My 10 years spent buying and selling cars for Edmunds. I've spent hours untangling the DMV registration processes and trying to avoid just such title problems for the test cars we've bought. But even an expert can be stumped.
People hate having to wait in line at the DMV. Many agencies allow customers to do transactions online, rather than in their brick-and-mortar locations. Using a DMV's Web site is a good way to avoid long lines.
A vehicle's title, properly signed, is the key to registering a car. Here's what I've learned this time around: While each state has its own specific requirements, it always boils down to being able to prove ownership. Using that concept as a guide will help anyone find his way through this bureaucratic maze at the DMV. A document called the title also called the "pink slip" proves you own the vehicle.
Providing a "clear" title — which means one without loans attached — is the bedrock of any vehicle sale or purchase. When you buy a car at a dealership, the dealer files the registration papers for you. If you're buying or selling a car yourself, you'll have to deal with your state's DMV, which can go by a variety of other names, such as registry of motor vehicles. If you have all the documentation of the sale or purchase — and the forms are signed correctly — things should go smoothly.
But there are situations where ownership is hard to prove or signatures are impossible to obtain, such as in my case. Then the frustration begins. Since DMV laws vary by state, this article can't possibly cover all the details of buying and selling vehicles.
Below I will cover, in broad terms, the two most common tasks: buying and selling. I will also offer some tips for resolving more complicated situations, such as the difficulty I faced registering the Sentra. Before making a deal with the seller, find out from your state's DMV Web site exactly what documentation you will need to register it. In most cases, you must provide a clear title that is signed by the seller. The seller's signature releases his ownership of the vehicle and it can then be transferred to you. In many states, you will be required to pay sales tax on the car before you receive the current registration and, later, the license plates.
In some cases, the car you are buying might also have the name of a bank or other lender on the title. That means there is a lien or loan on it. To get the bank to release ownership, the loan balance must be paid off and a bank's representative has to sign the title. When you sell your car, you need to provide a signed, clear title to the buyer.
In California and some other states, the back of the title acts as a bill of sale. It has a space for the names and addresses of both the buyer and seller, along with the purchase price of the car. In California, the seller must also provide a smog test for older cars. Once full payment is received from the buyer, the only other thing you need to do is file a "release of liability" form, which is often available online. This tells the state's DMV what the vehicle's odometer reading was when the sale was completed. If the new owner has an accident, you are no longer liable for damages.
Some poor souls — like me — find themselves in what seem to be no-win situations with a DMV. You do have some options for help, however:. At the Automobile Club of Southern California, for example, representatives are trained in DMV tasks and can assist members with registering a car, applying for a duplicate title and many other transactions. Recently, she went to a branch office for a registration. Beno said the key to resolving sticky problems is to speak to a DMV expert at an Auto Club office who knows what forms are available to address such unusual situations as deaths, lost titles or even mistakes on existing titles.
Insurance Agents: Consumers might try turning to their insurance agents for help. Pete Moraga, spokesman for the nonprofit Insurance Information Network of California , says insurance agents often work with motor vehicle departments, which gives them insight into how they work. My father's insurance agent was very helpful in resolving my problem. Replacement cards can be requested online. Your temporary license is valid for driving purposes only.
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When you sell your car, you need to provide a signed, clear title to the buyer. Any new or used vehicles sold that do not already display license plates. The DMV in Concord , any registration office or at any municipal agent. Other research topics. The temporary license plate will be rectangular in shape. Appointments are provided at all full service offices. Also ask if he's removed all liens on the car.
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