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How to Buy an Out-of-State Vehicle

Last updated 6 years ago

When it comes to used car sales, a lot of people may feel as though their choices are limited. They’ve visited their fair share of dealerships, only to find that they can’t find what they’re looking for. Maybe they can’t find the right make or model, or maybe they just want a wider variety or better prices. No matter what the reason, these people end up feeling as if they have to settle for something other than what they want. Luckily, buying an out-of-state vehicle offers you a greater selection, so you can find exactly what you’re looking for.

Purchasing a used car from another state may seem confusing or difficult to accomplish, but it doesn’t have to be as long as you are prepared. Here are some tips to help you buy an out-of-state vehicle:

  • Find your car dealership. You can do some simple online searches to find credible and high-quality dealerships in your desired area. Then you will be able to start looking through inventories to find your perfect car.


  • Research tax and registration. Each state has its own laws regarding taxing and registration for out-of-state vehicles. Contact your local motor vehicle department in order to find out what you need to do to legally drive the car in your state.


  • Get an inspection. You can hire an auto mechanic in the area to inspect your vehicle for any damage or imperfections that you were not made aware of.


  • Decide if you want your car shipped to you or if you’ll go pick it up. Most people choose to fly to the area and pick the car up themself so they can see it and test drive it before purchasing, but if you have a trusted party in that state, you can have them pick it and drive it to you.


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If you’re interested in buying an out-of-state vehicle, then you’ll love the selection here at Athans Motors. We offer special deals for our out-of-state clients to make the purchasing process as smooth and easy as possible. We’re also the best place to go for Mercedes Benz repair, BMW repair and service, and Porsche repair and service. Contact us to learn why we’re the dealership to work with, even if you’re from out of town!


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