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question on private party used car sales tax

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by gnychis, Jun 17, 2015.

  1. gnychis

    gnychis Member

    Nov 3, 2013
    Boston, MA
    I have some very general questions on private party used car sales tax.

    I purchased my Tesla new in the state of California and paid the full tax amount on it. Then I moved to the state of MA and registered the car here. Now, someone from California is interested in buying my car used.

    What is the sales tax amount that the person will pay? Does it matter that my car's tax was initially paid in CA?

    Also, I have a loan on the car where I can pay off the remainder with the sale of the car. Does the remainder on the loan in any way have an affect on how much tax is paid? (e.g., to only pay tax on the principal, or to pay additional tax based on it).

    Thanks much for any help.
  2. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

    ItsNotAboutTheMoney Active Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    Doesn't matter in CA, apparently. You can only avoid CA sales tax if the car's owner registers and uses the car in another state for at least 90 days.

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