Can anyone buy a car in the United States?

I'm an international student and need a car. Am I allowed to buy a vehicle here?

Answer
“Moving to the U.S. as an international student comes with a lot of change! If you need a car while you’re here, you should be able to purchase a vehicle, but you may have to jump through some hoops. Don’t worry though; you got this!
The first thing you need to decide is how much you’re willing to spend. This will help you determine whether to buy a new car or a used car. Even used cars provide quality, especially if you buy a certified pre-owned vehicle from the dealer. Many times, these are just as reliable as new cars, but often at a fraction of the price.
You’ll also need to decide whether you can afford to purchase a vehicle with cash or if you will need financing. If you need financing, shop around with lenders to find the best interest rates. However, without an established credit history, it may be harder to get a loan.
Once you find the car you want, you’ll also need to purchase car insurance. If you have a driver’s license from your home country or an International Driving Permit, some car insurance carriers will offer you insurance here.
However, some states do not recognize international licenses. With a student visa, you should be able to get a license in your state, but you’ll still want to look into the rules and regulations.
After you’ve sorted out your license issues, use the Jerry app to help you find the best car insurance rates from over 50 reputable American insurance companies. And after all that hassle, you’ll finally get to drive your own car in America. Enjoy the ride!”
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Emily Maracle
Answered on Aug 20, 2021
Emily Maracle is a car insurance specialist living in New York. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she has a degree in English Literature and a background in customer service. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and living sustainably. In the future, she can't wait to upgrade to a hybrid or electric car.
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