Can a foreigner buy a car in USA

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51. Posted by jtorjo (Budding Member 17 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hi OldPro,

Thanks for the thorough response!

I am aware of the possible issues I could run into when buying a car. Having said that, I would still want to do it.

I will not be providing false residency, I will register the car on my friend's home address (Miami). Now that I think about it, if it's possible (and easier), I may even register it on his name.

Best,
John

52. Posted by OldPro (Inactive 400 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

http://www.4autoinsurancequote.com/learning-center/car-insurance-for-non-us-citizens/

If you insist on going down the 'buy' route than make sure the insurance will cover you. That means, getting a quote as a 'foreign driver' up front and getting it in WRITING that you as a foreign driver are covered.

You should also consider the issue of selling when you are ready to leave the country. You can expect to lose a considerable percentage of your purchase cost if you want a dealer to buy it on a given day, especially if they know the circumstances.

You may want to consider negotiating a 'buy back' price when offering to purchase a car. You can try to do that with a dealer or with a private individual. You basically ask them to agree to buy it back at an agreed price. That eliminates having to try and find someone to buy it when you are ready to leave the country.

53. Posted by OldPro (Inactive 400 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Let me take one last stab at persuading you to rent.

Presumably, the reason you want to buy is because you don't think you could either rent a 2006 Mustang anywhere or if you could, not at a price that would work for you. Try this:
https://turo.com/rentals/cars/tn/memphis/ford-mustang/50255

I can't tell from a quick look but an e-mail to Turo should quickly get you an answer to whether they rent to foreign drivers or only USA licensed drivers. That will depend on their insurance coverage.

If it will work, the $675 per MONTH number should be pretty attractive to you. Do note the mileage included though. You may need to negotiate something there if you plan to drive a LOT of miles.

54. Posted by OldPro (Inactive 400 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Like RED?

https://turo.com/rentals/cars/ca/san-jose/ford-mustang/1946

55. Posted by jtorjo (Budding Member 17 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hi OldPro,

That IS INSANE !!! I have to check that out!
For sure, that sounds kinda' amazing :)

I'll take turo.com for a drive, looks kinda' awesome :)

Best,
John

56. Posted by OldPro (Inactive 400 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Let me know what answers you get. It would be interesting for the next time someone asks about buy vs. rent etc.

57. Posted by jtorjo (Budding Member 17 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Yes, will certainly do!

Anyway, long story short, I think I will go the following route: Use turo for wheels within the cities (Chicago, NY, Washington DC), and use the bus (greyhound) to travel between the cities, until I get to Miami (mid-end December).

I'll stay there at my friend, and I can buy a car and register to his address. Long story short, I've thought about this looong and hard, and there seems to be no other decent way.

Also, going with a rental for a longer period of time is such a pain, and always have the feeling I'd get screwed in the case of an accident. Companies such as Hertz, Avis, offered something around $1700/month, and with just basic insurance, and that's just a deal breaker for me.

Also, if I were to use a rental, I would need a rather big name, since I'd be getting the car in a location (Chicago), and dropping it off really far (Miami, or Seattle).

Best,
John

58. Posted by jtorjo (Budding Member 17 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

So, first Mustang 2007, got at $45/day for Chicago (5 days). Will soon book NY, and then we'll see :)

Best,
John

59. Posted by VictorN (Budding Member 3 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for sharing!

60. Posted by OldPro (Inactive 400 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

It appears the Turo includes insurance in their prices jtojo.

Given the fact it is not a 'normal' rental company though you do have to return the car to where you started from. But then 'normal' rental companies charge a significant 'drop-off charge' if you don't do the same with their cars.

I would look at using Turo and Greyhound and still avoiding buying. There is nothing to stop you using a Turo cars to do a series of smaller circular tours returning to your start point.

Buying for an even shorter period than you originally intended, makes even less sense than buying to use for a longer period of time. I don't think buying makes sense for under 6 months. But it's your money.