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Old 08-19-2010, 12:23 AM
 
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I have searched and searched the internet, and have friends who say otherwise, but here goes:
I am from New Mexico, we have a 3% tax rate on registering vehicles. This unnamed Cali dealer says if i pick up the vehicle and drive it back to NM I will have to pay the 8.xx % cali sales tax, as well as the 3% NM tax. They sais they can have a driver drive my vehicle to yuma AZ and i can avoid the tax by picking it up there, but id rather just have it trucked to NM for 750.. I have a friend who got a Saab from cali and drove it back and only paid tax when he registered it in NM. I dont understand why this dealership says I will have to pay Cali sales tax no matter what unless I first get the vehicle out of state. Does anyone know what the answer to this absolutely moronic question is? I have looked over Cali's MVD site, and other sites, and the only thing i have found supporting this is this: "The sales tax will be calculated based on the purchase price of the vehicle and the current tax rate of the city or locality it is purchased in"

This info is from: Do I Have to Pay a Sales Tax for Buying a Car?

Help Please!!!!

-Chris
(Massacre)
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Old 08-19-2010, 12:56 AM
 
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It seems pretty clear to me - if you buy a car in the state of California, then you pay the sales tax for the city or region where the sale takes place.

It doesn't really matter where you live, the only thing that matters - when you're talking California sales tax - is where the actual sale takes place.
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Old 08-19-2010, 01:28 AM
 
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I understand that, but why do they keep telling me I can avoid it by taking sale in yuma for example, and why would I not have to pay sales taz in Arizona because of that... I am just a bit confused. I have a friend willing to drive it to NM for me, Could I say hes going to "deliver it" to me? haha
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Old 08-19-2010, 01:28 PM
 
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Vehicles exported out of State do not incur California Sales Tax...

Exported means the Dealer physically delivers the car across State Lines...

This can be done by someone employed by the dealer or a ICC transportation company...

CA only cares that the car leaves CA... so AZ works as far as CA is concerned... not sure how you would legally drive through AZ if the license also had expired.

At least this has been my experience working in the Car Business.
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Old 08-21-2010, 04:52 AM
 
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Damn, thats pretty lame, They want to charge me 500 to have a driver to take it to Yuma AZ, and the shipping to NM is only 800, seems almost stupid not just have it shipped
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Old 08-21-2010, 12:53 PM
 
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$800 sounds about right...

Shipping distance is always less than driver... car carriers can transport 8 or more vehicles with one driver.
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Old 08-21-2010, 01:53 PM
 
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Yeah, I was just hoping that I could somehow drive the vehicle back, would be fun to get to take a weekend trip, and on top of that it would cost a lot less than having it transported
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