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Well, Montana doesn't have a sales tax. I know lots of Canadians buy RV's and things here and drive them back. Not sure about the import duty issue, but they wouldn't do it if it didn't pay off.
I don't know anything about taking a car back to Canada, but if you're staying in the US, where you buy it makes no difference for the sales tax. It's all where you register the car. If you buy out of state and bring it home, you don't pay the sales tax where you bought it, you pay it when you get back home and register the car.

I've done this once before myself. Bought a car in PA 2 weeks before I was moving to NM. PA sales tax is 6%, NM sales tax on autos is 3%. Paid $25 for a 30 day temp permit in PA, and registered the car in NM when I got there, saving about $600 in sales tax.

If you buy a car in a state with no sales tax, I guarantee your own state will collect the tax when you go to register the car. In fact, CA will still collect their sales tax (the difference between their rate and the rate you originally paid) if you bring a new car into the state within 120 days of buying it. So even if you bought it in OR, registered it in OR, and paid no sales tax, if you move to CA within 120 days and register the car, you'll owe CA sales tax on it (I believe they call it an excise tax since it's not being charged at the point of sale, but the rate is the same).

Back on topic, I lived in Abq for several years, and cars there definitely don't rust. I've never seen so many old, classic cars in great condition before. However, our cars got a lot of paint and windshield chips from the blowing dirt and sand, so if you buy something used, check out the condition of the paint. It wouldn't be any good to buy something all chipped up that will start rusting when you get it home.
post #32 of 34
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post
Well, Montana doesn't have a sales tax. I know lots of Canadians buy RV's and things here and drive them back. Not sure about the import duty issue, but they wouldn't do it if it didn't pay off..
You can buy the car in the states and you probably wont pay state taxes. But when you import the car to Canada you will pay GST, PST, Duty, ect. But if the car is more then 50% built in North America you dont pay duty (I think)

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I'm also considering the Jeep Compass... though they haven't been out long enough to get a great sense of the reliability.
Dont buy a Compass. Or atleast drive before you buy. Under hard acceleration, the CVT transmission groans and whines. Its terrible.
post #33 of 34
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Thanks Guys,
Yeah, I was pretty much aware of the taxes/duty issue. As well, I'm a big manual transmission guy, so the CVT wouldn't be too much of an issue. I really like the Vibe/Matrix value-wise, so the only thing that could swing me to a Compass would be if I could grab a relatively new one cheap. Vibe/ Matrices don't really depreciate much in the first couple of years from what I've noticed.

Now if the Compass' value were to fall off say 20 or 30 percent in the first year or two like some North American cars (which is becoming more and more unwarranted http://money.cnn.com/2007/08/08/auto...lity/index.htm ), I will definitely consider one.
post #34 of 34
I've lived in Florida now for nearly twenty years, so I can't recall how it works in other states, but sales taxes here vary by county. A few years ago I bought a car in a different Florida county than the one in which I live. Sales tax in my county (Duval) is 7.5%, while the county in which I bought the car (Dade) it's 6%. The 1.5% difference saved me nearly $1000. The dealer wrote me a temporary tag, applied for my permanent tag, and then mailed it to me after they received it. They even reimbursed me for my flight down to pick up the car. I wasn't aware of the sales tax differential when I bought the car on their website, so it was a nice little bonus. So if you live in a state where sales taxes vary by county it's something to consider when buying a car. I did look at purchasing in Atlanta, and found that what is stated above regarding purchasing in a different state from that in which you plan to register, is absolutely true.
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