How to Buy a Car in Another State

One of the chief concerns Minnesota drivers bring to Bernard's Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is how difficult they think buying new or used cars from a neighboring state might be. Anxiety about registration, taxes and fees, and geography, along with general car-buying worry often make out-of-state car buying particularly stressful. But there’s little need to worry: Taking advantage of a great deal on a car you love across a state border isn’t far removed from doing so in your own town. Follow this handy guide from our dealership in New Richmond, and learn the few quirks you need to know for a successful purchase.

Registering a Car Bought in Another State

When you drive home a new car for sale in Wisconsin, likely the first question you’ll have is how to register it in Minnesota. And thankfully, putting your license plate on a vehicle taken over state lines only requires a few pieces of documentation and a trip to the DMV:

  1. Ask for a bill of sale with the purchase price you paid listed clearly and find your local DMV on a website like DMV Near Me.
  2. Along with your bill of sale, bring a photo ID, proof of residency, and proof of insurance when you visit, and let your DMV clerk know you purchased the car out of state with the intent of titling and registering it at your address in Minnesota.
  3. Your clerk will likely return your bill of sale, but will keep your Wisconsin title and ask you to pay the appropriate difference in sales tax between the two states. 
  4. Keep your eye on your mailbox for a new Minnesota title.

Taxes and Fees on Out-of-State Cars

Your local sales tax, the difference between Wisconsin and Minnesota sales tax, and any applicable processing fees at your DMV are the only extraneous payments you’ll need to make beyond the purchase price of your new car, truck, van, or SUV should you choose to buy in Wisconsin. So don’t fret about spending hundreds of extra dollars – the process is likely identical for registering a new car from down the block. (Unfortunately, you’ll probably spend no less time in line than you would otherwise!)

Things to Do in New Richmond

It’s not a trivial challenge for busy people to find the time to get over to our dealership in the Hudson area, but it’s a lot less inconvenient than you might think. For one, we aren’t much farther out of town than many local dealers you’ll find in Minnesota. And once you’re here, there are plenty of things to do in New Richmond, like our own North Pole 2019 this winter. Plan a trip with your family, or bring a tent and camp out nearby on your own – just check out our New Richmond Guide to plan your trip. 

Bernard's Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Is Your Trust Interstate Car Dealer

Amery drivers already know Bernard's Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram has the best deals on new and used Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram for sale in the area. That’s reason enough for you to get to know our new car inventory, and visit our dealership in New Richmond, Wisconsin. Contact us, and speak with our knowledgeable salespeople and friendly finance experts to get the guidance you need to make a confident purchase decision.

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