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Old 04-16-2010, 06:37 PM
 
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Hi All,

I am staying in Boston and moving permanently to CA in couple of weeks from now. I was planning to buy the car(used car) in CA but it looks like cars are expensive in CA. So I am thinking to buy the car here in boston and ship it to CA. What is procedure for the registration in CA, will they charge more for tax since it is an out-state-vehicle and how about the registration in boston is it necessary ? Any suggestion on this will be really helpfull.
Final question is it worth buying from here(boston).

Thanks in advance
fido
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Old 04-16-2010, 06:42 PM
 
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Are you really going to save enough buying a car in Boston to cover the cost of shipping it?
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Old 04-16-2010, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Hi All,

I am staying in Boston and moving permanently to CA in couple of weeks from now. I was planning to buy the car(used car) in CA but it looks like cars are expensive in CA. So I am thinking to buy the car here in boston and ship it to CA. What is procedure for the registration in CA, will they charge more for tax since it is an out-state-vehicle and how about the registration in boston is it necessary ? Any suggestion on this will be really helpfull.
Final question is it worth buying from here(boston).

Thanks in advance
fido

If you buy a car in CA (I think) the seller has to prove or provide the car as smogged. If you bring a car from outside CA, then it might not pass smog.
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Old 04-16-2010, 08:19 PM
 
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Are you serious about cars being more expensive in CA than it is in MA?
I highly doubt it since the last I heard there were 3 cars to a person so with such abundant number of cars, the prices could not be higher.

Key factors are:
~ How fast do you need to buy it?
~ What type of car do you want (year/make-model)?
~ What part of CA will you be buying it at?

Check Craig's List and also PennySaverUSA.com as you might run into a killer buy once in a while.
Also you could nail a good vehicle online in another State and have it shipped over to CA but as Charles mentioned, the registration will require an emission certification, meaning smog check. Car sold in other States do not have to get the strict emission certification that CA requires so you might run into trouble there but also most cars built in the last 7-8 years should be relatively compatible since most States have been tightening their emission level requirements.

I personally think it would not be any cheaper (if not more expensive) to purchase a vehicle in MA and then have it shipped 3000+ miles but do your own research which would be best.
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Old 04-17-2010, 09:15 AM
 
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Used Cars from the East are always cheaper for a reason... it's called rust. Even a East Coast car being sold in CA will be cheaper than a rust free CA car.

Second, you could very well end up paying registration fees twice... there are provisions for offset... but again, another issue to deal with.

Not passing smog is a big deal... the legislature even made a law requiring sellers to furnish a current smog on older cars because so many people bought cars that needed expensive emission work or not worth the repair.

Last car I had shipped from the east coast cost around $1000 and got a chipped windshield in the process.

The penalty for CA residents not registering a out of state car in CA is costly... the State has set up a hotline to report offenders.
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Old 04-19-2010, 05:58 PM
 
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Default bringing in an out of state car.

We bought our car in florida and then when we got into CA..had to register it here and you get charged a use free (kinda like an impact fee)..so the metal on the back of my car is probably the most expensive thing i shall ever own outright.. 1200 to get CA plates (not even fancy ones).This was the fee (and get a smog check too btw..) after the gave the allowance for the tax we had already paid on the car.
DMV site for ca..you can read all about bringing in a car and you can do an estimate of what it will really cost you in the end.

Amazingly we were still better off bringing in the car,than we would of been if we had bought it here.
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Old 05-07-2010, 09:29 PM
 
Location: VanTucky,WA
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1200 to register a car in california?Is this true?How much are the annual dues for a 5 year old suv?
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Old 05-07-2010, 09:31 PM
 
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1200 to register a car in california?Is this true?How much are the annual dues for a 5 year old suv?
Its based on the new cost of the car. $1200 would be a VERY expensive car. How much did your's cost originally? It might cost you $300 to register.
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Old 05-07-2010, 11:27 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Before Buying a Vehicle From Out of State—Be Sure You Can Register It in California (FFVR 29) - About buying a car out of state. The exemption is if it comes into California already registered in another state (among others). It seems awfully foolish to waste your money to register your car in Massachusetts only to re-register it in California ten days after you get here. (I also think the money you would spend to ship it would be better saved.)

https://mv.dmv.ca.gov/FeeCalculatorWeb/index.jsp - Fee calculator to determine approximately how much it will cost to register your vehicle.
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Old 05-07-2010, 11:29 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Used Cars from the East are always cheaper for a reason... it's called rust. Even a East Coast car being sold in CA will be cheaper than a rust free CA car.

Second, you could very well end up paying registration fees twice... there are provisions for offset... but again, another issue to deal with.

Not passing smog is a big deal... the legislature even made a law requiring sellers to furnish a current smog on older cars because so many people bought cars that needed expensive emission work or not worth the repair.

Last car I had shipped from the east coast cost around $1000 and got a chipped windshield in the process.

The penalty for CA residents not registering a out of state car in CA is costly... the State has set up a hotline to report offenders.
It sounds as if your car was already registered when you brought it in and this person's more than likely will not be, so that changes things. Also, as someone else stated, it's based off of your car, it's not a straight fee. Just because you paid $1200 doesn't mean someone else will. I paid $132 and my renewal was $142. (While my car is not a Lamborghini, it's not a junker, either.)
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