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Old 07-31-2013, 07:59 PM   #1
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Purchasing from out of state dealer question

As mentioned in another thread, we are close to purchasing a 2014 classic. We live in Florida and are going to see Bates over in Tampa about a 31 foot they have on order arriving late October.. There are a couple dealers in other states like Colonial up in NJ with very similar Airstream classics on order also.. If I buy out of state how is sale tax and registration handled? Does the dealer handle that or does he just hand me the keys and I pay the Florida sales tax when I register and title it in my home county in Florida..
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Old 07-31-2013, 08:02 PM   #2
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Colonial will handle all that if you want or if you pay cash they can issue you a Temp Tag and you can take care of it yourself when you get back to FL. I'll be very surprised if Colonial doesn't give you a much better price than you can get from Bates.
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Old 07-31-2013, 08:12 PM   #3
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In April of this year we bought our 2009 20' FC from a dealer in Surprise Arizona as a Washington State resident. We paid the AZ sales tax which is lower than our Washington "use" (sales) tax. After we got the title and applied for the title transfer in Seattle we only had to pay the percentage difference between the AZ tax and Washington State tax (about 2.3% higher). From what I've heard most states reciprocate like that so you don't get nailed at both ends. So if the tax rates are the same in both states (or local taxation districts) you should only have to pay once -- if the states reciprocate. We paid cash and the AS was on consignment so the rules might be different for new? I'm sure there are horror stories about this so I suspect it would pay to check in advance. Jeff
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Old 07-31-2013, 08:19 PM   #4
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I've purchased 3 Airstreams since 2006. Bought the first at Out of Doors Mart in NC. They issued me a Temp Tag and when I got back to VA I went to the DMV and paid the tax/title/tag fees. Trailers 2 & 3 were bought at Colonial. In both cases they issued me a Temp Tag and when I got to SD where I am now resident I went to the courthouse and paid the tax/title/tag fees. Each of those 3 transactions took me less than 10 minutes. Why make easy things complicated?
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Old 07-31-2013, 08:19 PM   #5
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Thanks very much for all your help
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Old 07-31-2013, 08:40 PM   #6
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My experience, twice couldn't get a temp tag in Arizona. After a 30-minute wait in line in April the licensing agent in our county in Seattle told me she wasn't really sure how to transfer the title. "Hope it works out", she added. She was quick to collect what tax I owed however. Why was there such a long wait, I asked. "They closed down the other licensing office location in White Center (about 10 miles away) for a criminal investigation." The lines continue out the door. I want to live in your states. Different strokes in different states I guess.
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Old 07-31-2013, 09:12 PM   #7
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Move to Idaho, it took me 7 minutes to switch our title and alot cheaper than Washington for sure.
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I bought from Bates and I live in North Carolina. They handled everything and the purchase experience could not have better!
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Depends on state, dealer collected tax then returned it back to me in the form of a check which I used to pay the tax in another state. I guess it was a state regulation but amounted to swapping checks.
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