With our extensive inventory of new Subaru models and pre-owned vehicles, we're the destination in the greater Providence, Rhode Island, region for a desirable lineup of vehicles. But, that's not all. With our close proximity to Massachusetts and Connecticut, out-of-state drivers often turn to us to see what our dealership has to offer.

If you hail from New England or New York, you should know that buying a car out-of-state is fairly straight forward; especially with the help of our team at Balise Subaru. We're committed to making buying out-of-state easy by handling the titling and registration paperwork for you so that you can settle into the driver's seat of your new Subaru model and enjoy the ride.

For peace of mind, you will find answers to all of your concerns right here on this page; starting with emissions requirements and followed by sales tax collection and transporting your vehicle back to Massachusetts, Connecticut or another surrounding state.

What You Need to Know About Buying a Car Out-of-State

Emissions Standards: California is known for its tough emission standards. But, it's not the only state to implement these standards. Rhode Island, for instance, is now in compliance with the California Air Resources Board (CARB); meaning that if you purchase a vehicle here in Rhode Island, your vehicle will meet emissions standards in all 50 states. 

Sales Tax Collection: If you found a vehicle that you like here at our showroom, but you don't reside in Rhode Island, fear not. Just because you're purchasing a vehicle at our showroom but you live in Massachusetts or Connecticut doesn't mean you will pay sales tax twice. In fact, you will only pay sales tax to the state that you register your vehicle in.

Transporting Your Vehicle Back Home: At Balise Subaru, we make this process smooth and easy for our out-of-state drivers. All of our sales associates understand all of the comprehensive rules implemented by the DMV. We will also provide you with a temporary registration and license plate so  you can legally drive your vehicle back home.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will I be taxed twice if I purchase a vehicle out-of-state?: Fortunately, no. Prospective buyers should know that you will only be taxed in the state that you register the vehicle in.
  • Will you hold a Subaru vehicle or another model for me?: To ensure that you drive home in the car of your dreams we recommend contacting a member of your team and discuss your out-of-state situation with us. From there we can provide you with a personalized answer.
  • Will I be able to drive my car home across state lines hassle-free?: Absolutely. We will complete all registration paperwork for you and even provide you with a temporary license plate.

If you have any further questions about purchasing a vehicle out-of-state, be sure to contact the experts at Balise Subaru by calling 877-848-6349.

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At Balise Subaru, We Have Served Drivers from All Over RI, MA, CT, NH, VT, ME, NY, & Beyond


  • Attleboro, MA
  • Boston, MA
  • Worcester, MA
  • Springfield, MA
  • Plymouth, MA
  • Cape Cod, MA
  • New London, CT
  • Hartford, CT
  • New Haven, CT
  • Nashua, NH

Balise Subaru

561 Quaker Lane
Directions West Warwick, RI 02893

  • Sales: 401-287-2921
  • Service: 401-780-3492
  • Parts: 401-780-3491