Steps for purchasing a used car?
August 4, 2014 9:49 AM Subscribe
If all goes well, I'll have the pre-purchase inspection on this
used car tomorrow, and see if I can close a deal to buy it. Then what? I need help with the order of all the paperwork and steps. Complication: I'm in MA, the owner is in CA, and the car is registered and located with the seller's relative in NH.
posted by daisyace to Travel & Transportation (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Here are things I know need to happen. But in what order and how?
-I need to pay. I have the cash ready in a bank account. Best practices for paying?
-I need the title signed over to me. Should the relative sign on behalf of the owner? Or is this a matter of mailing things back and forth? Or faxing them back and forth, if copies will do?
-We need to complete a Bill of Sale. Same questions about signatures.
-I need to arrange for insurance.
-The old insurance needs to be terminated.
-I need to drive the car away.
-The old plates need to come off.
-I need to register the car and get the new plates on.
Am I missing any steps? Which steps need to happen before which others? If I want to leave tomorrow with a deal that we'll see through, what has to happen right then? If using an escrow service is advisable, please recommend one if you can.
I found some help via google, but nothing comprehensive, and I emailed the RMV, but I didn't receive a response.