How to Buy a Car in Another State

Car-buying paperwork

Some drivers are who are shopping for a new vehicle but run into the issue that it’s located across state lines. Here at Pride Kia of Lynn, we’re often asked, “Can I buy a car out of state?” and the answer is yes! Buying a car out of state is a fairly simple process once you know how registration, taxes, fees, and other key details are handled. We’ve put together this helpful guide on how to buy a car in another state for Saugus and Peabody shoppers. 

How to Register a Car You Bought in Another State

One of the keys steps in buying a car in another state is getting it registered. Luckily, adding your license plate on a vehicle that was taken over state lines only requires a few documents and a quick trip to your Salem area 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

Notify the DMV clerk that you purchased the vehicle 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 MA 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.

Buying a Car Out of State: Taxes and Fees 

Local sales tax, the difference between MA’s sales tax and your home state’s sales tax, and any applicable processing fees at your DMV are the only other expenses that will need to be paid, aside from your vehicle’s purchase price. Thus, the process and payments required when buying a car in another state are quite similar, if not the same as buying a car in the state where you reside. 

Shop for a New Car at Pride Kia of Lynn Today!

As you can see, when it comes to buying a car out of state, the process is quite seamless. If you have any additional questions about how to buy a car in another state, please feel free to contact us and we’ll be more than happy to guide you through the process. Of course, when it comes time to upgrade your Salem ride, you can always rely on the experts here at Pride Kia of Lynn to help you secure the keys. Be sure to browse our new Kia specials and pre-owned vehicle specials to secure a great deal on your desired vehicle. 


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