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Hi all, I’m getting closer to booking the trip to the US to get my Challenger but wanted to ask for some advice or getting pointed to some professional help! Here’s the situation:
I am a Brit coming to California to buy a used challenger.
I don’t have a permanent residence in US
I play to buy the car and drive it straight to NJ to export to UK.

here’s my questions;
Do I pay sales tax and how/when do I get this returned? Are there forms or information on this somewhere?
When I buy the car, how can I register / insure it with an address?
Can anyone recommend a specialist company to guide me through the process (happy to pay for the advice but want to do the buying/driving myself)

Thanks to you all for being so active and helpful!

Also hit me up if you’re selling a 2018 scat pack!
 

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Just a couple of tips. If you are paying cash, pay in USD. Exchange at a bank to ensure current exchange rate. Better to simply arrange for transfer of funds through your bank. Your passport and current drivers license should be enough for tax exemption. Contact your insurance company. They can provide the necessary paperwork for purchase so all you will have to do is contact them with the vehicle details to be covered. The purchasing part is fairly easy although may take a few days due to time zone variance. Exporting a bit more involved.
 

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If you're flying out of Heathrow, get there early and talk to the USCBP officers there in pre-inspection. BTW, I doubt if you'll get any money back from the sales tax you pay in California.
 
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Depends who you buy from, from dealer tax is paid at transaction, from private party tax is paid at registration, which is based on what's on the pink, which is variable. Meaning what's on pink is not necessarily what was paid. I paid 13k for my 10, my pink said I paid 3k, to be fair the title is a salvage. So your case would not be so extreme.
 

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Hi all, I’m getting closer to booking the trip to the US to get my Challenger but wanted to ask for some advice or getting pointed to some professional help! Here’s the situation:
I am a Brit coming to California to buy a used challenger.
I don’t have a permanent residence in US
I play to buy the car and drive it straight to NJ to export to UK.

here’s my questions;
Do I pay sales tax and how/when do I get this returned? Are there forms or information on this somewhere?
When I buy the car, how can I register / insure it with an address?
Can anyone recommend a specialist company to guide me through the process (happy to pay for the advice but want to do the buying/driving myself)

Thanks to you all for being so active and helpful!

Also hit me up if you’re selling a 2018 scat pack!
It has been some time since I came across any info about buying a car in say the US with the idea of importing it into the UK, and I can't recall any specifics anymore. And things change. I do know there are a number of cars bought in the US and imported to the UK. There are companies that specialize in this.

My advice is to visit Piston Heads web site:


and search for any threads on buying a car in the US for import into the UK.

Also, you can also google your region for car importing specialists or something like that and see what turns up.
 

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st a couple of tips. If you are paying cash, pay in USD. Exchange at a bank to ensure current ex
If you're flying out of Heathrow, get there early and talk to the USCBP officers there in pre-inspection. BTW, I doubt if you'll get any money back from the sales tax you pay in California.
This is good advice, thanks - why do you not think I can get the sales tax returned? That may change my budget and I really wanted the scat pack! LOL
 

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Depends who you buy from, from dealer tax is paid at transaction, from private party tax is paid at registration, which is based on what's on the pink, which is variable. Meaning what's on pink is not necessarily what was paid. I paid 13k for my 10, my pink said I paid 3k, to be fair the title is a salvage. So your case would not be so extreme.
Would you then recommend a private seller than a dealership?
 

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Just a couple of tips. If you are paying cash, pay in USD. Exchange at a bank to ensure current exchange rate. Better to simply arrange for transfer of funds through your bank. Your passport and current drivers license should be enough for tax exemption. Contact your insurance company. They can provide the necessary paperwork for purchase so all you will have to do is contact them with the vehicle details to be covered. The purchasing part is fairly easy although may take a few days due to time zone variance. Exporting a bit more involved.
Great, thanks, i've contacted my insurer for a quote and its definitely in the too hard to deal with pile, i mean i need to ensure a vehicle pre registration in US, UK then France before I bring it to Switzerland to have it inspected and registered - I wanted an adventure but this may be too challenging for the admin heavy Swiss!
 

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It has been some time since I came across any info about buying a car in say the US with the idea of importing it into the UK, and I can't recall any specifics anymore. And things change. I do know there are a number of cars bought in the US and imported to the UK. There are companies that specialize in this.

My advice is to visit Piston Heads web site:


and search for any threads on buying a car in the US for import into the UK.

Also, you can also google your region for car importing specialists or something like that and see what turns up.
Thanks for this, i'm straight on that forum now!
 

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This is good advice, thanks - why do you not think I can get the sales tax returned? That may change my budget and I really wanted the scat pack! LOL
Because you're buying it in California. They even tax the taxes there...
 
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Would you then recommend a private seller than a dealership?
I always prefer private sale, but i do my own inspection. You can always have a car inspected, but not with the sellers mechanic.
 

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I always prefer private sale, but i do my own inspection. You can always have a car inspected, but not with the sellers mechanic.
Yeh thanks, This would help avoid the sales tax issue and get a decent inspection done, but i guess it depends on what is available near the time
 

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Surprised there wasn’t a request to invest some of our money upfront and then when the car is transported and payment received, a check for the amount plus $10k will mailed back to the “investor.” ;)
 

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Surprised there wasn’t a request to invest some of our money upfront and then when the car is transported and payment received, a check for the amount plus $10k will mailed back to the “investor.” ;)
Ha! No, this a privately arranged trip. Managing everything myself and hoping to find the right car and get it home safely!
 
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