I live in Maine.
I'm planning on purchasing either a new 530ix or 545.
I'll be purchasing it for European delivery. From Europe, I want it
shipped back not to my home in Maine, but to California so I can drive
it back across country to home (Maine).
1. Can I arrange for it to be shipped back from Europe to a different
dealer (and state) from which I purchased it?
2. What about sales tax and registration issues? Would I have to pay
California AND Maine sales tax? Can I wait until I drive it back home
to Maine before I register it?
My local dealer threw up his hands and couldn't answer my
Thanks in advance for any help!
Contact BMWNA about this. I would suspect that it would take some
coordination between the 2 dealers, but would not be impossible. This
website, http://www.bmwusa.com/bmwexperience/EuropeanDelivery/default.htm ,
has info about the program that you may or may not already know about. You
can call this number 866-868-7269 for info about factory tours in Germany.
They may also be able to answer your questions about the delivery pick up
You don't need to register a car in the state it was purchased, only in the
state where you live. I only know taxes in Massachusetts, where you pay
taxes at the time of registration and Florida where you need to show that
you have paid at least 6% sales tax wherever you purchased the car. Maine
should be similar. Call your local city clerk or tax collector, they will
be able to tell you for sure.
Try a different dealer. Dreher-Holloway in Stratham, NH was always helpful
to me as was Tulley BMW in Nashua, NH.
Thanks for your advice.
Unfortunately, my local dealer says that they can't arrange for me to
purchase the car from them and have it shipped back from Europe to a
different dealer on the west coast.
I guess I'll just need to find a BMW dealer on the west coast and
purchase it from them. We'll want one in Los Angeles or San
On Sun, 17 Apr 2005 22:17:28 GMT, "Kyle and Lori Greene"
Not if he's a resident of Maine. Unless CA has some weird laws, the car
is registered in the state the that the owners lives and the taxes are
paid to their taxing authority - state, county, local, etc.
The Dealer Can Issue you Thirty Day Dealer Tags. Meaning you have thirty
days to register your vehicle in what ever state you have to register it in.
Im sure its not going to take you thirty days to get to maine.
Dont believe the hype about getting your car shipped to a dealership in
California. Alot of Stateside dealers dont like it when a buyer imorts
directly from europe. So they will naturally disuade you from doing so. What
you can do is get a temporary plate issued from The country you are
importing your car from. That vehicle can be shipped from anywhere in the
world to anywhere in the world. If a particular dealer in California wont
take delivery. Try another dealer. They get cars in every month. As long as
you are there to pick up your vehicle none should have a problem. You can
even be at the dealership on the day of delivery and take delivery of your
own vehicle. No law denies you that right. Your vehicle will already meet
customs regulations. You could take delivery at walmart if you wanted. Hate
when dealerships misguide concerning overseas buying. sorry for the long
wind. this is a pet peeve for me.
We live in Kentucky, and bought our Z3 across the river in Ohio. We had
to get a temporary Ohio registration just to go the five miles from the
dealer to the border, and we signed papers that said we were taking the
car out of Ohio avoid the Ohio sales tax. Also, Kentucky recognized the
30 day Ohio dealer tag, even though they gave us a ten day deadline to
register the car in Kentucky (and pay the Kentucky sales tax, of
course.) It was pretty complicated, but it was a process that the dealer
was used to handling, and I'll bet the California dealers are used to it
also. But if you are in Maine, owuldn't New York City be a more
convenient port of entry for the car?
Thank you for your comments.
New York WOULD be closer, but the point is that my wife and I want to
enjoy a slow (2 week) cross country drive, but we don't want to drive
This seemed like a nice way to enjoy a 1 week stay in Europe, then 2
months later, when the car is delivered to CA, enjoy a 2 week meander
back from CA to Maine.
One additional question. I'll be switching from a Lexus LS430 to the
BMW 5 series. I really like the navigation system on the Lexus. Any
experience with how the BMW navigation system compares with the Lexus
I agree. You don't want to be making your purchase in CA. I don't think you
can purchase in CA, take delivery but not register until you get to ME.
I guess I am missing an important point. I see two transactions here with
BMW. The first is your purchase from your home state with delivery in
Europe. The second is your sending the car back to the states with the
receiving dealer in CA. The third transaction does not involve BMW, and that
is the registration in your home state. I don't know how the registration in
Europe is handled, but my guess is that BMW knows all about this part.
Based on my experience of importing into Britain from Germany, the
manufacturer provides temporary number plates and insurance (unless you
arrange the latter yourself). You'll have to discuss with the supplier the
In my case the temporary insurance lasted to a day or two after import as
the UK insurer did not want to take the car on whilst it was outside the UK
(and not registered here). I did it all myself, not participating in the
manufacturer's Germany collection scheme (because that would have meant
paying the higher UK price).
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