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How to Buy a Car in Another State

Some out-of-state car shoppers come to Nyle Maxwell GMC wondering how to buy a car in another state, or if buying a car out of state is even possible. Others are worried about how to deal with taxes, fees, registration, and other necessary components of the car buying process. We’re here to provide reassurance that yes, you can buy a car in another state. What’s more, we’re here to help you through the process! Here at Nyle Maxwell GMC in Round Rock, we’re here for you. Contact us anytime with questions!



Registering a Car You Purchased Out of State

If you’ve recently purchased or are thinking of buying a car in Texas here at Nyle Maxwell GMC, your premier Cedar Park-area GMC dealership, and you now need to figure out how to register it in your home state, here’s what to do to transfer your plates:

  1. Ask us for a bill of sale that has the purchase price you paid listed clearly and find your local DMV on a website such as DMV Near Me.
  2. When you visit your local DMV, make sure you bring these things along with you:
    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. Tax Form RUT-50 Private Party Vehicle Tax Transaction
    7. Registration Fees
    8. Proof of insurance
    9. Proof of residency
  3. Tell the customer service representative at your local DMV that you bought the car out of state with the intent of titling and registering it at your home address.
    1. The clerk will probably return your bill of sale, but they will keep your title, and ask that you pay any difference in sales tax between the two states. 
    2. You’ll receive a new title in your home state by mail. So be on the lookout for that.

Dealing with Taxes and Fees on Out-of-State Cars

What will you need to pay when buying a car in another state?

  • Your local sales tax
  • The difference between TX and your home states’ sales tax
  • Any applicable processing fees at your DMV

The registration process will likely be the same or very similar to if you were to register and title your car in Austin or Pflugerville, TX like many of our local customers. 

Buying A Car Out of State: It’s Easier Than You’d Have Thought!

Now that you’ve done a little digging, we hope we’ve been able to answer your question “Can I buy a car in another state?”. The answer, of course, is yes, you can. What’s more, it shouldn’t take too much extra effort as compared to buying a car in the state where your dealership is located. That said, you’ll want to be prepared for some potential extra expense and minimally more effort. That said, many out-of-state car shoppers save money by crossing state lines. See how much you can save today by checking out our new vehicles for sale and our new vehicle specials!

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