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Your Guide to Buying a Car in NJ and Registering It in New York

Congratulations on getting a new vehicle! Buying a car can be one of the most rewarding things a person can experience. However, it can also be difficult if you have no idea where to start or if you are buying your vehicle in another state. The good news is that you can still get a car in another state, register it in your home state, and have a great overall experience.

At Apollo Preowned Auto, we can help you understand the whole process. To learn more about all of our services, call our offices today at (856) 347-5091.

Steps to Buying a Car in NJ and Registering It in New York

One of the advantages of being a car buyer is that you have the freedom to choose where you are going to make your purchase. However, rushing to do so without preparation can set you up for myriad problems. Considering the following tips can help you get the best experience out of your next auto purchase:

1. Select the Right Seller

Selecting the right seller when deciding to buy your car can make the difference between a successful or failed acquisition. For instance, you may find a private seller is making an offer on a car you really want. However, in many private or non-dealer transactions, the offers may sound too good to be true. Sadly, many people invest time and money trying to make a private purchase only to realize their once-coveted car turned out to be scrap metal on wheels.

In most cases, purchasing your vehicle from a dealer may be your best option. Not only will you make a better-informed decision, but you will also have peace of mind knowing you are getting a high-quality vehicle.

2. Ask for a History Report

You may have your eyes fixed on that awesome-looking sports car, but how can you make sure you are getting exactly what your eyes are seeing? Whenever you decide to buy a car, it is essential to ask for a vehicle history report. A history report from a reputable source can help you determine whether the vehicle you intend to buy has ever been involved in an accident, and its service records, odometer rollbacks, and other relevant information that can help you make a more informed decision.

3. Know Your State’s Laws

You can buy a car pretty much anywhere you please. However, the laws that will apply over your purchase are not the ones from the state where you purchased your vehicle, but the state where you register it. Every state has different laws regarding car registration. Keep in mind you cannot drive an unauthorized vehicle in the state where you reside. In other words, it is illegal to operate a car without a proper license and registration.

Furthermore, your state may require specific information regarding your car’s emissions test results, proof of insurance, identification number (VIN), and title information. You should always make sure to consult with your state to learn about any specific requirements to register a vehicle bought in another state.

4. Perform the Mandatory Inspections

As mentioned before, every state has rules regarding vehicle performance. One of them is the emissions requirements. For instance, the state of New York requires every driver to perform an emission test every 12 months to make sure they are up to date with the state safety requirements for motor vehicles. Without this test, you cannot operate your vehicle. Knowing whether your car needs its yearly inspection can be confirmed by looking at your car’s history report.

5. Know Your Taxes

Many people may think they can save money by getting their vehicle in a tax-free state. This fact is true to some extent. However, you’d be only saving money if you register your car in a tax-free state. If you get your vehicle in a state like Delaware and then register in New Jersey, you’d be subject to the state’s tax laws.

Keep in mind you will need to keep a record of all the documents you deal with before, during, and after your transaction. Additionally, registering a car bought in New Jersey in another state such as New York requires you to present a valid photo I.D. and proof of residence, such as a water, gas, or electricity bill. Once you have the proper documentation and meet the requirements of the state, you’ll be ready to drive your new vehicle.

Preowned Auto Dealership Selling Serving New Jersey

For more than two decades, Apollo Auto has been proudly serving the residents of New Jersey and the surrounding areas. If you need a high-quality vehicle, we can help you get it. All of our vehicles undergo a thorough, top-to-bottom check-up to make sure you are getting a great car. Whether you are looking for a sports car, SUV, van, or truck, you can find it at Apollo Auto. To learn more about all of our services, call our offices today at (856) 347-5091.

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