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Old Yesterday, 11:30 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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Basicallly, just plate and title the car in a plausible state where you can defensibly claim legal residence. Ideally, in the name of a trusted family member, in a state that has no annual safety or emission inspection. So you don't have to go back every year for a sticker.
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Basicallly, just plate and title the car in a plausible state where you can defensibly claim legal residence. Ideally, in the name of a trusted family member, in a state that has no annual safety or emission inspection. So you don't have to go back every year for a sticker.
This is not true. If you are the owner of the car, you need to register it in your name at your residence. You cannot use a family member's residence if it is not your own.
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Old Today, 12:33 AM
 
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Need help and advice on this situation;

I want to buy a used car from a dealer in CA. Because I am willing to pay cash for it, the dealer said he can give me the title and I can register the car in AZ myself. He cannot let me drive it off the lot, but I will need to have it ship it to AZ because once I drive it off the lot, he has to charge me sales tax (I'm fine with this). He cannot give me a bile of sale as "private sale" but has to be from the dealer.

With the title in hand under the previous owner's name, not the dealer, and the bill of sale from the dealer, will I be able to get away from paying AZ sales tax once I title it in AZ?

Thanks for anyones' help.
If you drive it off the CA dealer's lot, you pay CA sales tax.
If you pay to have it shipped to a dealer in AZ, you pay no CA sales tax just AZ tax.

If you paid CA sales tax and register it in AZ, the reciprocity agreement is AZ will calculate the taxes and if you paid CA the same as you would pay in AZ, it's a wash.
If you paid less in CA than what AZ charges (fantasy), you pay the difference.
If you paid more in CA (reality) than you would pay in AZ, you're out of luck as no refunds from either state.

Do the math and you have your answer if drive off or ship off is better.

Don't forget emissions if in an AZ county with emissions. I think if the CA emissions test is in hand, AZ may accept that in lieu of a local test but you have to send it to DEQ for a release and entering into the computer system MVD uses to verify you have a passing emissions test done before yo can register the vehicle.
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Old Today, 02:23 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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This is not true. If you are the owner of the car, you need to register it in your name at your residence. You cannot use a family member's residence if it is not your own.
The owner of "your" car is by definition not "you", but the name on the title.

While the legality may be questioned under tax and insurance considerations, any entity may own an automobile, and may authorize any person to use it. Certain regulations may be based on where the vehicle is principally garaged, which is what we may need to get around..

When I was under 21, I could not legally own a car, so I drove daily in State A in a car owned and plated by my father in State B. What is to be done?

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Old Today, 04:12 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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MT (sales tax free) has an entire industry for this purpose. (Registration of Boats / Planes / RV / costly vehicles.

~$700 will set you up a MT LLC to own and register your vehicle, BUT, your OWN state rules will apply / supersede.

Follow the rules, be legal. or.... do time and fines.

IMPORTANT... your insurance needs to be correct to where car LIVES (is garaged).
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Old Today, 06:09 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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MT (sales tax free) has an entire industry for this purpose. (Registration of Boats / Planes / RV / costly vehicles.

~$700 will set you up a MT LLC to own and register your vehicle, BUT, your OWN state rules will apply / supersede.

Follow the rules, be legal. or.... do time and fines.

IMPORTANT... your insurance needs to be correct to where car LIVES (is garaged).
That's true, but the state has the burden of proof if it disputes your declaration of where it lives. I got away with it for decades. Nobody ever asked, just kept renewing.

Unless you can plate in one of the 4 tax free states (DE OR MT NH), you're going to pay 5-12% sales tax anyway. And in many states, an annual personal property tax as well.

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