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First of all hello to all... Ive been thinking of getting an Armada for quite a while now. I am in the process of moving to AZ near Bullhead City from Riverside, CA. Has anyone experienced buying from another state lets say CA or NV? If so where do you pay the sales tax, the place where you bought it or where you register and use it? Theres only one Nissan Dealership close to where I'll be living at in AZ. The other ones are all in Nevada. And I have seen some good prices in San Diego, CA. Or should I try the internet like Carsdirect.com. Thanks
 

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The unfortunate bottom line is that you can't beat the tax man.

From the CA DMV webpage ... http://www.dmv.ca.gov/vr/osreg.htm#BM2559

"Existing law imposes a use tax on a vehicle purchased outside of California and brought into California within 90 days of purchase. New legislation effective October 1, 2004 through July 1, 2006 requires payment of use tax on a vehicle purchased outside California and brought into California within 365 days of the purchase date. "

Good news ... state tax already paid to another state is a credit toward this use tax.

It may just be easier to buy in California and do the paperwork once.
 

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Thanks,... I know I have to pay tax for it, just dont want to pay twice or maybe pay the lower one... I am thinking of buying in CA since I have found one that I'm looking for in one of the dealership website, but I will be registering it in AZ because I will be working there and I already have an address in AZ. So, I guess my question is can I just pick up a car in a CA dealership then drive it and register/pay the tax in AZ?
 

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You usually have to pay the sales tax rate for the state in which you title the vehicle, regardless of where you purchased it. I bought my Armada in Alabama and live in Mississippi. The Alabama dealer collected the Mississippi sales tax and then sent it to Mississippi. This can lead to delays in getting your title and tag, but did not in my case.

I bought a car for my wife in Lousiana and that dealer did delay sending the money to Mississippi. That caused me to miss the deadline for getting the vehicle titled and tag purchased and resulted in my having to pay a penalty for late registration. I eventually got the Louisiana dealer to pay me back for the delay penalty but it was a long ugly fight.

Every state is different, so check with your local vehicle registration office first before buying out of state just to make sure what the process will be.

For me buying out of state gave me more choices, made the dealers more competitive and I saved money.
 

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For me buying out of state gave me more choices, made the dealers more competitive and I saved money.

That's basically why I'm looking at purchasing out of state... The only Nissan dealership close to where I am at is the one at Lake Havasu, after that its all in Las Vegas. Thanks for your reply
 

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I wish some states were more forgiving than others. I bought my truck in florida (originally regestered there)then had to move to south carolina. If I hadn't been a military member, re-registering the mada here would have cost me more than $800!!! :eek:
 

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I had mine shipped from VA to FL for $500. You pay the tax when you register it. If the dealer is in VA and you live in FL, you should be able to register in FL while in VA. The dealer should be able to do this. This comes up all the time in the NYC area where three states all touch. ;)
 

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Double Taxation still happens...

I too live in South Carolina, and we have a bit of an odd system here...

You don't pay a huge sales tax upfront... there is a $300 limit on sales tax in the state. The kicker though, is that you pay an annual tax on all vehicles (just like you do on real estate). So, you save quite a bit of money on the upfront purchase, but you pay more over the long-haul because you pay property taxes every year on that vehicle. As the vehicle gets older, you pay less and less and eventually, after the car is 5 or 6 years old, the annual taxes are only like $100 or less. But annual taxes on a new car can be fairly steep... $800 or more on an expensive vehicle ($40k+).

The "Double" taxation comes when you move from another state... My wife bought her car in Ohio initially, where she paid the full sales tax, around $1500, when she bought the car. From that point on, she owed no more state taxes on that car in Ohio. But when she moved to South Carolina and registered her car, she had to start paying annual property taxes. So in essence... she paid the full tax up front, and a year or two later, she started paying it all over again, year after year.

The tax man will get you going and coming.
 
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