Originally Posted by missourijan
Another hitch in the action would be IF you plan to take out a loan on the vehicle, then Ca requires you to pay the sales tax & register it in Ca.
This simply isn't true. For nonresidents, you can avoid paying California sales tax *IF* you take out-of-state delivery...even if you have a loan on the vehicle.
We've purchased both an RV and an automobile in California, both with loans on them. We didn't pay California sales tax nor did we register the vehicles in California. We did take out-of-state delivery on both vehicles, however.
I'm surprised that the dealer from whom you were trying to purchase the vehicle wasn't aware of the out-of-state delivery rules!