If you’re looking to purchase a used car, you may have been told it needs a clean title before it can be titled in your name. However, not all states use the same process for transferring ownership of titles, and different types of transactions require that the seller provide more information about the vehicle to complete the transaction.
Here are tips to transfer a used car title:
Get the title
A signed, sealed and notarized title is required to transfer used cars in chandler. If the title is not available, you may be able to get a duplicate title without the buyer’s signature by completing a request form and submitting it with the applicable fees. Some states allow you to transfer a vehicle title without the buyer’s signature, but it is often done only with certain types of vehicles.
Prepare a bill of sale
A bill of sale ensures that all necessary information is provided, including the name and address of the seller, the buyer’s signature and the year, make, model number and first and last names of both the buyer and seller. The bill of sale should also include your contact information if you choose to sell your car again in the future.
Determine if a smog or emissions test is required
Some states require sellers to provide proof of a smog or emissions test when transferring a vehicle title, so your state may not allow this process unless the seller can provide evidence of a test on file. Check your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles website for specific information regarding this requirement.
Have the title signed
After making sure the seller has provided the required documents, you can sign and date the bill of sale so that it looks like a valid document. It’s also important to make sure that all parties involved in the transaction have signed and dated their parts of the bill of sale, because it may be challenged if you or another party disputes information on a signature or date.
Have your vehicle inspected
Some states require that a vehicle inspection be completed before a title is issued. Contact your DMV or law enforcement agency for more information on this requirement.
Have the title notarized
The notary public oversees the notarization process, and it’s typically completed by state-licensed notaries. Contact a local notary public company to schedule an appointment, as they may have a limited number of appointments available daily.