California residents buying a vehicle in California will pay an 8.25% sales tax, which you won’t have to pay again when you register the vehicle with the DMV. As far as back fees go, buyers are typically responsible for back fees in California, but with a Reg 262, you won’t have to pay back fees and penalties.
If you’re a California resident buying a vehicle from another state, you won’t have to pay any additional sales tax at the time of purchase.
What kind of ownership documents will I get?
Since California purchases are completed through an affiliated dealer/dismantler, they will process your paperwork. Instead of a title, you’ll receive an Acquisition Bill of Sale. This is also known as a REG 262, which may be able to be changed to a salvage title when you register with the California DMV. Keep in mind, you’ll have to make all the necessary repairs and go through the DMV inspection process to register the vehicle as a salvage title. This doesn’t apply if you’re purchasing a vehicle from out of state.
If the vehicle has a Non-Repairable California title, you can’t register it at all as a California resident. You can still purchase the vehicle, but you’ll receive a non-repairable title and the Reg 262 form with no acquisition number.