If you are in the market to buy a car, you may be comparing prices of vehicles at different dealerships. What you may find is that the prices of cars and the incentives offered vary from state to state. This may leave you wondering if you should buy your car in a different state or whether you should simply stick to buying a car in the state in which you reside. Just as informative as the weirdest traffic laws from each state, you will want to know the info below before you buy a car in a different state.
Smog and Safety Standards
When you are buying a car in another state, you need to ensure the car meets the smog and emissions requirements and the safety standards that are required in your state. This is rarely an issue with new cars. After all, manufacturers will not manufacture a car to meet emissions standards in one state and then change the car to meet emissions standards in another state. However, this can come into play when you are buying a used vehicle from a dealer. The used car may meet the smog and emissions and/or safety standards in the state it is being sold, but not in the state you live and plan on registering it. It is the dealer's responsibility to ensure the vehicle meets the requirements for the state in which the car is being sold. It is your responsibility to know what the requirements are for the state where you plan on registering the vehicle and ensure it meets those standards. If the car doesn't meet the standards in the state you live and plan on registering it, you may have to spend money to make changes and fixes to the car to meet requirements in your state.