Buying boat from out of state

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  1. aquaholic

    aquaholic Newbie

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    Does anyone know what the registration fees and sales tax are when buying a used boat from out of state and registering it in California? In the process of looking at boats and don't want any big surprises.
     
  2. kelly1

    kelly1 Newbie

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    Here is an example for La county. $11,500.00 boat with trailer. Tax and registration.$1,136.00 plus $85.00 for permanent trailer fees. Our sales tax is 9%.
     
  3. aquaholic

    aquaholic Newbie

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    Damn. Boats I am looking at are in the 50k+ range. Does out of state purchase change anything? Any other tips to minimize the bend over? Friend of mine took possession of his new boat out of the country but had to keep it there for quite some time and he has a place in Cabo so it was legit.
     
  4. jim isbell

    jim isbell Well-Known "Member"

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    Oh yeah--I know ALL ABOUT IT. Just did it two months ago. A boat from Washington. Even "doing it by the book", is no small thing, and the all powerful state is ready to fine you if you get it wrong--OR, if you get it right, but don't get your ass in a move on, fast enough for their deadlines. Here is the short version of advise--work with AAA, they have a DMV section, and go over there before you buy and get their checklist, what you don't know can hurt you. First, the clock is ticking after you buy, so get the transfer without delay. Remember it is the boat and the trailer (if a trailer boat) that you have to register with CA. AND, these days, that trailer needs TWO places on the trailer, with the trailer ID. My WA boat HAD two stickers, both totally faded, and this caused real problems. If interested, I can give you more info on the process, and my somewhat creative solutions. [email protected]
     
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  5. irob2

    irob2 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Take off shore delivery avoid tax
     
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  6. Holi-e-Mackeral

    Holi-e-Mackeral Holi-e-Mackeral

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    Don't forget that you will be paying property tax on your boat every year..
     
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  7. Reel Kahuna

    Reel Kahuna Member

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    Huh??

    Regardless where the delivery takes place, CA still tax you both for boat and trailer and as mentioned annually Luxury tax
     
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  8. ba_reefer

    ba_reefer Member

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    Yup going to pay tax on what is on the pink slip
     
  9. c-level

    c-level Newbie

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    It's similar to buying a car as far as the tax goes and it's based on purchase price of the item. Make sure to find out if the trailer already was registered, my boat came from florida where there is no registration for the trailer and man that was a bitch to get through in California. Keep in mind getting a surveyor and a good shipper, for peace of mind you might want to go thru an escrow company unless you know the buyer or trust them.
     
  10. DBIGD

    DBIGD Large Member

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    What about buying the out of state boat into an LLC? Anyone have experience with that?
     
  11. 64 sleeper

    64 sleeper Father Fisherman Hunter

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    I heard if someone buying a boat and having the owner basically write a bill of sale for hull. All extras, motor, seats, GPS..... On a separate receipt. Made the boat about 1/2 total of what he paid. Lower registration fees, lower taxes..... Don't know how legal it was though. Pretty sure it worked. Good luck on your purchase.
     
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  12. matt86m

    matt86m Not worthy of a Title

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    Don't forget about the DMV inspection. I bought a 5th wheel trailer and a flatbed out of state and both had to be inspected, I did mine at AAA but it still had to be done.
     
  13. skipjack floyd

    skipjack floyd oldguy

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    Make sure the title are correct BEFORE you buy. I got a free boat and trailer and the title on the trailer wasn't correct. The DMV thing was going to be a nightmare so I put it back on Craigslist. Anytime you deal with the Peoples Republic of California expect the worst.
     
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  14. Otto

    Otto Well-Known "Member"

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    I'm considering the purchase of a new porta-bote 10 foot skiff which would be delivered by mail. $2200 for just the boat. I will need to register this boat. I imagine the DMV will get me for sales tax too. Since I own a house, would I be paying a luxury tax ?
     
  15. 64 sleeper

    64 sleeper Father Fisherman Hunter

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    I have a 9' porta bote in perfect condition I will sell you for $1000 if you can drive up to Santa Barbara or Ventura. Comes with oars and a 3 hp older but running evinrude. Give me a call..... Avoid CA taxes! They just give the money to people who don't deserve it.
     
  16. 64 sleeper

    64 sleeper Father Fisherman Hunter

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    Erik
    805-588-3232
     
  17. Otto

    Otto Well-Known "Member"

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    The 10 foot Porta-bote is a much better boat. All porta-botes were redesigned and improved starting with the 2014.
     
  18. aquaholic

    aquaholic Newbie

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    I'll be financing the purchase with a secured loan so I think I will have very little wiggle room on what bill of sale/pink slip says.
     
  19. OILAGER

    OILAGER Hecho en Estados Unidos

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    Regarding offshore delivery:

    http://www.boe.ca.gov/lawguides/business/current/btlg/vol2/suta/585-8000.html

    DMV verifications required for both.

    As far as the LLC question goes you still have to pay sales tax if you're using the boat and not a licensed reseller, if you're not licensed reseller and resell the boat it is considered an unrecorded transfer and still subject to tax on your purchase and your buyer also has to pay tax. Plus you'll have to declare it on your corporate tax return every year as an asset, and if any state or federal auditors decide you have been using it primarily for personal use and not part of your everyday business, possible income avoidance penalties.
     
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  20. lynndeva

    lynndeva Fishing mom

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    I just heard yesterday about the "90 day yacht club" in Mexico haha
     

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