How to Buy a Car in Another State

Car dealer giving car key to buyer


Many car shoppers who visit our dealership from the West Bloomfield area often ask about buying a car in another state. This is a big question as many are nervous about registration, taxes, fees, and geography, along with the typical stress that goes with the car-buying process. The good news is, taking advantage of an excellent deal on a new Mercedes-Benz vehicle from across the state border is not that different from purchasing it in Bloomfield Hills. If you’re wondering, “Can I buy a car out of state?” and how to do that, we’re here to help! Check out this handy car-buying guide from the experts at Mercedes-Benz of Bloomfield Hills.

Registering a Car Bought in Another State

After buying a car out of state, you may be wondering how to register that car in the state you’re from. When adding a license plate on a car that’s been taken over state lines will require a few documents and a trip to your local DMV.

Ask for a bill of sale that has the purchase price you paid listed clearly and find your local DMV on a website like DMV Near Me. When you visit, be sure that you have the following items with you:

  • Bill of sale
  • Completed application for vehicle transaction form
  • Title of the vehicle signed by the previous owner
  • Lienholders’ names and address
  • Filled out odometer disclosure state for title transfer
  • Tax Form RUT-50 Private Party Vehicle Tax Transaction
  • Registration Fees
  • Proof of insurance
  • Proof of residency

Inform the clerk there that the vehicle was purchased out of state with the intent of titling and registering the vehicle at your address. 

  • The clerk will most likely return your bill of sale, but they will keep your out-of-state title and have you pay the appropriate difference in sales tax between the two states. 
  • Keep your eye on your mailbox for a new title.

Taxes and Fees on Out-of-State Cars

Your local sales tax, the difference between MI and the other states’ sales tax, and any applicable processing fees at your DMV are the only big payments required if you’re buying a car in another state. This process will most likely cost the same as if you were registering a new vehicle from Southfield.

Visit Mercedes-Benz of Bloomfield Hills!

Now that you know how to buy a car in another state, the team at Mercedes-Benz of Bloomfield Hills will help with all of your car-buying needs. We’ll make sure that your vehicle is the new Mercedes-Benz vehicle to enhance your Birmingham in a stress-free environment. Be sure to explore our new vehicle specials and get pre-approved for financing. Give us a call if you have any questions.

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