Well that’s good to hear! You’re going to need that $ for diesel driving cross country. At least it’s cheaper now. Should be a fun drive. I have no idea how these things handle the highway. Like a big moving truck? Does it have cruise control? I miss big road trips, it’s been awhile.
Congratulations! It is always great to have another Kodiak in the crowd.
If they are an 'official' dealer (I am guessing they are being an auction company), they will need a Bill of Laden from a licensed transport company showing it will leave the state on their transport. So a local 'tow' company towing it off the lot and around the corner will not work.
When I used to live in northern California, many of the dealers (even the official dealerships) would deliver vehicles to southern Oregon (a no sales tax state) no charge to make the sale, if that is where it was going to be registered. They did it with drivers, not on transports, so somehow that must be allowed? I've had a 'smaller' dealer in California, drop off the car I bought at a local to him shopping mall as the 'truck driver wanted lots of room to load', and they just accepted a copy of the Bill of Laden that it was leaving the state on a transport <wink-wink>. YMMV
I run a car dealership in CA and the rules are pretty simple.
1. have it driven by an agent of the seller out of state (unlikely they’ll do this)
2. Transport/tow it out of state and the wheels don’t touch the ground. Usually the seller has to control the bill of lading to ensure it’s not driven around the corner and dropped as someone pointed out above.
3. ***easiest route. Obtain a “one way permit” from the CA dmv. This allows the buyer to drive away and pay tax at their intended state and register there too. It has a time limit and needs to be respected or pay big fines. These are easy and most sellers can issue you one. I could for example if we sold it to you. $125~ for this.
I brought my 79 MB400 back from CA. The one way trip permit was $20. It had no expiry date. It was valid as long as you were heading towards the final destination you wrote in on the back of the permit. So I made sure to go to my local inspection shop on the way home to get that paperwork done.
No other fees in CA. Even though the tags were out of date.
Where do you live? I buy and sell a few big rigs every year. Right before Covid I was seeing 1.60 to 1.70 per mile via Uship. You will get an even better deal going direct with a broker or trucking company of good repute. Not sure what shipping costs are doing now but fuels is cheap. I always recommend this option if it's in the budget. Fixing a fried hub in Peach Springs AZ on a weekend can get expensive quick and can involve such pleasures as bus rides to LV and flights home and back. Not fun. Ask me how I know. Be sure to properly value your time. You are almost certain to have at least one issue once you show up. Can you solve that in the field without your tools? Trucking it is how dealers do it most of the time unless they are close to home.