I'll be spending 6 months in the US as a postdoctoral scholar (Penn State), and I'm considering buying a car and selling it before my departure. I guess this is the only option since rental deals for such a long period of time just don't make any sense. I'm also assuming that 6 months is sufficiently long enough to justify the expense & hassle of purchasing a car.
I guess I'm looking for some general advice here. My questions are the following:
1.) Obviously I'm not an US citizen, but I will have a temporary US address. I also have a valid driving license in my country and a valid international driving permit. Am I allowed to buy and register a car in the US, to begin with?
2.) I briefly browsed a couple of web sites to check the prices. How much do I have to add to the listed price (for taxes, registration, fees, paperwork, insurance...) to get the car "on the road"? I know this varies greatly, but maybe just a rough estimate would help. The car I would buy would presumably be a 10-15-year-old car, worth no more than $4000.
2.) Are there car dealerships in the US that take the same car back without making it a condition that another car has to be purchased?
All other topic-related tips are more than welcome.