I bought a Volvo on eBay for a good price, yay. It's about 6 hours away, though. (Ohio to Virginia)
I've read this
question, and this
, and several others - but I still have questions, because there seems to be some conflicting information.
Step 1 : Insure vehicle. I'll be doing that tomorrow, I have the VIN.
Step 2 : Go to Virginia, meet seller with car. Make sure VIN on car and title matches with what was posted on eBay.
Step 3-4-.... : ?
The questions I've thought of so far are:
1. Does the seller need to have access to a notary? Otherwise, how would signing the back of the title and the bill of sale be valid?
2. Is it true that with a signed over title and a bill of sale, I could drive this vehicle back to Ohio and placate any police officers that happen to stop me?
3. It seems like a very bad idea to fedex payment down without a title in hand, trusting he'll send me the title in exchange, just so that I could obtain temp tags here before driving down. He hasn't asked me to do that, anyway.
The car does not currently have plates. I checked auto shipping companies, but the cheapest quote is around $300. This may or may not be worth it, depending on what I learn about this registration process.