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I'm in Texas and have been shopping cycle trader. I found a 2019 AT DCT with 3 miles on it in CA. At a dealer. Its listed for 8700.00. Great price compared to local dealers. Do CA bikes have extra restrictions emission or motor wise that would cause the price to be 3-4k cheaper than here in Houston. Just seems too good to be true.
 

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It should not be a problem registering a California bike in Texas as the Calif. emissions standards are stricter than Texas, but... Here in California it is very common for dealers to advertise prices much lower than they actually will sell the bike for. If you read the fine print in the advertisements there is usually a note that says the price does not include additional dealer markup or additional fees etc.. They are also notorious for adding huge setup fees to compensate for a lower advertised price.
 

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It should not be a problem registering a California bike in Texas as the Calif. emissions standards are stricter than Texas, but... Here in California it is very common for dealers to advertise prices much lower than they actually will sell the bike for. If you read the fine print in the advertisements there is usually a note that says the price does not include additional dealer markup. They are also notorious for adding huge setup fees to compensate for a lower advertised price.
That practice stopped years ago in the province of Ontario. It is illegal to do that.
 

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You should be able to ask them what their "out the door" price is, including everything. Should be able to skip sales tax and registration, with a TX drivers license and address. (Pay in TX at DMV.)

No fears about a CA bike in TX. I think the ATs are "50 state" compatible bikes from an emissions perspective, so should really be an identical bike to one you would find in TX. You might be able to get them to video the bike and ship it to you. Stranger things are happening, now.
 

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There are no longer non-50-state produced motorcycles/cars/trucks/motorhomes etc. Since CA developed some, if not THE MOST restrictive emissions requirements for years and years, quite a few states just adopted CA's requirements. Now, and has been for quite a while, it's just easier to manufacture all those said vehicles/trucks/motorcycles to the same standards. So, no, you're not gonna have any issues registering a CA sold AT, in Texas.

Now, as for the advertised price, CA is not alone in this practice. Dealers of any and all vehicles/trucks/motorhomes/boats/motorcycles/space ships/sub marines etc. in every state in the Union, all show the lowest base price they can, in order to attract buyers. It's a MIND game. Advertising, especially in the automotive/motorcycle world, is and has been a psychological thing ever since Henry Ford invented the Ford. Anything to attract buyers. Now, once you're in the hot seat, in front of the finance manager in a dealership, THEN is when STICKER SHOCK takes hold. Then is when each and every item is tacked on and you eventually arrive at an OUT THE DOOR price.

As for the legal requirements for registration when you're purchasing from out of state, well, that's ALWAYS up to the states requirements where the vehicle/motorcycle is being sold from. If they allow some form of temp registration, 'till you get it to your state and can register it in your state, then grate. There's lots of reciprocity legalities for this kind of thing so, a call to your local Motor Vehicle Department (if their even open, many of them across the U.S. are shut down) will enlighten you on procedures for your intent. Good luck.
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You will also have to get it registered in Texas before you can ride it out of state. Calif. Dealers can't get an out of state buyer a temporary tag to ride the vehicle out of state. You'd have to trailer it out. We went through this in 2015 when my Wife wanted a new 650 V-Strom. Some dealer in Riverside County advertised an incredible price. We were out in California for a family event and drove to the dealer. Low and behold with the set-up fees and "dealer mark-up" the bike was more than MSRP. The dealership would not give us an "out-the-door" price over the phone. Other dealers told us about the NO temporary tag issue. Not sure if the laws are still the same, but it was a nightmare last we checked to buy in California.
 
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