Out of State Car Shopping Guide

What You Need To Know About Purchasing A Vehicle Out-Of-State

At Toyota of Smithfield, we welcome all drivers to our showroom. Whether you reside here in Rhode Island or you’re traveling from Massachusetts, Connecticut, or even further away, we’re committed to making the buying process as smooth as possible. If you’re interested in purchasing a vehicle out-of-state, you should know that we make it easy by handling the title and registration paperwork for you. Plus, our vehicles pass the emissions requirements in all 50 states. If you would like to learn more and put answers to common questions our drivers have about buying a vehicle out-of-state, you have come to the right place.

Local Emissions Requirements

California has one of the most strict emissions requirements in the nation. Thus, manufacturers-like Toyota-are building their vehicles to meet its regulations. Rhode Island, for instance, has since adopted the standards set by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). In other words, since Rhode Island is now a CARB state, your vehicle will meet emissions standards across all 50 states

The bottom line? As long as you purchase a vehicle from a state such as Rhode Island that enforces California’s strict emissions requirements, purchasing a vehicle out-of-state won’t stand between you and meeting your local emissions requirements.

Sales Tax Collection

If you purchase a vehicle out-of-state, but plan to register it in your home state, you don’t have to worry about paying sales tax twice. In fact, you only have to pay the sales tax in the state in which you register your vehicle. This, of course, mitigates any concern you may have about taxing issues.

Transporting Your Vehicle

Another common out-of-state buying concern is in regards to transporting the vehicle before it has been registered. After the sale, you will have about 30-days to register your vehicle. Depending on your home state, you may have to have your vehicle inspected first before you can obtain registration. Fortunately, all of our vehicles have been thoroughly inspected to meet the state’s high standards. Further, we will provide a temporary registration and license plate so you can drive your vehicle home on the same day.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will I be taxed twice if I buy out-of-state?
    No, you’re only taxed in the state you register your vehicle in.
  • Will I be able to drive my car home across state lines?
    Yes, we will handle all of the necessary registration paperwork and provide you with a temporary license plate.
  • Will you hold a car for me?
    Please contact our team and we will do our best to ensure that you drive home in your dream car.

Are you currently in the market for a new vehicle? Or, would you like to learn more about purchasing a vehicle out-of-state? The team here at Toyota of Smithfield would be more than happy to assist you.