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09-19-2002, 12:03 PM
I live in TX, I am purchasing (leasing) my 03 (09/06 build) in AL (PCD on 10/31), but am moving to CA in April 2003.

I will not pay sales tax in AL, but will need to pay taxes in TX when I register the car, however, considering not registering in TX and only registering the car in CA once I arrive. Don't want to pay double taxes and these taxes in CA are lower anyway. Can't you legally go 6 months without registering your vehicle?

Does anyone see issues with this?

Thanks in advance for the help.

2003 Tisi (09/06 build)
Grey Interior, Alum Trim, 6 Spd

09-19-2002, 12:33 PM
However, if the car is registered to you in another state and you\'ve owned it at least 6 months and have 7000 miles, you can avoid the sales taxes. And of course, you\'ll need a smog test to register in CA.<br><img src="" height=173 width=300>
- Paul
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09-19-2002, 01:05 PM
If taxes are paid, and you bring the car into CA within 90 days, you will only pay THE DIFFERENCE between CA tax and what you paid, assuming you paid less than the CA tax rate (varies by county). If you paid more, you don't pay any CA tax.

If you did not pay tax, and you bring the car into CA within 90 days, you pay full CA tax.

Regardless if taxes were paid or not; if you bring the car into CA after 90 days, you will NOT have to pay CA tax.

There is NO mileage stipulation.

09-19-2002, 01:28 PM
Register it in TX ($30 reg fee vs. $500 in Calif.) When reg. expires, renew in Calif.

09-19-2002, 01:44 PM
Thanksfor the idea. Sounds easy enough!

09-19-2002, 01:45 PM

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