How do I go about buying a car out of state?

Buying a car out of state is usually a bit more difficult than buying it in state. This is because state smog and vehicle safety requirements may vary. For example, California has much more stringent smog requirements than other states. Cars brought into California must have a “California Certified” label under the hood, near the engine. Some states, like Ohio, require that the car be inspected by their own state inspectors for safety.

Documentation, such as a notarized Bill of Sale, Federal Odometer Statement, and Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin, or the seller’s registration may also be required.

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