2016 Mazda CX-5 GT AWD w/Tech Pkg
- Plano, Texas, USA
So what is going to happen if one bought a new car at higher sales tax state but is registered at a lower sales tax state? Can he get a refund?In summary, you're going to pay tax with a car is registered, not where it's bought
Each state may have different regulations, and they could get changed along the way. I do remember you can or at least it used to be able to buy a car with out-of-state status without paying sales tax at the time of purchase.
A friend here in Dallas area who bought a new Lexus RX 350 here, then drove it to LA for use for his second home there. He paid lower 6.25% sales tax for Texas (not 8.25% general sales tax we usually pay in Dallas which includes 2% local sales tax) instead of ~10% in LA area. He only needed to get CA smoke test and transfered the title to CA. He saved almost $2K on sales tax by doing this.