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Old 05-17-2010, 01:30 AM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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So I have kind of been debating back and forth of whether I should pick up a car before or after I move. I'll be coming from Miami to Los Angeles.


Reasons to buy a car after I move:

1. A 1-way ticket is cheaper than gas money.
2. Buying plates, registration and insurance in Florida and then changing to CA seems like a lot of unnecessary work/fees.
3. Tons of wear on the car driving (2750 miles)
4. Time
5. No worries of buying a used car and it breaking down 1000 miles away from home


Reasons to buy a car before I move:

1. No added stress of searching for a car
2. Can get straight to job hunting
3. Can pick up and go at any time I want


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Honestly, I am making this post because something just feels odd about it all. I think about it and in my head, the best thing is to buy the car when I move out there and have 5-6 prospect cars and buy one of those, and with pros/cons it feels that I should. Something in the back of my head is telling me this might not be so good of an idea, so I thought I might ask some of you and see from experience or just your opinions on it.

Thanks!
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Old 05-17-2010, 05:33 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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So I have kind of been debating back and forth of whether I should pick up a car before or after I move. I'll be coming from Miami to Los Angeles.


Reasons to buy a car after I move:

1. A 1-way ticket is cheaper than gas money.
2. Buying plates, registration and insurance in Florida and then changing to CA seems like a lot of unnecessary work/fees.
3. Tons of wear on the car driving (2750 miles)
4. Time
5. No worries of buying a used car and it breaking down 1000 miles away from home


Reasons to buy a car before I move:

1. No added stress of searching for a car
2. Can get straight to job hunting
3. Can pick up and go at any time I want


.
.

Honestly, I am making this post because something just feels odd about it all. I think about it and in my head, the best thing is to buy the car when I move out there and have 5-6 prospect cars and buy one of those, and with pros/cons it feels that I should. Something in the back of my head is telling me this might not be so good of an idea, so I thought I might ask some of you and see from experience or just your opinions on it.

Thanks!
I would get it after. Another consideration for you. The state I moved from (VA) and the state I moved to (KY) both tax cars as personal property. I know FL doesn't do this but I'm not sure about CA. Also changing your insurance may get expensive depending on local rates.
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Old 05-17-2010, 07:14 AM
 
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Cant see it taking more than a day or two to get a car once at your destination,just go to the nearest car dealer.
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Old 05-17-2010, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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That's what I figured too, I just felt like I was missing something.. like one of those things where you're thinking about something really hard and in the background everyone is shouting "wtf are you thinking its so obvious you shouldnt do this"
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Old 05-23-2010, 09:22 AM
 
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Do look at the tax implications either way. You'll be assessed sales tax where you buy it, then, at least here in TX you may have to pay sales tax again, I'm not sure how it works, I just know its a consideration.

Also, you are moving into CA? Don't they have all sorts of emission standards? Better to get a car there that's equipped to meet their standards.
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Old 05-26-2010, 09:48 PM
 
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I'd buy it here in CA . Like someone else stated, if the emissions arent up to par for CA it is VERY COSTLY to get them to CA standards. Also I once bought an SUV off a lease at a dealer here in CA. The car was from FL. The dealer tried to get me to pay taxes and license for an out of state vehicle. That was going to be upwards of $900! Luckily I fought them on it as they did not disclose that this vehicle was from FLA and I went to a CA dealer expecting a CA car. I didnt end up having to pay it but bringing a car from another state is very costly.

Unless you are dying to drive across country ( which you could do with a driveaway car if you really wanted to. ) I would do the half day flight and then spend those days you would have been driving .. to find your car.
If you are coming to Los Angeles area, you can get rental cars at LAX for $15 a day unlimited mileage.. rental cars at the airport can be really cheap. Just go to orbitz.com


Good luck!
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Old 05-27-2010, 03:00 AM
 
Location: SE Missouri
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Buy it in CA. As the previous post (by Jasmine728) mentioned, the emissions issue can be quite costly, and likely for an out-of-state vehicle.

We were due to upgrade shortly after arriving out there, so my gf and I traded in our vehicles, avoiding any potential bs. Found our replacement vehicles with only 2 days of looking around. Entire registration (plates, taxes, title application) taken care of at the dealership and only thing we had to go to DMV for was to get our CA driver's licenses.

And perhaps most important.... If you buy in CA and encounter problems with the car the dealership will be local and not several thousand miles away.
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