Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Krishna asks: I am planning to move to Colorado soon but am currently stuck in California until then, unfortunately. That being said, I might not be able to move for over 30 days, in which case, rather than buying a car in Colorado, I might have to buy it in California, worst case scenario. If I do need to do that, I’m thinking about shipping the car to Colorado (this would be in lieu of leasing or renting a car while I’m in California before I exit).
I’ve decided on buying a Jeep Grand Cherokee. My question is, therefore, would it be more advisable to lease and/or rent while I’m in California or would it make more sense to buy in California and then ship the car to Colorado – and why? I’m not too worried about the shipping expense. My main concern and curiosity is, would a Jeep Grand Cherokee bought in California be of significantly worse physical and/or mechanical quality than buying it physically in Colorado and if yes, why? If it would be, then I feel like I should buy in Colorado. In any case, at your earliest convenience, please let me know of your answer, thoughts, and recommendations.
My reply: I’d start be seeing what the cost to buy the GC in California would be – including all applicable taxes – and the costs of transferring title/tags, etc. once in CA and then again in CO – vs. the cost of buying it (and titling/registering it) in CO. My hunch is you’d save money by buying the GC in CO – even factoring in the cost of renting a vehicle for the 30 days you’ll be in CA. And by doing this, you’d eliminate the cost of shipping the vehicle to CA – which I’m guesstimating will run you around $800-$1,200.
Another thing to take into account is the miles you won’t put on the vehicle, if you wait until you’re in CO to buy the GC. And also that, if you buy it from a local dealer (in CO) you will have a relationship with that dealer, which may be important in the event of warranty/service issues.
So, unless you can find a really good deal on the GC in CA, my advice would be to wait until you are in CO to buy and – for the next 30 days – rent the cheapest basic appliance you can find.
Keep us posted on all of this – and your move, too!
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