Buying a Car in the USA for Road Trip

America was practically designed for road trips. Whether you’re hopping from city to city or between National Parks, a car (or RV or motorcycle) is the best way to experience the country.

A proper American road trip should last months or years, not days or weeks. But hiring a car for that length of time can be outrageously expensive. (Nevermind that no one ever dreamed of driving California’s iconic Route 1 in a hired Kia Sorento.)

Buying a car is the best way to explore the America properly, but if you’re just visiting for a road trip, buying a car can be confusing and difficult.

So in this article we’re going to show you how to buy a car in the USA when for a road trip.


Buying a car in America is simple.  You give someone money, and they give you keys.  But that’s the easy part. In order to drive the car legally, you’ll need to properly register it.  That’s a bit more difficult.

In order to drive your car legally, you’ll need to properly register it.

American states, not the federal government, handle vehicle registration.  And most states require you to be a resident of that state in order to register a car there.  But as a tourist, how do you establish residency in an American state?


Most states require some sort of proof of address, such as a lease agreement or a utility bill, that make the process of establishing residency as an individual a bit more involved than simply using an AirBnb address, for instance.

But there’s another way to create a residency in the USA: set up a company.


Companies in America enjoy many of the same legal rights as “natural people” (i.e., those of us with a pulse).  One of those rights is the ability to register a vehicle.

So here’s how to buy a car in America for a road trip:

  1. Form a company, which is a resident of whatever state it’s formed in,

  2. Buy a car, and

  3. Register your car to your company.


Sound complicated?  It doesn’t have to be.  Here at, we set up companies and register cars for road trippers like you, day in and day out.

The best part?  We can have it all done before you turn up, so all you have to do is pick up the keys and start your road trip.


If you want to know exactly how it’s done, head here:

Or get in touch with us today.  If you’re just here for a road trip, we’d love to help you buy a car in the USA.