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I drove a 453 home tonight

So the lease on my Benz ran out last week, and my 2017 Cabrio is not in. The dealer loaned me a 2016 Passion coupe automatic while my Cabrio gets here, hopefully only another week or two.

It's hazel brown with black cell. Not a color I would have chosen, but it's a free loaner so I can't complain. This thing is pretty slick, a lot faster than I would have thought. Drove it in sport mode almost exclusively on the way home.

I've seen ONE other 453 on the road in Tsmpa. Where are you all hiding?
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Yep, the 453 sure does surprise you.
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At least you've seen another 453. I still only ever see 451's.
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At least you've seen another 453. I still only ever see 451's.
Still haven't seen one in my travels either.
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So the lease on my Benz ran out last week, and my 2017 Cabrio is not in. The dealer loaned me a 2016 Passion coupe automatic while my Cabrio gets here, hopefully only another week or two.

It's hazel brown with black cell. Not a color I would have chosen, but it's a free loaner so I can't complain. This thing is pretty slick, a lot faster than I would have thought. Drove it in sport mode almost exclusively on the way home.

I've seen ONE other 453 on the road in Tsmpa. Where are you all hiding?
Bought a 17 cab over the phone last week. Flying from Boise to Florida this sunday to drive it back 3,000 miles. Kamaal Peterson (good man) really tried to help me find this car & I'm sure he would have, just couldn't stomach the Calif sales tax.
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Where in Florida did you get it? Hopefully this means mine is coming very soon!


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MB of Coconut Creek FLL had just come in the day I spotted it.
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Bought a 17 cab over the phone last week. Flying from Boise to Florida this sunday to drive it back 3,000 miles. Kamaal Peterson (good man) really tried to help me find this car & I'm sure he would have, just couldn't stomach the Calif sales tax.


Congratulations – that sounds like a fun trip!

You can buy a car in California without being subject to California sales tax, as long as you're not a resident here.

However, you'd still be subject to sales tax in your home (legal residence) state of Idaho, using your example, at the prevailing tax rate of that state.
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Congratulations – that sounds like a fun trip!

You can buy a car in California without being subject to California sales tax, as long as you're not a resident here.

However, you'd still be subject to sales tax in your home (legal residence) state of Idaho, using your example, at the prevailing tax rate of that state.
Steven, I have bought cars in many other states to bring them back, however CA seems to be a different animal. talked with the MB folks at West Covina told me that if the car rolls off the lot I must pay CA taxes. 11.2% as opposed to ID 6%. I even taled w/ ID & CA dmv. same story. I would have loved to buy from Kamaal. Anyway when I get back the car will be broken in!!!!
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