Buy Out of State


The thought of buying a car from a different state can be off-putting for some folks, but it doesn’t have to be that way. After all, if you’ve found your dream car but it’s located across the state line, why wait with the hope that a similar deal will come up close to home? If you really want a particular model outfitted with specific equipment, you run the risk of missing out on getting exactly what you want if you wait. If you have any hesitation about buying a car in a different state, this page will show you that it’s really no different from buying a car where you live.


Why Buy in Another State?

You might live close to border of a state where dealers could be offering some seriously attractive incentives. This opens up the possibility of saving way more than if you bought from a dealer closer to your home. What’s more, car manufacturers establish rebates – or partial refunds – based on supply and demand within different markets, meaning one state may carry rebates that another state doesn’t. It might be the case that in your home state the car you want doesn’t carry any rebate offers, while it does in a neighboring state.


What You Should Know

When buying out of state, you should be aware of a few important things, the first of which is tax requirements. The sales tax on a vehicle all depends on where you register it, not where you buy it. This tends to trip up customers who’ve incorrectly assumed they need to pay the sales tax twice: for both the state they buy in as well as the state they reside in. You also need to be aware of emissions clearance when you buy in another state. Like taxes, emissions requirements on your vehicle must comply with your home state’s standards, so it’s in your best interest to make sure the car you purchase can pass the necessary inspections before you seal the deal.

California has the strictest emissions standards in the country. Through the California Air Resources Board (CARB), many other states have since followed suit, including Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York. When the sale is complete and it’s time for you to drive your new vehicle home, you will be provided with a temporary registration until you register it at the motor vehicles department in your home state and get your permanent plates. Many states will give you a grace period before the official registration needs to be done.


Final Notes

A vehicle sale requires a fair bit of paperwork, but Balise Nissan of West Springfield takes care of all of that for you – something third-party private sellers generally do not. We are a full-service dealership, and our goal is for you to have a relaxing and pleasant transaction from start to finish. If you have any questions that we haven’t answered here, don’t hesitate to give us a call for additional assistance. We’re always here for you.