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I am a new driver at 23 yrs old and am about to get my first car. When I decide on what to get, I want to know which state would be better to register in. I got my license in PA, but I reside in MD for the military. Also, my home of record is Illinois, so that could be an option as well. Any help would be greatly appreciated and please include sources if you have them.

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Hi Josh ...thank you for your military service. The answer is ...wherever its cheapest. The brain trust here; none of whom have lived in any of those 3 states...thinks that the answer is probably Illinois because of the other states inspection requirements which is driven by the age of the car. Beyond that the answer is I don't know with any degree of certainty which state is the best.  

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I can answer any question about the car buying process. I am a recognized industry expert on all issues regarding auto finance, including sub prime and buy here pay here financing, I can answer questions about car lock out systems, GPS monitoring by your bank, and about auto recovery methods and defenses. I am a 20 yr car industry expert and can tell you what to look for in a used car, how to negotiate the deal, help with how to market your own car, and how to negotiate with the internet department of any car store. I can tell you every single way the dealer is set up to beat you and how to avoid those traps, I can discuss all aftermarket and extended service contract products you will be offered in the finance process, I have lectured extensively on "The Best Way to Buy a Car" to civic groups and university students. I am a credit expert and can tell you what the dealer and banks are looking for and the rate you can expect to pay. CHECK OUT MY WEBSITE AT http://thecarguyz.wordpress.com/

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20 years industry experience in top management of dealerships and dealer groups. Recognized industry expert since 2004 in the Top 10 industry experts for The Gerson Lehrman Groups Auto Industry Council. I also do consulting work for Experts360, Atheneum Partners, Expert Connect and Coleman Research. I have been a franchise owner and understand all facets of the auto industry from the time the car leaves the factory until it leaves the lot with it's new owner. I have written training materials for both the prime and the subprime sales and finance process.

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Willamette University - Salem Oregon BA Economics Willamette University Graduate School of Business - Econometrics Statistics

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