If you’re a car enthusiast, you will likely travel afar to buy the perfect car. Especially if that auto happens to be a classic or exotic model. More people than you think are even willing to go interstate to find their dream vehicles.
Of course, one problem with that approach is getting the car back to your home. Another is sorting out all the paperwork that goes with the sale. After all: it’s important you have the title to prove that you are the car’s new owner!
In today’s blog post, I will share with you some top tips on how to buy a car from another state. Here’s what you need to know:
Fly out to look at the car before you buy it
The first thing you need to go is inspect the vehicle before going any further. After all: you would do this with any car, regardless of where it is! If you love long drives, you could, of course, drive yourself to where the car is for sale.
But, with the cost of domestic flights being so cheap, it makes sense to fly there. And, depending on where you go, you could fly there and back in the same day!
Get a professional inspection
If you haven’t got the time, another alternative is to pay a professional to do an inspection. They will provide you with a full report on the vehicle’s condition. You can then use that information to your advantage when negotiating the price.
The best thing is the seller will be aware the inspection got done by a third party. That means they can’t accuse you of making anything up to get the car cheaper! Another advantage is you’ll be aware of any major issues you need to fix on the vehicle.
Agree on the price
The next stage is to haggle with the seller on the price. Everyone knows that people price their cars high so a discount will still fetch the amount they want.
Make sure you don’t pay the asking price. Even if the car is like a brand new model with no imperfections! Don’t forget that you still need to pay for shipping costs, taxes, insurance, and other fees.
Pay the seller
Once you’ve agreed on a price with the seller, it’s time to pay them. Some people might give you a good deal if you only pay in cash. If that’s the case, you will need to arrange for that. Otherwise, a bank transfer payment can get done.
Avoid paying by check: that’s because they can “bounce”! You might need to pay the seller a deposit, so they don’t sell the vehicle to anyone else.
Get the car transported back to you
Last, but not least, you need to organize shipping for your new pride and joy. As you’re buying a classic or exotic model, I recommend opting for an enclosed carrier. That way, the vehicle won’t get damaged from debris on the road as it gets transported.
If you don’t want to hire a transport company, you could collect the car yourself. You will need a trailer to put it on so you can tow it home. Of course, the other option is to fly out there again and just drive the car back home. You might prefer that if you’re a fan of road trips!
Carry out some final checks
Before you use the car on a regular basis, do some final mechanical checks on it. You need to be 100% confident that everything works as it should before you use it every day.
For instance, a puncture in a tire might not appear until after the car’s been sat around for a few days.