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How to Buy a Car in Another State

2022 INFINITI QX50 on highway

If you’ve found a new INFINITI online, but it’s across state lines in Vermont or New Hampshire, you’re likely wondering, “Can I buy a car out of state?” Yes, you can! In fact, purchasing a vehicle in another state is not that different from purchasing a vehicle here in Warwick. To help you navigate buying a car in another state, the INFINITI of Warwick team has put together this helpful guide, so you can get behind the wheel of your dream INFINITI. 



How to Register a Car Purchase in a Different State 

When driving home in a vehicle that’s purchased in a Massachusetts or Connecticut, it’s simple to register it in Rhode Island. All you need to do is gather a few documents and make a trip to the DMV: 

  1. Ask for a bill of sale that clearly notes the price that you paid for the vehicle. Then, find your local DMV on a website like DMV Near Me.
  2. When you visit your local DMV, you’ll need the following items:
    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

Inform the DMV clerk that you’ve purchased the car in a different state with the intent of titling and registering it at your address.

  1. The clerk will likely return your bill of sale, but they will keep your Rhode Island title and ask you to pay the difference in sales tax between the two states. 
  2. Your new title will arrive in the mail.

Taxes and Fees on Out-of-State Cars

When buying a car out of state, there are certain costs associated with this purchase. Your local sales tax, the difference between Rhode Island and other states’ sales tax, and any applicable processing fees at your DMV are the only major payments that you will need to make. So, if you’re interested in buying a car out of state, you don’t have to worry about spending hundreds of extra dollars. This is because the price is likely going the same as if you were registering a car purchased in Providence or Coventry. 

Shop with INFINITI of Warwick for a New or Used INFINITI

Whether you’re in the market for a new or used INFINITI for sale near Cranston, the team here at INFINITI of Warwick is ready to help you every step of the way. Visit our showroom in Warwick to speak with a member of our team. Or, check out our car buying tips where you can find more helpful guides to learn whether you should buy or lease, how to trade in a car, and so much more! 


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