How to Buy a Car in Another State

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If you are exploring our new vehicle lineup or used car inventory at Mercedes-Benz of St. Louis but you live out-of-state, you may be a bit overwhelmed by making a purchase. The good news is, if you found your dream car at our dealership in St. Louis, making an out of state purchase is actually quite simple. Find the answer to, “can I buy a car out of state?” in our guide below!

Buying a Car Out of State: Registration

Vehicle registration can be a challenge, even for local drivers who live in Clayton. If you’re buying a car out of state registration may be a concern. Luckily, you can learn how to file proper registration when buying a car in another state with these simple steps:

  1. Obtain a bill of sale with the purchase price listed and head to your local DMV.
  2. Notify the DMV clerk that you purchased your vehicle out of state with the intention of registering it at your home address. In addition to your bill of sale, be sure to bring a photo ID, proof of residency and proof of insurance with you.
  3. The DMV clerk will likely return the bill of sale to you but will hold on to the out-of-state title for their records. You will then have to pay the difference between the sales tax in your home-state and state of purchase.
  4. Keep an eye on your mailbox for your new title to arrive.

Buying a Car Out of State: Taxes and Fees

When buying a car out of state you will need to pay your local sales tax, the difference between the tax in the dealership state and your state’s sales tax, and any applicable processing fees at your DMV. Otherwise, the registration process is virtually the same as buying a car down the street.

Learn More About How to Buy a Car in Another State With Mercedes-Benz of St. Louis

Now that you know how to go about buying a car in another state, you can turn to Mercedes-Benz of St. Louis for additional car buying tips! Our friendly staff is also here to help you make decisions, like picking between a new or used vehicle. Get in touch with us today to learn more!


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