Vehicles purchased for use outside California
You are generally not required to report tax on a vehicle that is sold and delivered for use outside California. You
must establish that the vehicle was delivered to the purchaser outside California (for example, delivered by your
employee or by common carrier), and that the purchaser did not take possession of the vehicle in California.
Last edited by ckessel; 03-26-2012 at 09:23 PM.
And I bought my MINI in Chicago, flew out to Chicago, paid for it, then physically drove it to Texas and paid taxes when I registered it in Texas. So I've done it once...
Of course there may be a workaround if you sort of only test drive it for a week there then have it delivered elsewhere. CA is too ar from me to consider factory delivery, so not an issue for me, but it indeed is a sucky law.
I hope Tesla sets up the delivery where you can go see your actual car, maybe drive it around the track for a few minutes, tour the factory then give the car back. You wouldn't take official delivery and could go back home and pay the taxes there.
I wonder if CA would mind if you did the paperwork first (titling, Bill of Sale, pay local taxes etc) in your home state, and then flew to CA to take possession of what is now YOUR car. The local Tesla store could do all the paperwork with you. Then you're not buying it in CA, it's only where the car happens to be sitting for the moment.
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