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Old 01-25-2015, 09:38 AM   #1
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Buying a new tow vehicle out of state.

What issues will I run into buying and registering a tow vehicle in another state or in Canada if my 99 F250 dies on a trip??

I live in New Mexico. I want to take a trip through British Columbia to Alaska. My 99 F250 has 173,000 miles on it. It still runs good. Should I replace it now? or wait till I get back from Alaska? What would you do?
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Old 01-25-2015, 09:40 AM   #2
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If it is running ok why replace it?
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Old 01-25-2015, 10:03 AM   #3
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Each state has different laws regarding auto sales for out of star buyers. Some require you to pay their sales tax. Not sure about Canada. I would have your current truck checked over to see if it can make the trip.

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It is done all the time but procedures will vary.
I bought my truck from an out of state dealer. In that case it was delivered to my door and the paperwork and tax money sent to the local registrars office
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a Canadian vehicle will probably not meet US requirements so that is a really bad option for you. normally, you will be given a trip permit allowing you to take the vehicle back to your home state to get a title and registration, pretty simple and commonly done.
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a Canadian vehicle will probably not meet US requirements so that is a really bad option for you. normally, you will be given a trip permit allowing you to take the vehicle back to your home state to get a title and registration, pretty simple and commonly done.
What US requirements are you referring to?
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I should also mention my F250 has a 3.5 Triton engine. I live in an area without emission testing.
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I assume that gpt is referring to US emissions and safety requirements. Shouldn't be a problem for new or nearly new vehicles bought in Canada, but necessary that you check that vehicle complies before purchasing. Things like km/miles are no longer a problem, digital displays are the norm now. Canadian vehicles require daylight driving lights.

Duty could be involved in import to US if the vehicle is not one of the Big Three.

There may be decent vehicle prices to be had in Canada with our plummeting currency.
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Seeing how it sounds like you'll be buying a new TV anyway ("or should I wait until I get back from Alaska") my advice would be to go ahead and buy one ahead of the trip and then enjoy the added security. If you weren't in the market for one, I'd say just go with what you have...my last one used on cross-country trips had 245k miles on it, the one I traded it in for now has 182k miles. In the worst case you could also take the Alaska State Marine Highway (ferry) back to the States. jon
PS: I'll make your trip in late August.
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Buying a vehicle out of state should be done only if the transaction can be structured so that you pay sales tax and registration only in your home state. In most cases, the selling dealer in another state doesn't want to be bothered with an out of state delivery and will try to collect the sales tax at the time of sale which the dealer is required to do for an in state sale. When you come back to your home state to register the vehicle, you run the risk of having to pay the sales tax again. It is better to buy at home rather than pay two sales taxes.
I wouldn't attempt buying something in Canada and trying to register it in the U.S.
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We purchased our car in Colorado and the Tundra in Wyoming. We live in Nebraska.
No problems what so ever.
The car was actually delivered here (new) and the dealer took a personal check for the entire amount.
The Tundra was only 8 miles away. They also took a personal check for the truck.
I thought the free trade agreement is intended to eliminate any duty.
I wonder if the Tundras sold in Canada are made in Texas?


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I would guess that Japanese vehicles built in the US or Canada would be duty exempt.

As others have said, much simpler to purchase in your home state!
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Buying a TV in Canada, then taking it into the US:

if less than 25 years old has to have letter from mfg that it meets us emissions (and safety?) standards

If VIN starts with a number it is duty free. If the VIN starts with a letter then you have to pay duty.

As far as sales tax in Canada, I've no experience. State tax payable depends on the state. CA, FL, and some others you pay the tax unless you ship unit out os state.

I think this is correct.

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Why ? Are you itching to pay Canadian sales tax ?

Sounds like the truck is just getting broken in.
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