Where/when do I buy a car if I'm moving?
March 26, 2010 1:04 PM Subscribe
I'm moving from Philadelphia to North Carolina. Where and when do I buy my first car and car insurance?
posted by eisenkr to Shopping (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
This summer, I'm finishing graduate school in Philadelphia and heading down to Chapel Hill to teach. I've got the moving and finding a place to live details down pretty well, but I think I'll need to buy my own car to get around North Carolina. Although I've been driving zip-cars and rental cars for a long time, I've never bought a car (or car insurance) before and don't know anything about the costs or benefits associated with buying a car in different states/at different times.
I basically have three related questions:
1. I'm moving to NC in July but can buy a car at any time before that. Where should I buy the car if I want to minimize both cost and hassle (registering the car in different states, getting it re-inspected, etc.)?
2. Do I have to live in a state to register the car in that state or is there some flexibility on that side of things?
3. Do I have to get car insurance before I buy the car and, if so, does it matter where the car is registered or if I'm going to re-register the car in a different state?