Buying Out of State


The process of buying a vehicle out of state is not as difficult as you might expect. With a variety of misconceptions and concerns ranging from having to pay double the state sales tax to getting the car registered, some people turn away from the idea of shopping over state lines. But here at Balise Hyundai of Cape Cod, we want to let you know that it's actually a simple procedure. Since many of our buyers come from states like Connecticut and Rhode Island, we can assure you that it's a simple process.

Below you'll find some of the most common concerns among out-of-state buyers along with reassuring explanations. Should you have any questions that we haven't addressed here, don't hesitate to get in touch with one of our sales representatives, who will be more than happy to further clarify this information.


Sales Tax and Registration Requirements

As mentioned above, many vehicle shoppers mistakenly believe that if they purchase from our dealership they'll need to pay the sales tax from Massachusetts and the sales tax from their home state. Well here's some good news: the only sales tax you need to worry about is what's due in your home state. That's it. Also, while your vehicle will need to be registered back home, we can provide you with a temporary registration to get you on your way (you'll have a few days' grace period to complete registration). When you do go to get it registered, you'll need to bring the proof of insurance and a bill of sale (plus the vehicle's title if you've bought it outright and haven't financed it) to a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) location in your state. This is expected in RI, but if you come from another state, be sure to check with your local DMV before you go to get your car registered.


Emissions Standards
A less common concern among out of state buyers - but one of the most important - has to do with vehicle emissions standards. California, ever the benchmark for environmental responsibility, started the trend with their strict emission requirements back in 1966. Since then, many states have followed in their footsteps under what is now called the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Massachusetts is a member of CARB, as are New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. As a result, any vehicle sold in either of these states must meet CARB's emissions standards.

In contrast, if you were to buy a car from New Hampshire, which is not a CARB state, you'd run the risk of purchasing a vehicle with low or no emission requirements that could potentially keep you from owning and operating in your home state. If you were to buy from our Cape Cod dealership, though, you can rest assured that you'll be able to enjoy your new set of wheels in any state risk-free.

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