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Old 08-03-2013, 04:34 PM
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Out of State Purchasing Question

I am considering a 335i Convertible that is out of state - actually several states away. Assuming I will personally inspect the car before purchase, has anyone had experience dealing with BMW dealers several states away?

For example, can you arrange to close the deal at one BMW dealer and have it shipped to a local BMW dealer? Or close the deal locally and have the car shipped in? I can always travel and drive it home but wonder what others have done. Wondering if dealers cooperate?

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Old 08-03-2013, 05:25 PM
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I live in New Mexico and have purchased 4 Bimmers out of state. One from a dealer in Lubbock, TX and four weeks ago one from a dealer in Denver. Both were paid for at the dealership and driven home. We purchased 2 BMWs from dealerships in Southern California and in order to avoid the high local sales tax had the vehicles trucked to our home. We have been told that a local dealership can obtain and transport locally a new vehicle but not a used vehicle. May or may not be true. But rest assured each dealership wants its share of the profit. We like the road trips of picking up the purchased car and driving it home. Good luck.
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Old 08-03-2013, 05:43 PM
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Live in Georgia, flew to Indiana one way to buy a car at a Honda dealer (a BMW). Had pre-arranged check through USAA. Liked the car, drove it home.

Would only advise that you check the sales tax reciprocity between the purchasing and registering states, else you could end up paying sales/use tax in both states, as I did.
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Old 08-03-2013, 10:11 PM
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I bought my e93 from Braman Motorcars in Palm Beach Florida. They charged me New York sales tax and got me New York State plates. I flew down to Florida to pick it up and drove it in Florida for a month with temporary Florida plates that were arranged by Braman. They shipped the car to New York and I flew back. I drove it with the temporary Florida plates for a week or two until the NY plates arrived in the mail. I then took it to BMW Manhattan to get a New York State inspection sticker.

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Similar stories to above. Bought in Pennsylvania and drove home to Texas. Dealer charged me Texas sales tax as we knew that is where it was going to be registered. The out of state title business was a little bit of a mess. I couldn't get local financing in Houston because of it. I went with Bank of America and then after getting Texas title redid the loan with local preferred lender. The PA dealership used a company to deal with the out of state business and it was an extra $101. I don't recall that company but i'm sure BMW dealer will also be familiar.

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Old 08-04-2013, 12:53 PM
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I am considering a 335i Convertible that is out of state - actually several states away. Assuming I will personally inspect the car before purchase, has anyone had experience dealing with BMW dealers several states away?

For example, can you arrange to close the deal at one BMW dealer and have it shipped to a local BMW dealer? Or close the deal locally and have the car shipped in? I can always travel and drive it home but wonder what others have done. Wondering if dealers cooperate?

Thanks
R. Olsen
It is up to the selling dealer whether they do a dealer trade and have the car shipped to a local dealer or sell you the car direct and have it shipped to you or some other variation. One consideration (especially with an E93) - CA lemon law will only apply if you take initial retail delivery in California. Given past experience with my ex-E93, I have one rule that I do not break under any circumstance - don't take initial delivery outside of CA.
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Old 08-04-2013, 08:42 PM
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If it's used, you buy it where it is. Make your deal, go there and pay for the car - drive it home.

Have questions? Ask the dealer. They do this all the time.
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Similar stories to above. Bought in Pennsylvania and drove home to Texas. Dealer charged me Texas sales tax as we knew that is where it was going to be registered. The out of state title business was a little bit of a mess. I couldn't get local financing in Houston because of it. I went with Bank of America and then after getting Texas title redid the loan with local preferred lender. The PA dealership used a company to deal with the out of state business and it was an extra $101.
I remembered the name of company that deals with the out of state transfer stuff. RegUSA.

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Old 08-04-2013, 09:21 PM
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It is up to the selling dealer whether they do a dealer trade and have the car shipped to a local dealer or sell you the car direct and have it shipped to you or some other variation. One consideration (especially with an E93) - CA lemon law will only apply if you take initial retail delivery in California. Given past experience with my ex-E93, I have one rule that I do not break under any circumstance - don't take initial delivery outside of CA.
Very Good Advice - Thank you
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Old 08-05-2013, 09:54 AM
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It is up to the selling dealer whether they do a dealer trade and have the car shipped to a local dealer or sell you the car direct and have it shipped to you or some other variation. One consideration (especially with an E93) - CA lemon law will only apply if you take initial retail delivery in California. Given past experience with my ex-E93, I have one rule that I do not break under any circumstance - don't take initial delivery outside of CA.
The two big issues with buying out of state are taxes and lemon law warranty. Whatever state you live in, make sure you understand how the lemon law works, and don't trust the dealer salespeople--they probably don't know or don't care. Call you state's AG's office or the equivalent consumer protection agency. If you do end up getting a lemon, you will find yourself in the middle of a fight over which state's lemon law applies--the one where it was purchased or the one where it is registered/garaged/serviced. Taxes are less of an issue since most of that can be handled electronically, but it may change how much money you have to come up with up front.
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Old 08-05-2013, 10:37 PM
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The two big issues with buying out of state are taxes and lemon law warranty. Whatever state you live in, make sure you understand how the lemon law works, and don't trust the dealer salespeople--they probably don't know or don't care. Call you state's AG's office or the equivalent consumer protection agency. If you do end up getting a lemon, you will find yourself in the middle of a fight over which state's lemon law applies--the one where it was purchased or the one where it is registered/garaged/serviced. Taxes are less of an issue since most of that can be handled electronically, but it may change how much money you have to come up with up front.
Very good advice. I was looking at a car in AZ and I'm in CA but I think I will stick to CA cars.

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The two big issues with buying out of state are taxes and lemon law warranty. Whatever state you live in, make sure you understand how the lemon law works, and don't trust the dealer salespeople--they probably don't know or don't care. Call you state's AG's office or the equivalent consumer protection agency. If you do end up getting a lemon, you will find yourself in the middle of a fight over which state's lemon law applies--the one where it was purchased or the one where it is registered/garaged/serviced. Taxes are less of an issue since most of that can be handled electronically, but it may change how much money you have to come up with up front.
Taxes are pretty much a non-issue. CA DMV will credit any taxes paid to the selling dealer against the taxes due in CA. It is soo simple - you take your sale contract from the selling dealer along with CA Smog test results to the DMV, they inspect the car to confirm it has a CA emissions compliance plate attached, and they tell you how much you have to pay in taxes and registration fees, you write a check and they give you plates and registration tabs.
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