MemberSeptember 1, 2021 at 12:50 pm
John – I don’t think you’ll have to register it in CA, unless it will live in California (i.e., you reside in CA). If you take delivery in California though, you will pay sales tax in California, which your state will then apply to your states sales tax due, i.e., you only pay it once.
Since most states have a MUCH lower sales tax then California does, to get around this, you have to take delivery outside of the state. Basically, the dealer hires (and you pay for) someone to drive the car just over the state line and you sign some paperwork to show it was delivered out of state. You then deal with your DMV yourself to get it registered (and pay the appropriate sales tax).
I know, I just went through this buying an RV.