Buying A Car Out Of State: The Beginner’s Guide

Posted in February 18th, 2019
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The world of car buying is as wonderful as it is perilous. With so many things to consider in a car, it’s easy to miss the small details. What makes matters worse is that there already are a lot of things that you have to look out for when you’re buying a car personally. That fact is further pronounced when you decide to purchase vehicles from out of state.

Buying a car out of state is no easy task and it is indeed risky. However, it is justified in instances like when you’ve found a great deal online, or when you see a car that you’ve been wanting to buy for quite some time that isn’t available for sale in your state.

Now, it goes without saying that this process will require that you understand the risks and that you’ve been diligent enough to actually do some research. So, now that that’s been established, these are some pointers that should help you with your out-of-state car purchase. This article also assumes that you’ve already been able to secure the funds necessary to push through with the purchase, whether it’s straight from your savings, a deferred payment, or through title loans.
Confirm Your Transaction In Writing

Whether you’re having the car shipped to you or you’re driving to the car, you’re going to want to make sure that all the pieces are in place. You don’t want to go through the trouble of trying to get the vehicle to you only to find out that someone purchased it right from under you. Make sure to fill out the necessary paperwork to seal the deal.
Ascertain The Car’s History

While it may sound impossible at first, given that the car isn’t physically present, you can instead order a vehicle history report from one of the many companies that specialize in searching for and examining car histories. This is going to save you a lot of trouble in the long run, and a trip out of state if the car turns out to be not quite as advertised.
Process Car Title and Well As Car Registration

Generally, if you’re buying the car from a dealership, then they’re more likely than not going to handle all the paperwork for you, which will allow you to secure a temporary title. You’re also going to need this even if you’re planning on having the car shipped to you, because the car shipping company is going to require that you provide them with it for proof that you are indeed the car’s owner.
Learn State Policies

As you may have already correctly surmised, policies are going to vary depending on what state your car is located in. A quick search on Google is going to go a very long way in this regard. Knowing the policies on newly-purchased vehicles in a particular state is going to save you a lot of trouble, especially since these policies encompass things such as taxes, emission levels, the requirement (or lack thereof) of a pre-purchase safety check, and insurance.