Selling a car online or in person can feel like a complicated process, especially when it comes to the paperwork. But gathering the right paperwork ahead of time makes it quick and easy to complete a sale and transfer ownership of the vehicle to a new buyer.
That car paperwork can even come in handy when you’re selling your car. Being able to show prospective buyers that you have all of the necessary used car paperwork is a great way to generate interest and build buyer confidence — all of which makes a sale more likely.
So what paperwork do you need to sell a car? Well, that depends on what state you’re in if you want to be specific, but take a look at our general list below.
Vehicle History Report
A savvy buyer will choose to look up your vehicle history report before they agree to a sale. But it’s useful for you to have that information, find it at sites like CarFax.
Provide the VIN number so buyers can do their own research and then use your VIN to retrieve vehicle history documentation.
Maintenance history paperwork is another useful set of documents to have to hand.
After all, paperwork that shows your car has undergone regular maintenance by a reputable repair shop is reassuring to a buyer.
If your car still has some remaining warranty coverage — and you can transfer it to a new owner — this is another piece of used car paperwork you’ll want to lay your hands on before you complete the sale.
Warranty paperwork gives a buyer that extra level of peace of mind, which may help you seal the deal and even increase the price.
You’ll have to provide an up-to-date odometer reading before you sell your used car.
Depending on your state, you may just be able to write the mileage figure onto the vehicle title.
Title & Registration
In different states, you need different DMV paperwork to sell a car. Your buyer needs to find out exactly what they need to take with them to their appointment at the DMV.
When you have an outstanding loan on the vehicle, the process is a little different. In this case, your lender may be holding the vehicle title and their name may appear on the title too.
You need to contact the lienholder in possession of your title to arrange title transfer paperwork. Once you’ve paid off the remaining loan amount, the lender can send the title to you — and you can then transfer the title to the new owner.
Bill of Sale
And when it’s time to complete the sale, we can also lend both sellers and buyers a hand with optional title transfer paperwork services.
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