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Old 07-02-2017, 09:13 PM   #1
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Default Buying new from out of state - where to pay tax

I know I've been asking a lot of questions, but really don't know where else to ask since we are completely new to this. I do search the forum first, but apologize if this has been covered and I missed it.

We are considering buying a new coach from a dealer that is out of our state (California). When we buy it, I know we need to register it in our home state, but I don't know where I am supposed to pay the sales tax - where I live and register the coach - or where I bought it.

Anyone know?
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Old 07-02-2017, 09:22 PM   #2
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I know I've been asking a lot of questions, but really don't know where else to ask since we are completely new to this. I do search the forum first, but apologize if this has been covered and I missed it.

We are considering buying a new coach from a dealer that is out of our state (California). When we buy it, I know we need to register it in our home state, but I don't know where I am supposed to pay the sales tax - where I live and register the coach - or where I bought it.

Anyone know?
You pay the sales tax where you live. ie where you register the vehicle.

The dealer can arrange a temp lic and insurance.
They do this all the time; they should know the tax arrangement with every state. Some states are a bit more complicated than others. This is their business, they should be able to advise you on what to do.


ps. California is a pain.


oops... just noticed you are in Ca. LOL
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Old 07-02-2017, 09:28 PM   #3
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There is a little known law in California...

-- you have 6 months to register a vehicle.


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Old 07-02-2017, 10:02 PM   #4
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Oh, yes, California IS a pain. And expensive.

Probably won't wait six months to register, but it will take a few days to get home. My insurance company gives a grace period, but wants the vehicle registered asap and I don't want to risk having an accident and finding out they have a loophole...

The scariest part is that most of the dealers have TERRIBLE Yelp reviews. It's really scary to agree to buy something I can't see. Several reviews and comments I've found on the web indicate that dealers are not above selling the RV before you get there even if you have a contract. Their attitude is (correctly) that you are not going to come back to sue them for your travel expenses and they are more inclined to take the deal that's right in front of them.

On the other hand, it seems several people on this forum have purchased out of state and no one has related a horror story so it must go well most of the time.
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Old 07-03-2017, 12:11 AM   #5
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Well... you are not making things easy for yourself.

For one, I would buy the most popular brands (say from the top 3), and the more popular models.
I always think ahead -- although it is not in my plan, but I will need to sell it one day. It will be easier to sell a popular brand, and you will likely get more of your money back.
Also, you will get better service from a volume brand than a fringe brand. Simply because they have a bigger dealer network and the mechanics are more familiar with the design.

You have a lot of cards stacked against you. You do not have to be in that position.


YMMV
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An RV is a big investment.

I would only buy from a reputable dealer.
I would want to see the RV. Preferably in a RV show where I can compare RVs to RVs.

I would buy off the lot if possible, instead of ordering and waiting.

I would fly out to see the RV, then decide.
If it does not work out, I might lose $1,000. It is better than committing sight unseen.


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I don't know where I am supposed to pay the sales tax - where I live and register the coach - or where I bought it.
Anyone know?
Start with the state board of equalization- also DMV

you will need a vehicle which conforms to CA emissions- not all new vehicles do.
most marques have CA spec and "49 State".

they can look up by VIN for you if you have that from the seller.


most dealers can help send you in the right direction and will tell you if the vehicle of interest conforms to CA- it's on a sticker right under the hood- they can also advise as to taxes - most dealers are required to collect sales taxes for their locality- it they don;t there needs to be paperwork in place to show the vehicle is going somewhere else



insurance- does your insurer KNOW you are talking about an RV and not just "a new car" ? most RV policies are specialty and not carried by same company as your car




don;t try any games- i guy i used to work for tried that and it cost him mightily.
bought his SUV in Nevada, lived in LA- got dinged for taxes and no reg and CA emissions

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If this is the Vista Cruiser mentioned in another thread, I would ask if you have actually been in one of that model? The first class b we ever looked at appears to be identical to the one in the other thread, and with the high bed, dark cabinets, and closed off windows, my somewhat claustrophobic wife could not be in it for more than a few seconds before she had to get out. Even I found it very tight inside, and hard to get up into the bed.

We have a Roadtrek C190P on the Chevy, which some say are too crowded, but she does not have any issues with it, even with the third seat replaced with and armoire, so it may be a good comparison of feeling.

Lots of storage under the bed in the Vista Cruiser, though.
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Thanks everyone! That's helpful. It just seems like most of the dealers I research have lots of complaints (although, to be fair, they are often people who are unhappy with a USED coach that had undisclosed defects and/or they didn't like the service department, neither will apply here).

Sounds like I can provide a small deposit via credit card and then complete the sale after physically seeing the coach.

Mike, thanks for the DMV suggestion. I'm pretty sure all Transit vans are 49-state compliant, but I'll check. Also, I have discussed the purchase with my insurer so I'm good there. No funny business is intended but I AM capable of making an honest mistake so thanks for mentioning those things.

BBQ, I agree that I'm making this hard, but the only two offerings on the Transit are the Winnebago Paseo and the Coachmen Crossfit. The Paseo is a cross-coach sleeper, which won't work for us. There are only two Crossfit dealers in the state of California and they are so far away, we have to get on an airplane to get to them. It's a day to get there no matter where I go. Given that we have to travel anyway, I might as well look for a lower price. If taking a couple of days to get the van means we save $8,000, that is a far better hourly wage than I get in my day job!

Thanks everyone - I really do appreciate the insights!
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If you are looking at the Vista Cruiser, I think it is also a cross sleeper. That is what the bump outs are for, to give enough room.
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