I bought a used Accord a few years back from Roger Beasley Honda in San Marcos and think I got a pretty fair deal from them, though I had to haggle for quite a while on my trade. I think somebody else owns the dealership now.I can't think of any specific horror stories I've heard or places to warn you away from. Buying a certified vehicle with a warranty of some kind might be advisable for your peace of mind - I don't think Texas's consumer protection laws are nearly as strong as NY's.Thank god for used car dealers. But for them, who else would attorneys have to look down on?
If you'd need to register in New York, that's a NY law. My mom works at a dealership in Nebraska, so both my wife and I have gotten our cars through there. They just slap on the piece of paper that says temporary, and let us carry the necessary documents for registration down to Texas with us.The flight to NY and drive back are still something that can't really be avoided. Well, the flight can be avoided if you trust your dad's choice in cars, and he's willing to drive down to TX to visit his little baby.