Can I Buy a Car Out of State?

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When you’re searching for the specific vehicle of your dreams with certain options and features, sometimes you may not find it locally to you around Pekin. Fortunately, it’s easy to search for a variety of cars across the country to locate the exact one that fits your needs. But, can you buy a car out of state in the first place? Buying a car in another state is entirely possible. However, there are some nuances involved with buying a car out of state that you should be aware of.



Fortunately, it’s not complicated, and our experts at BMW of Peoria are here to help you learn how to buy a car in another state. If you’re not located in Peoria near our dealership, and you’re elsewhere across the state borders, we’re more than happy to help you purchase one of our new or pre-owned vehicles from across the state lines. Learn more with us today!

Buying a Car in Another State: Taxes & Fees

Now that we’ve answered, “Can I buy a car out of state?”, it’s important that you understand how taxes and fees work when you are buying a car in another state. When you’re buying a car out of state, you’re responsible for paying your local sales tax in the Dunlap area, the difference between the state you reside in, and the sales tax in the state you purchased the vehicle from as well as other applicable fees. Fortunately, all you need to do is obtain the necessary paperwork and bring it to your local DMV where they can let you know what the taxes and fees may look like.

How to Buy a Car in Another State

When you’re heading back home to Galesburg after purchasing a vehicle out of state, you may be wondering how registration works. Fortunately, it’s a simple and straightforward process if you have the necessary paperwork. Here’s how to buy a car in another state and what the process looks like to get it registered correctly:

  1. Make sure you have a bill of sale with the purchase price clearly listed.
  2. Locate your local DMV, and bring the following documents: bill of sale, completed vehicle transaction form, vehicle title signed by the previous owner, completed odometer disclosure for title transfer, tax forms, proof of insurance, proof of residency, and more. Reach out to your local DMV for the exact documentation you need.
  3. Inform the DMV clerk that you purchased the vehicle out of state and need to have it titled to your address in the state.
  4. You’ll likely be requested to pay the difference between the sales tax for the two states.
  5. You will likely be mailed a new title.

Buying a Car Out of State Is Easy With BMW of Peoria!

Are you located out of state and need to purchase a vehicle from our dealership in Peoria? Reach out to our team at BMW of Peoria today for assistance! We’ll make the purchasing process as simple as possible and answer any questions you may have. We look forward to working with you.


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