In Reply to: Pennsylvania VS. New Jersey posted by Thomas on September 21, 1999 at 20:46:57:
: Hi guys...I just have a few questions that I have been pondering. I plan to buy a 323Ci in the near future. My residency is in New Jersey but I go to college in Pennsylvania. I was wondering, under the law,if I could buy and register my bimmer under PA and use my college as residency in the state. Pa is significantly cheaper than NJ in terms of dealer asking price,insurance, etc. Or can I buy the car in Pa and register it in NJ? Also..Does anyone know anygood dealers in the Lehigh Valley area of Pa or Central Jersey. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanx!!!!
First, you will get charged the state tax for your residence -- even if you buy out of state. That's because the Midatlantic states (and perhaps others) have laws requiring dealers to do this. Second, you'll have to trade your NJ license in for a PA one if you want that to be your residence. (And likely proove that your income taxes, if any, are paid to that state) Third, insurance companies will give you a hassle if the car isn't kept in the state where you register it, and where you hold your license. (different liability coverage for different states.) Lastly, don't forget you've got to deal with inspection and all that in the state you choose.
I've been down this same road because I live in NYC, but own and garage some old classic cars in PA --- which is the only place I use those.