Buying a car and the California DMV
Buying a car is a big deal so it’s important to have checklist and all of the proper paperwork information prior to shopping.
This article will help you locate the information you need to cover yourself whether you are purchasing new from a dealership or used from a private party.
The following are several tips the DMV offers to car buyers for protecting themselves during the car purchasing process:
Purchasing a car from a private party
Obviously there are big differences in the way you must handle a transaction with a private seller as opposed to a dealership purchase.
As a buyer, it is important to do a bit more research if your goal is to purchase a used vehicle from a private seller. Dealing with the public means you have to trust a stranger.
When you purchase a vehicle with California registration you have ten days to transfer ownership into your name.
The buyer will be expected to have the following information when they visit their local DMV:
Buying from a dealership
The whole process is made much easier through a dealership which will usually offer to take care of all of the required paperwork through the DMV.
However, it is smart to double check with the DMV prior to the end of the 10 day title transfer period just to be sure.
The DMV offers pages and pages of information for drivers who use their services. This page will answer almost any question you may have about buying a car in the state of California.
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