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Tips for Purchasing a Car Out of State

Tips for Purchasing a Car Out of State

Whether you want a specific model or a certain year, looking to buy the perfect car can sometimes lead you to search outside your home state. There is nothing wrong with this, but you will have to navigate all the minor inconveniences that come with that decision. There are different laws and taxes that apply, or knowing how to ensure you are getting what you need as a customer can be difficult. To help you get your car, read up on these tips for purchasing a car out of state.

Check the Vehicle History

One of the first things you should do is check the vehicle’s history. You want to use a company that reports on the car’s past to ensure you are getting what you want. These experts can tell you what the car has been through and whether you are looking at the car you want. The report can also warn you of any legal situations, such as a recall, that might affect your car after purchase.

Perform an Inspection

The second task you should go through is an inspection of the vehicle. If you can make the trip yourself, find a mechanic to perform a driving test on the car. This will protect you from buying a car that will not suit your needs. If you are unable to make the trip yourself, you can find a local mechanic near the car to run a test on it before you make the purchase.

Review State Laws

Most states have very similar laws when it comes to cars, but there are always some differences. That is why you should look up the laws of where you are buying the car as well as the laws of your home state. You do not want to get in trouble with the law without even knowing why. That is why you need to do your research.

Consider Shipping

Getting a car in another state means you will have to move it wherever you need it to be. There are multiple ways of doing this but shipping your car is the best method. Though the cost might change depending on some factors, driving it yourself can cause a lot of wear on the car before you even get it home.

These are just the major tips for purchasing a car out of state. There are other things you can do to protect yourself. It can be a good idea to research the state taxes that might apply as well because, just like laws, they can change.

Emily Joswiak
Author: Emily Joswiak

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