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Oliver C. Joseph

3795 West State Route 15
Directions Belleville, IL 62226

  • Sales: (877) 215-4650
  • Service: (888) 762-4086
  • Parts: (888) 713-5788

Buying a Car Out of State - FAQ

Why buy a car in a different state?
     Whether if your looking for the perfect new car or the previously loved car of your dreams, there are a number of reasons to get your next vehicle here at Oliver C. Joseph. As the World's oldest Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM dealer, you know we've only been in business this long because we treat our customers by the golden rule.  

How do I buy a car in a different state?
    Just like buying a car around the corner from your house, buying a car from a dealership in a different state isn't an hard at all. You will need the same information to buy a car no matter where you find it. Typically this includes a valid driver's license, proof of vehicle insurance, proof of residency (a utility bill) and prof of income. In some cases the bank my request more information so it's best to get pre-approved for your loan and reserve your vehicle before making the trip to the dealership.

So how do I know it's the right car for me?
      We know finding the right car for you is hard; we're glad you found us! We will work have to make sure the vehicle you've selected is everything you're looking for! If you contact our Internet Team about buying a car, they are able to send you a HD video taken personally for you to answer any questions you have about the vehicle and they will be sure sure to point out even the smallest areas of concern (like a rock chip). Though we do preform a rigorous inspection on all used cars we sell, you are welcome to contact a local independent repair shop to hire someone to take the car for a test drive and report back to you. To keep this process transparent we do not suggest anyone in particular.


How do the taxes work buying a car outside of the state where I live?
     You only pay sales tax based on where you register your new vehicle. You do NOT pay sales tax twice; you only owe the tax at the rate where you live. For those registering their new vehicle in a state other than Missouri, we will check your state's tax requierments to make sure everything is done correctly (such as Alaska which requires paperwork to be turned in by hand).
     St. Louis and Missouri residence may have heard they don't have to pay taxes if buying in Illinois or a different state. That is not true; it is not the full story. Due to a tax loophole, depending on where you live, you may not owe city/county sales tax; everyone must pay state sales tax. Missouri residence will be responsible for all tax, title registrations & inspection (on used cars) fees.

Do I actually have to go to Oliver C. Joseph to get my car?
     No, we can do the paperwork by registered mail. By overnighting the paperwork back and fourth and having signatures notarized, you are able to buy a car without having to be here in Belleville. Though this option does take a bit more legwork, it is cost effective for some people. We are also near a Metro station which connects with St. Louis Lambert International Airport if you would like to look at flying in and driving home. We can add the cost of shipping the vehicle to your location will be in addition to the sale price of the vehicle or you can arrange for your own transport. We have a number of shipping options and our Internet Team can help you find the best option to fit your needs. If you decide to come visit the Oldest Dodge Dealer in the world, we will work to make your automotive dreams a reality! 

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