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Neauxla_Tiger
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Buying car out of state
Am I right that if I buy a car out of state that I just need to pay the difference in that state's sales tax and Louisiana's sales tax in order to register the vehicle in LA? So if I pay say 7% in the other state, then I need to pay Louisiana ~2% difference and I'm good?

Also, anybody travel to Florida recently? Of course the best deal I found is there and there's travel restrictions. Their website just says LA travelers must self-quarsntine for 14 days, but I wonder how they make you prove that... I'm just driving to the dealership, grabbing a car and driving back


Glock17
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re: Buying car out of state
I bought a truck in Texas several years back. I didn’t pay any TTL fees there. A week or 2 later they FedEx’d me the title and I went to the DMV and paid La TTL and got my plate


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FinleyStreet
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re: Buying car out of state
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Am I right that if I buy a car out of state that I just need to pay the difference in that state's sales tax and Louisiana's sales tax in order to register the vehicle in LA? So if I pay say 7% in the other state, then I need to pay Louisiana ~2% difference and I'm good?


Yes. When I bought a car in GA they actually charged me TN sales tax so they took care of that difference at the dealership.


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Tigerpaw123
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re: Buying car out of state
You only pay sales tax for the address that the vehicle is titled in, some dealerships will do the legwork for you as a courtesy, sometimes you have to do it yourself, in your stated situation you would not pay any Florida sales tax,


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tygerfan1
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re: Buying car out of state
I am in the process of buying one in Ft Meyers, Fl. They will handle all the taxes and paperwork to Louisiana. I am paying full Louisiana tax. I am going to have mine shipped to a sister dealership in Pensacola and pick it up from there.


Neauxla_Tiger
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re: Buying car out of state
OK, thanks for the responses guys, that's good to know. Definitely willing to drive some distance to get the best deal, so it's good to know I won't have any extra headache


bbesse
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re: Buying car out of state
It's a good question to ask. For example, if you lived in MS, you could not do the same thing. FL would charge the tax, but there is no reciprocal agreement between the states. So, both FL and MS would charge separate tax to the MS resident. LA and FL are ok.

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SG_Geaux
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re: Buying car out of state
Bought a car in Houston and the dealer took care of everything for me. Got my La plate and registration in the mail.


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Suntiger
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re: Buying car out of state
Bought a car in Texas last year and the dealership handled the taxes for us. Was mailed the plate a few weeks later.


dwr353
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re: Buying car out of state
I picked up my new truck in Little Rock this week. Dealer collected La taxes and registration at time of purchase. As a side note, I saved $4000 over any local dealer.


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Gorilla Ball
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re: Buying car out of state
No you pay whatever sales tax of parish (if La) of the address of where you live or where the vehicle is registered


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saderade
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re: Buying car out of state
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Bought a car in Texas last year and the dealership handled the taxes for us. Was mailed the plate a few weeks later.
Same except they screwed up calculating the Louisiana state tax and it took the state DMV 180 days to refund the overcharge


blades8088
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Covington
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re: Buying car out of state
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Same except they screwed up calculating the Louisiana state tax and it took the state DMV 180 days to refund the overcharge


Right, to avoid this do not let the dealership charge any TTL fees and just go to a title shop and pay them once they send you the title and paperwork.


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Gevans17
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re: Buying car out of state
Just make sure the dealer sends your paperwork to the correct DMV office. Mine didn’t and I got hit with late fees. LA DMV told me not your fault, but pay up
This post was edited on 5/25 at 8:58 pm


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