the red tape and paperwork that comes with an out-of-state car purchase. Contact us today and we’ll help you secure the car of your dream regardless of where it’s located!

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Bill DeBoer

Written by Bill DeBoer

William J. DeBoer (Bill Jr.) is Co-owner and Vice President at DeBoer’s Auto. As the company’s General Manager, Bill has been responsible for bringing innovations in daily operations to the full-service, high-tech auto repair facility for 20+ years. Passionate about computers from an early age, Bill’s interest in technology gravitated to cars while he was in college. By obtaining a Certificate in Automotive Technology followed by a B.S. in Business Management from Penn State, Bill was able to fuse his interests into a car technology specialization and join the family business shortly thereafter.