How to buy

Asked by Apr 17, 2017 at 11:24 AM

Question type: Car Selling & Trading In

What is the safest way to buy a car listed on CarGurus since the car is in a
different state. Thanks

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The best thing would be, never buy a car sight unseen. Also there could be some safety in buying from a new car dealership, but buying from a used car lot or an individual can be very risky.

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I've bought two cars long distance. Rule number one, have it inspected by a professional inspection company! I've used with excellent results. Get shipping quotes. I've used with excellent results. Once you've done that, contact the dealer and let them know that you want to buy the vehicle (if everything is good, of course) and that you'll be sending a bank draft for the agreed upon purchase price. You will NOT pay sales tax at this time. You will pay sales tax to your home State when you title and register it. It will then be your State's responsibility to pay the sales tax due to the State where the vehicle was sold. For example, in 2012 I bought my '94 Fleetwood in North Carolina. I lived in New Jersey. I had the car inspected, negotiated the price over the phone and sent a bank draft for the full purchase price of the car. Since I was going to be driving it home to New Jersey I faxed the Dealer a copy of my Driver's license and insurance company information. When I arrived in North Carolina I signed the agreement of sale paperwork, showed them proof of insurance, and was issued a North Carolina temporary license plate. When I got the car home and did the title transfer and registration I paid the 7% sales tax to New Jersey. New Jersey then sent North Carolina their share of the sales tax. It was all very painless. HTH. -Jim

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