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Out of State Inventory Pickup

A55!

Member
May 19, 2021
46
65
DFW
I live in Texas. I’ve seen several cars in inventory that I’d be willing to purchase.

Several in Boston.

I have no way to get a straight answer on whether or not I can go fly/airline to pick up a vehicle out of state to avoid delivery charges.

I’ve been told no by the pop up chat agents. That being in Texas I cannot purchase a vehicle in Massachusetts. I can’t get ahold of anyone at Tesla for an answer let alone an answer before the vehicle I’m looking at is no longer available.

I’ve even been told I’d have to pay tax in Massachusetts and Texas.

To me this is all becoming a hilariously painful attempt to buy a car.

Does anyone have any suggestions on getting a straight answer for this out or state pickup with Tesla for an inventory vehicle? Also, how to get in touch with someone to change my MY order to purchase an inventory vehicle quickly so I don’t miss out.
 

Reddyym

Member
Apr 16, 2019
57
50
USA
I tried buying an inventory Model X (new) through Tesla from Massachusetts. Didnt want to pay the transport fee. Initially they agreed and after I submitted the deposit, Sales guy from Tesla Massachusetts called and informed me that I have to be a resident of Mass to buy a car in Mass. Eventually they shipped the car to Devon, PA, my home state for me to buy. I had to pay the shipping costs!
Hope this helps
 

PatrickTM

Always Be Charging
May 12, 2021
226
478
Boston
I live in Texas. I’ve seen several cars in inventory that I’d be willing to purchase.

Several in Boston.

I have no way to get a straight answer on whether or not I can go fly/airline to pick up a vehicle out of state to avoid delivery charges.

I’ve been told no by the pop up chat agents. That being in Texas I cannot purchase a vehicle in Massachusetts. I can’t get ahold of anyone at Tesla for an answer let alone an answer before the vehicle I’m looking at is no longer available.

I’ve even been told I’d have to pay tax in Massachusetts and Texas.

To me this is all becoming a hilariously painful attempt to buy a car.

Does anyone have any suggestions on getting a straight answer for this out or state pickup with Tesla for an inventory vehicle? Also, how to get in touch with someone to change my MY order to purchase an inventory vehicle quickly so I don’t miss out.
To the best of my knowledge, buying cars in MA and CA requires you to pay taxes in that state, in addition to your home state (TX) at time of registration. Some states will waive taxes if paid in another state, but you'll have to look that up to see if that rule applies in TX.

Buying a car in any other state does not require you to pay taxes in that state, just your home state at time of registration. But I'd call and make sure, just in case. If Tesla doesn't answer promptly, just call any old legacy car dealer in that state and ask.
 

andaconda

Member
Apr 3, 2021
100
50
S.W. Montana
Why not buying from Montana to avoid sales taxes, will cost about $300?

Passenger Cars, Light Weight Trucks*, SUV’s Base Registration Fees​
New to four years old $290.73.​
Five to nine years old $156.83.​
Ten years old or older $ 92.97​
Eleven years or older $157.35.​
I'm from Montana --- Had to buy in Utah. They would ship door to door for an additional $700 transport fee on top of the mandatory $1200 delivery charge. The car I ended up getting was shipped from Denver to Salt Lake City at no additional charge. We caught an early morning flight to SLC - took Uber to dealership - got there 15 min before they opened at 10am - left with the car at 11am - drove directly to a detail shop to have PPF applied to the back doors. Pretty well cut and dried. I signed a waiver that exempted me from paying over $4000 Utah sales tax. BTW the web site quoted above is not exactly accurate. Some Montana counties charge 2 1/2% tax on the value of the car and others charge 2% per year for the first 4 years, depending on when the county applied for the increase and if they made the deadline. Plate fees are separate along with personal plate fees. Registration fees and new title fees are also additional charges. Plus a few other hidden fees. If you were to purchase a car that was actually on a Montana dealerships lot - you wouldn't have to pay any sales tax - however - once you registered it in your own state you'd then be charged taxes accordingly. Titles are sent directly to the county you reside in - whether you live in state or not. Not sure of any loopholes ...
 
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avs007

Member
May 14, 2021
177
130
PacNW
To the best of my knowledge, buying cars in MA and CA requires you to pay taxes in that state, in addition to your home state (TX) at time of registration.
Actually, you don't have to pay California Sales Tax, if you "take delivery" out of state. That means, use a 3rd party shipping service to ship the car out of California, or put it on a flat-bed tow-truck, and have it towed to the state line, and take delivery on the other side... I've bought cars in multiple states, and California was the only one that you have to jump thru all these hoops...
 

avs007

Member
May 14, 2021
177
130
PacNW
Buying a car in any other state does not require you to pay taxes in that state, just your home state at time of registration. But I'd call and make sure, just in case. If Tesla doesn't answer promptly, just call any old legacy car dealer in that state and ask.
When I bought a car in Kansas, I had to file an exemption with the Department of Revenue to avoid paying Sales Tax, along with a trip permit showing the car was being taken out of state. But the dealership I bought from took care of all that paperwork for me.
 

ColeJunior

Member
Mar 21, 2021
32
15
Madison, MS
Yesterday I purchased and M3 from the Brentwood TN showrooms existing inventory. I paid in full with cash and setup (and paid) a +200 mile third party delivery.

Tesla has not yet given me specifics on when I’ll receive the car. Anyone have a probable timeline based on your experience?
 

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