Tips for Buying a Car From Another State

Buying a car is an exciting time in a person’s life as they get to shop around to find the car of their dreams. However, depending on where you live, the selection of vehicles in your local area might be lacking. But instead of settling for the vehicles in your area, why not look at buying a car from another state?

In addition to different selection, the price or rates might be better. You might be able to save a bit of money. No matter what your reasoning is for buying a car out of state, there are a few things you can do to make sure the experience is as positive as possible. This article is going to take a closer look at a few tips for buying a car from another state.

Be Sure to Obtain a Vehicle History Report

Unless you plan on taking a long trip to visit and test drive the vehicle in person, it is a good idea to obtain a vehicle history report. There are many providers of these reports and they can give you a ton of helpful information such as accidents the vehicle has experienced, title information, odometer readings, service history and more. You cannot simply trust the seller as there is no way to know if they’re being honest or not.

All of this information can help you get a transparent look at the vehicle and you can see if it is worth pursuing or not. In addition to a vehicle history report, it is a good idea to find a way to get the car inspected by a third-party mechanic before it is purchased, to ensure it is in solid condition.

Decide on the Travel Logistics

While you can drive to travel to a different state to pick up a vehicle, that is definitely not the only way to get your new car to your home. Nowadays, many are opting for the convenience of auto shipping to get their new car to their driveway. Not only is it convenient, but it can also be quite affordable.

How much the shipping costs will depend on things like what the vehicle is, how long it is traveling, what shipping type you prefer and more. Depending where you are buying from, getting your car shipped to you can save money, time and make the entire situation much less stressful.

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Figure out Taxes and Insurance

While you might think you’re clever by buying a car from a state with no (or low) sales tax in hopes to save money, that isn’t the case. When you buy a car from out of state, you are responsible for paying the sales tax in the state that you actually register the vehicle.

In addition to taxes, you should also call your insurance provider and set up insurance for the vehicle before you actually purchase it. Some insurance providers will have clauses to cover newly purchased vehicles while others will not, so be sure to call. Things like this are easy to gloss over, forget or get confused about, so you need to make sure to figure them out before they become an issue.

We hope that this article has been able to help you ensure your out-of-state car sale goes swimmingly. Buying a car sight unseen without test driving or visiting it can be frightening for some. However, using tips like the ones in this article can help you protect yourself and make sure your car arrives in great shape.

Aaron Turpen
An automotive enthusiast for most of his adult life, Aaron has worked in and around the industry in many ways. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press (RMAP), the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA), the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA), and freelances as a writer and journalist around the Web and in print. You can find his portfolio at