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If you are buying a car from a private seller do you pay them sales tax?


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2015-06-28 13:29:31
2015-06-28 13:29:31

It depends on the state laws for the state the transaction takes place in. There will be fees required at the DMV office.Registration and licensing. There may also be a requirement also in some States, requiring a smog certification, which will have to be conducted.


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If you are a GA resident, you do not have to pay sales tax as long is it is a private seller, even if out of state private seller.

Not necessarily but some states require you do so. My son moved to NC with a free car and had to pay sales tax.

One of my buddies bought a car in GA and he ended up paying for sales tax. I'm not sure if it applies for all.

Taxes are paid in California at the time you register the car with the Department Of Motor Vehicles. You do not pay tax to the person you are buying from.

No, you've already paid taxes on it when you bought it, so the one buying it from you is the one who will pay the sales tax.

Any private seller would save you the sales tax

Yes, a person does have to pay sales tax on a used car purchased from a private seller in Pennsylvania. The amount of tax is 6 percent of the sale price.

Be careful! As long as the car is titled to a private owner, NO you don't have to pay sales tax. But we made a huge mistake! Thought we were buying from a private individual but he put the title in his privately owned company name and now we have to pay sales tax. A fact the OWNER should have disclosed!!

Yes. When buying a car from a private seller, the purchaser should get a signed bill of sale from the seller, which includes the sale price and identifying information about the vehicle, including the Vehicle Information Number. The purchaser then reports the sale price when registering and titling the car, using the Department of Motor Vehicle's Form DTF-802. Sales tax is paid at that time.

You can find a secondhand car from a dealer or a private seller. If you choose a private seller, use a service like to double check the deal, and have a mechanic check the car before purchase. Also, dealers frequently have sales and specials, so make sure you check the dealers near you for special deals.

You will pay sales tax where you register the vehicle. Last time I checked Florida has sales tax...

If you are the "private" seller you do not collect sales tax. If your states requires sales tax to be paid on a private sell then the DMV will collect it when the buyer registers the car.

No ... there is no sales tax on private person to person sales on used cars. Buying from a dealer may be a different story.

In most states, the buyer of a used car from a private person would pay use tax to the state they plan to register the car in. This payment normally doesn't happen until the purchaser visits the DMV office to register the vehicle.

online, car dealership or a private seller!

yes you will pay sales tax when you transfer the title at your county's admin. building.

Yes. You will pay them when you register the car at the DMV. Pretty lame. Double taxation.

Some Questions should be asked when buying a Used Car from a private seller like : How many miles are on the odometer? Why are you selling the car? How would you describe your used car's condition? Who was this vehicle bought from? Where was this car bought? What kind of oil do you use in the car? What are you willing to sell the car for? How long of a test drive can i take? Are you willing to let me get this inspected independently? What's the last used car you sold?

I think the answer is yes. Check out the sales tax section here:

was there a guarantee or was it sold as is?

yes and no. If you purchase a used car from a dealer, yes you pay tax. If you purchase the car from a private seller, you don't have to pay sales tax.

it depends on the county that the car is being register at. For example Miami dade is 7%, broward county 6%, monroe county 7.5% and palm beach 6.5%, so you need to what county it is. Also if youa re buying from a dealer, they collect the taxes, so you pay them but if it is a private seller you must taxes at the tag agency, not the seller!

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