How to Buy a Car in Another State

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Many people come to us wondering how to buy a car in another state. Here at Olathe Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, we’re happy to provide answers to this common concern. Wondering about how registration, taxes, and fees, and geography factor into the process? Let us help! Here’s a handy guide you can use to initiate a successful out-of-state purchasing experience. Looking for a new vehicle now at our Olathe Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, KS dealership? Browse our current new inventory now!

How to Register a Car You Bought in Another State

If you’ve purchased a vehicle in KS already or are considering doing so from us here at Olathe Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, you’re probably wondering what to do about the registration process. Adding your license plate on a vehicle that was taken over state lines only requires a few documents and a trip to the DMV:

  1. Request a bill of sale that has the purchase price you paid listed clearly and then find your local DMV on a website such as DMV Near Me.
  2. When you take a trip to your nearest DMV office, be sure you have the following items with you:
    1. Bill of sale
    2. Completed application for vehicle transaction form
    3. Title of the vehicle signed by the previous owner
    4. Lienholders’ names and address
    5. Filled out odometer disclosure state for title transfer
    6. Tax Form RUT-50 Private Party Vehicle Tax Transaction
    7. Registration Fees
    8. Proof of insurance
    9. Proof of residency

Tell the DMV clerk that you bought the car out of state with the intent of titling and registering it at your current legal address.

  1. The clerk will most likely return your bill of sale, but they will keep your KS title, and ask that you pay the appropriate difference in sales tax between the two states. 
  2. Keep your eye on your mailbox for a new title.

Taxes and Fees for Out-of-State Vehicles

Local sales tax, the difference between KS’s sales tax and your home state’s sales tax, and any applicable processing fees at your DMV are the only major payments that you will be required to make in addition, of course, to the purchase price of your vehicle. In that regard, the process and payments required when buying a car in another state are more or less the same as buying a car in the same state you live in.

Visit Olathe Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram or Shop Online Today!

Looking for a Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Wagoneer for a great price? Sometimes, shopping out-of-state is the best way to achieve a good deal! Of course, here at Olathe Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, it also helps that we offer plenty of offers and incentives, not to mention specially discounted CDJR vehicles in KS. Give us a call at (913) 755-9611 now to learn more, otherwise feel free to shop online for what you need. Alternately, you’re more than welcome to visit us from out of state in person for superior customer service and great prices!


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