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How to Buy a Car in Another State

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One of the top concerns for Gurnee drivers is how difficult they think buying a car 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. However, you can take advantage of great deals on one of our low-mileage used vehicles across the state border as well as on the models in your own town. Check out our guide below, and do your car shopping at our used Honda dealership in Highland Park!

Registering a Car Bought in Another State

When driving home to Chicago in a new car for sale, you may be wondering how to register it in Illinois. Thankfully, putting your license plate on a vehicle brought over state lines only requires a few pieces of documentation as well as 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.
  3. Your clerk will likely return your bill of sale, but will keep your Illinois 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 Illinois title.

Taxes and Fees on Out-of-State Cars

Your local sales tax, the difference between Illinois and the sales tax of the state you bought the car in, 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 Illinois.

Muller Honda Pre-Owned Is Your Trusted Interstate Car Dealer

Muller Honda Pre-Owned has some of the best deals on new and used Honda for sale in the area. Be sure to check out our new and used vehicle inventory, used vehicle specials, and more before taking your favorite model home to Gurnee. Have questions in the meantime about our financing options or even how to remove a cosigner from a car loan? Don’t hesitate to contact us. Our finance team is ready to help you get the right deal for your next Honda model.


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