How to Buy a Car in Another State

Couple Buying A Car in Another State

Have you ever wondered, “can I buy a car out of state?” Buying a car out of state is very possible! If you’re searching for a vehicle with Rocky's Auto Credit, but don’t live in Arizona, don’t be worried about whether the car process will be difficult. Hassle with registration, taxes, and additional fees shouldn’t stop you from finding the perfect vehicle to enhance your Phoenix commutes. With a dealership like Rocky's Auto Credit on your side, buying a car in another state can be a simple process. Learn more about how to buy a car in another state with us below. Then, check out our extensive inventory to find the model you’re looking for!


Registering a Car Bought in Another State

‘Can I buy a car out of state?’ is an emphatic yes for Glendale drivers. Buying a car out of state requires only a few documents and a trip to the DMV. If you don’t live in Arizona, there are a few simple steps to take to register your new vehicle in your home state after leaving our Mesa dealership:

  1. After buying a car from out of state, ask for a bill of sale with the purchase price clearly listed. Find your local DMV with a simple google search.
  2. With the bill of sale, you will also need a photo ID, proof of residency, and proof of insurance when you visit the DMV. Tell the clerk you purchased your vehicle in a different state with the intent of titling and registering it at your address.
  3. The DMV clerk will return your bill of sale, but will hold onto the title from the state where the dealership is located. Then you will be asked to pay the difference in sales tax.
  4. Your new title will arrive in the mail at your Tempe address.

Taxes and Fees on Buying a Car in Another State

Besides the purchase price of your new vehicle, there will be only a few extra payments you’ll have to make:

  • Your local sales tax
  • Difference in the tax in the dealership state and your state’s sales tax
  • Any DMV processing fees

Buying a car out of state doesn’t mean spending hundreds of extra dollars – the registration price is the same as if you lived in Arizona. Looking for more car buying tips? Learn more about liability insurance coverage with our finance team. 

Find Your Next New Vehicle with Rocky's Auto Credit

Buying a car from another state can be a simple process. Don’t hesitate to contact us at Rocky's Auto Credit in Mesa to learn more about how to buy a car in another state. We’re here to help you! Apply for financing and find out if you’re pre-approved today!

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