How to Buy a Car From Another State

Buying a car from out of state is becoming more common due to limited inventory, but it’s not without its potential pitfalls. 

When Colleen McDarby set out to buy an Audi Q8 last fall, she had no idea her search would lead to a dealership in Des Moines, Iowa, and end up involving a repair shop. 

McDarby, a federal employee, couldn’t find a vehicle with the features she wanted at dealers near her hometown in Centreville, Va. So she went to CarGurus, an automotive comparison shopping site, plugged in the details, and found an Audi dealer in Des Moines with the exact model. She purchased the vehicle in October. 

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