Selling a car: the details.
June 22, 2007 9:32 AM Subscribe
Selling a car, step-by-step. Help, please? (Massachusetts)
posted by ThePants to Society & Culture (7 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I own the car, and have the title in hand, and I'm selling it for cheap, so there's no reason I shouldn't be able to get cash. So I'm not going to have to deal with the usual problems that get asked about.
My question is simpler. Once I find someone who is ready to buy, what are the details of actually selling it to them?
Mass RMV's site doesn't say directly, but suggests that I just need to sign the title over to them (by saying all they'd need to register it is my title signed to them). I've read that this has to be notarized if the odometer's reading is incorrect. Does it have to be notarized even if the odometer is correct?
dmv.org suggests I may need a bill of sale. Do I? Does it have to be notarized? What does it need to contain? Is there an official form/format? I can't find one.
What about the plates? Does my buyer drive off with them or do I need to take them off the car? I recall when I bought this car (in PA, with my dad a number of years ago) that the seller met us at some sort of title/tax/tag place and we drove off with a temporary registration to hang in the window.
What else do I need to know about actually making the deal complete and legal?