How to Buy a Car in Another State

Car-buying paperwork

If you’re wondering, “Can I buy a car in another state”, Mazda of Jackson can help. Our finance team will make cutting the red tape quick and painless so you can drive home to Brandon in an expatriate model of your choice. 

Madison drivers considering buying a car out of state may be worried about the red tape involved—including taxes, fees, and the usual hassle of car registration. Buying a car in another state doesn’t have to be stressful; if you’ve found a budget-friendly model across state lines, we can help you get it home. Learn more about how to buy a car in another state with our quick guide to the process. We’ll walk you through registering your car, taxes and fees, and more. Contact us if you have any questions. 


Registering a Car Bought in Another State

Learning how to buy a car in another state starts with understanding car registration. Even though this happens after you’ve bought the car, this is an essential step to legally driving your new or used car around Ridgeland. Registering a car in your home state is simple; with a few documents and a trip to the DMV, you’ll have your car registered in no time. 

  1. Request the bill of sale from the dealership you bought the vehicle from, stating the exact price you paid. Bring it with you to your nearest DMV, which you can find with DMV Near Me.
  2. Bring the following documents with you to the DMV.
    1. Bill of sale
    2. Proof of residency
    3. Completed application for vehicle transaction form
    4. Proof of insurance
    5. Lienholders’ names and address
    6. Tax Form RUT-50 Private Party Vehicle Tax Transaction
    7. Title of the vehicle signed by the previous owner
    8. Filled out odometer disclosure state for title transfer
    9. Registration Fees

Inform the DMV clerk that you bought the car out of state to register it at your home address. 

  1. The clerk will likely return the BOS to you, but keep the other state’s title. They will instruct you how much you owe, being the difference between your home state’s sales tax and where you bought it. 
  2. Your new title will be mailed to you. 

Buying a Car in Another State: Taxes and Fees

Buying a car out of state isn’t as difficult or costly as it sounds. Beyond the vehicle’s purchase price, your only other expenses are local sales tax, processing fees, and the difference between your home state’s sales tax and the state you bought the vehicle.

Now that you know how to buy a car in another state browse our used and certified pre-owned SUVs, cars, and trucks for deals on popular models no matter where you’re.

Browse Our New and Used Inventory Today at Mazda of Jackson

We’ve answered, “Can I buy a car in another state,” and walked you through registering your vehicle and paying applicable taxes. We can also tell you where Mazda is from and more! Browse our inventory online to find the deals you want, whether you live in Jackson or across the country. Apply for financing online to get started.

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