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Old 06-09-2013, 03:14 PM   #1
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Purchasing used RV in Colorado, want to register in Arizona

We are considering the purchase of a 2003 Travel Supreme Select from a private seller in Colorado. We own a home and plan on residing in Arizona.

Should we register in Colorado? Doing so will require paying sales tax on the purchase. That I know for sure.

As an alternative, can I simply take that RV to Arizona and register it there? I will ultimately register it there anyway. Will I pay sales tax there or in Colorado or at all?

If I lived in Arizona and I came to Colorado to purchase a used RV from a private seller how would that look? Would I get a temporary license?

I'm all over the map on this so some sound advice would help.



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Old 06-09-2013, 03:23 PM   #2
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Not to worry. Arizona will stick it to you one way or another.

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If you want the facts, you should call the DMV in Arizona and explain your situation, anonymously of course. Some states, Ohio for one, will not issue a temp tag for a private party purchase when taking vehicle out-of-state to register, so inquire in CO if they will issue. Or just ask the seller to let you drive on his tags to AZ.
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Old 06-10-2013, 08:11 AM   #4
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We bought in AZ from a private seller and was told at the DMV itself that since it was a private sale then no sales tax needs be paid. That was almost 2 years ago but I doubt it's changed all that much. Call them and get the answers for yourself.
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Old 06-10-2013, 08:16 AM   #5
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Registration in Colorado is expensive. If the Colorado tags are still good then maybe it makes sense to drive it to AZ and register there. Not sure if legal but worth a shot. If stopped, have a letter from previous owner saying you are borrowing it
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I can't answer for either state but I know how most states work. First you must register the vehicle in your home state. There are wasy to regester in one state and live in another but most states have cracked down on that practice significantly. Second, your home DMV will charge you sales tax based on fair marked value when you register. The exception is if the seller is authorized to collect sales tax in his state and your state has tax reseprosity (probably not in your case). You can have the seller under value the sales receipt slightly but if it is too far off the mark they will go to fair market value.
Basically your better off just sucking it up and go through the process. As far as getting temp tags you'll have to call both CO and AZ DMV and see how they handle that. Some will authorize temp lags for a private sale, others will not.
I seriously doubt that the seller will allow you to drive on his tag because of legal risk, I certainly would not.
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Old 06-10-2013, 08:45 AM   #7
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You can go to servicearizona online and get a temporary transit tag. In Arizona if you purchase from a private party there is no sales tax
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:09 AM   #8
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You do not have to register in the purchase state. Look on AZs MVD site. No Sales tax are due when purchasing from a private seller, in state, or out. You can print a 3 day paper tag and drive to AZ MVD, with title in hand, where it will have to be inspected and the VIN, title, and insurance are verified. Since you own a home in AZ I can't see any problem.

I have personally talked to MVD and verified this myself when I was looking to buy a truck from another state. I would sugest you do this yourself. I have had good responses for AZs MVD. Taxes due would be the only difference when buying form a dealer.

The annual motor vehicle taxes are based on original MSRP that is reduced by 16% each year. (based on the previous years calculated 'value').

I once bought a vehicle in NC, in my son's name, collected the paperwork from the dealer, drove to KY and he registered it and payed the sales tax required by KY. NC was not involved in the transaction.

P.S. In AZ, the tags stay with the person, not the vehicle. When the transaction occurs, the old tags are no longer valid, thus the 3 day tag for transport. When selling an AZ registered vehicle, you can apply for a refund of the prorated unused vehicle taxes. (Just FYI)
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DMV no longer requires inspection of a vehicle being brought in from out of state. You just take the title to the DMV office and get it registered.
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I bought my car out of state and drove it home to AZ on a temporary permit. Since I bought it from a dealer, I had to pay all the taxes that were due, plus the registration fees once I got back to AZ. All of this was done in one stop at the DMV office. If I'd bought from a private party, as others have noted, there is no sales tax, just the registration. All very simple in AZ.

You will just need to contact your insurance company before taking possession of the vehicle.

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