How to Buy a Car in Another State

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Our customers don’t just come from the Lexington area. In fact, many of them come from out of state. Is buying a car out of state difficult? What do you do about registration and taxes? You might even be wondering, “Can I buy a car out of state? Is that even allowed?”



Buying a car in another state is not as difficult as you might think. So, we’ve put together the guide below on how to buy a car in another state.

Can I Buy a Car Out of State?

Buying a car out of state is done all the time. We’ll provide all the documentation you need to get your car registered in your home state, even if you don’t live anywhere near the Columbia area. That doesn’t necessarily include any forms your home state may need you to fill out, of course. So, check with your DMV about any forms that may be required when buying a car in another state.

Can I Buy a Car Out of State and Just Register It in That State?

Just registering the car in the state it was purchased may seem like a simple solution. But, most states require their residents to register their vehicles with their DMVs within a specific period of time, even when buying a car in another state. Most states also post these requirements on their websites.

How to Buy a Car in Another State

The process for buying a car in another state is pretty similar in most states. Follow these steps:

How to Buy a Car in Another State

  1. Find your local DMV.
  2. Bring the following documentation:
    1. Bill of sale
    2. Completed application for vehicle transaction form
    3. Title of the vehicle signed by the previous owner
    4. Lienholders’ names and address
    5. Filled out odometer disclosure state for title transfer
    6. The appropriate tax form for your state
    7. Registration Fees
    8. Proof of insurance
    9. Proof of residency
  3. Tell the DMV clerk that you bought the car in another state with the intention of registering it in your state.
  4. You may have to pay the difference between sales tax in your state and the state in which you bought your car.
  5. Wait for the new title to arrive in the mail.

Check Out the Great Cars at Honda of Columbia

Drop by our dealership to find out why folks come from beyond Irmo, West Columbia, and yes, even from out of state to buy their cars from us. And don’t forget to check out our new vehicle specials. And, if you found this guide useful, check out our other car buying tips. We’re here to help, so feel free to contact us today!


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