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Buy car in Washington or California

Akamai Technologies carrr
Feb 10

Im planning to move to bay area from seattle in next 3 months. Looking to lease a car. Is it cheaper in seattle or it doesnt matter?

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  • Lyft trex102
    California definitely has better deals than Seattle
    Feb 100
  • VMware / EngGpbO62
    CA (car registration) cost is much much cheaper than WA. In WA you pay several hundred dollars in RTA (http://www.dmv-seattle.org/wa-washington/vehicle-registration/regional-transit-authority-rta-tax.html)
    Feb 112
    • Netflix chilidilly
      Can get partial rta tax refund after move
      Feb 11
    • Amazon PoorM
      They’re moving TO Seattle. OP you’ll have to pay sales and RTA tax in Washington no matter where you buy it. California has better competition so you might get a better price on the car, but no matter what you’ll pay the sales tax and RTA as soon as you register in WA. So you’re not getting around that.
      Feb 11
  • Capital One konpoly
    Doesn't matter, it will be same price.
    Feb 100
  • Facebook ¿
    Tax is probably the same, but Seattle has worse prices in my experience due to having comparatively fewer dealers.

    I know a number of people who buy out of state.
    Feb 100
  • VMware / Engscarecrow
    Sales tax also applies to leases. Seattle is in King County where the total sales tax is 10%. You should compare that to your local tax rates.

    All this information is available online.
    Feb 100
  • Intel / Eng
    D.J.Trump

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    D.J.Trumpmore
    Find a friend in Oregon. No sales tax. Just need an Oregon address to register. Oregon don’t care what state license you have.
    Feb 116
    • Netflix chilidilly
      You’ll pay the sales tax to CA when you register your car within 20 days of establishing residency
      Feb 11
    • Intel / Eng
      D.J.Trump

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      D.J.Trumpmore
      Register in Oregon not in California. Just need a friend’s Oregon address to register so they can mail you the registration. I live in WA and my car is registered in OR. After the car depreciates many years then it become cheap to register in WA.
      Feb 11
    • Netflix chilidilly
      How do financing and insurance work?
      Feb 11
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      D.J.Trump

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      Use the Oregon address at the dealer so they process ur paper with Oregon dmv. Then change it online later. Insurance, loan people don’t talk to dmv people. The only concern is if you get pulled over in WA or CA and they question you why ur car is registered in Oregon, they might ticket you. But the ticket will be a lot less than the sale tax.
      Feb 11
    • Netflix chilidilly
      Huh, i remember the dealership getting my drivers license for financing & insurance but i can believe what you said.
      Feb 11
    • Amazon PoorM
      The state revenue boards are going after this type of shenanigans hard right now. There will be Supreme Court cases eventually to sort it out but right now I would not mess with it to save a few thousand dollars. It’s not worth it to get slapped with tax evasion charges.
      Feb 11
  • Facebook Moth
    If you live in Seattle, your car tabs will be very high your first year. Talk to a dealer and have them draw up an out-the-door invoice so you get a sense of how much it would be.
    Feb 110
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    BlueBerd

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    BlueBerdmore
    If you buy the car in Washington it may be more expensive to register it in California as an out of state vehicle.
    Feb 110
  • OpenTable Meliodas
    Some cars can’t be brought into California. Check with the DMV before buying.
    Feb 110

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