How To Buy A Car In The USA On A Tourist Visa - Things To Consider When Buying A Vehicle As A Foreigner
So you've decided to buy a car rather than rent for your upcoming visit to the USA. Maybe it's because you will be here for an extended period of time and it works out cheaper than renting. Sometimes the one way drop off fee can be huge. Maybe it is because you are under 25 and with the additional charge you are better off buying your own car/van. Whatever your reasons may be, there are a couple of things to consider when buying your new or used vehicle in the United States as a foreigner on a tourist visa.
The search for our future ‘Road Trip USA’ van began well before we landed in the land of opportunity. We began researching makes and models in our price range of around $2000 on the craigslist website. We planned on doing several thousand miles so we needed something that was reliable and got good mileage. We decided the van best suited for us would be a Chevrolet Astro with a v6 engine. It had enough room for a bed but was still small enough to be easy to drive and not be too costly with fuel. We would be arriving in Los Angeles so we were searching for vans in the LA area. There seemed to be plenty of Astro’s available at decent prices so we were confident finding one would be no problem.
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