Buying and Selling FAQs in Nevada
Aside from our Buying & Selling reports, check out these questions and answers to get the ball rolling.
How much will it cost to register my new car?
The State of Nevada offers a handy online estimator to figure your registration fees. You'll need all of the vehicle information, including the VIN number, so have it handy before going online.
I was thinking about buying a salvaged car and restoring it. Can I do that?
No. It is illegal to sell a salvaged car. If the vehicle has an orange Salvage title, the Nevada DMV will not register, title, or transfer that vehicle so you should not buy it. Only the owner of that vehicle can restore it.
I've been looking at used cars, but some of them don't have titles. Can I buy them anyway?
The owner of the vehicle must apply for a duplicate title to transfer to you before you can buy it. You cannot register the vehicle in your name without the title.
I want to buy a used car, but will have to get my tags in a couple of weeks. Can I drive around without a tag until then? Or get a temporary tag?
You'll need to get a movement permit from a Full Service DMV; these are considered Nevada's "temporary tags."
You'll have to provide proof of insurance and show the signed-off title or proof of ownership and a movement permit will be issued for 30 days. The DMV advises that you use alternate transportation to drive to the DMV to pick up the movement permits.
I found a car I'd like to buy from a dealer in another state, but I'm a resident of Nevada. Is there anything special I need to know?
Buying a vehicle from another state is not much different than buying in-state, but there are a few things you should be aware of.
Ask the dealer for a movement permit to bring the vehicle back into Nevada. You should register it with the state before the movement permit expires or within 30 days maximum.
Nevada will collect the sales tax due, but depending on the state you buy from, part of the tax may have been collected during the sale.
Note that except for Utah purchases, that amount will be tallied with the total amount due, and you'll pay the difference when you register the vehicle. For Utah purchases, the amount may have been figured on the sales sheet, but you'll still pay the full amount due in Nevada at time of registration.
Be sure to take all documentation with you to a Full Service DMV. You'll need the invoice or bill of sale, title or the manufacturer's certificate of origin, the emissions report if required, and a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) inspection, which is done right there at the DMV Inspection Station before you go inside.
It's a good idea to also take proof of insurance, although this will be checked electronically during the application process.
One of my friends just imported a car from Italy, and has talked me into buying one, too. How do I import a car?
For general importing information, be sure to check out the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.
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