Buying a car out of state can save money, but there may be some extra steps required to drive it home. The process depends on the laws of your state of residence and the state where the car was purchased, and whether you are already working with an insurance company or need to find one.

Preparations to Drive Home

The primary concerns in driving a recently-purchased vehicle home from another state are being able to insure the vehicle and getting the necessary paperwork to legally drive the car until it is registered in the owner’s state. The best way to address these concerns depends on state law, and whether the seller is an auto dealer or a private party. For a buyer who has existing insurance policies, getting coverage may be as simple as making a phone call. In other situations, a buyer may have to obtain coverage before driving the car home.