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CityGirl
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Does anyone know (for sure) if I have to go to dmv with the buyer to transfer ownership of a used car? On Stx... I'm soooo not looking forward to it! (td)

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Topic starter Posted : November 16, 2011 10:12 pm
bethburnett70
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Last time I bought a car, the owner and I had to go to the notary together, but I went to public safety by myself. I did have to take a copy of their driver's license for some reason.

Of course, this was a couple of years ago, so maybe someone has some more recent information. 🙂

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Posted : November 16, 2011 10:20 pm
Linda J
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I would go anyway. You want to make sure that the car is out of your name.

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Posted : November 16, 2011 10:22 pm
Juanita
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Last time I bought a car, the owner and I had to go to the notary together, but I went to public safety by myself. I did have to take a copy of their driver's license for some reason.

Of course, this was a couple of years ago, so maybe someone has some more recent information. 🙂

Was still this way a couple of weeks ago.

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Posted : November 17, 2011 12:07 am
bethburnett70
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Curious again... I am selling my jeep and the person buying it and I will probably go together in the next week or so to transfer title. The registration is up in December. It is my understanding that you do not need an inspection to transfer title, but she will need one in December to re-register? True?

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Posted : November 17, 2011 1:59 am
Exit Zero
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Yes they will have to get the car Inspected and registered again for the next year in Dec. if the windsheild sticker is a '12'.

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Posted : November 17, 2011 4:39 am
CityGirl
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Guess I'm making a trip to DMV, awesome! :-X Thanks everyone, so helpful, as always!! 😀

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Topic starter Posted : November 17, 2011 11:34 am
Juanita
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Yes they will have to get the car Inspected and registered again for the next year in Dec. if the windsheild sticker is a '12'.

The procedure kind of changes as the wind shifts, depending on ????.....I have sold 2 cars in the last couple of months, and neither time did the car get inspected. They both had April, 2012 stickers. Maybe there is a "schedule", depending on when the sticker expires. Just a theory. Be prepared. Oh...and take a screwdriver for changing out the tag.

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Posted : November 17, 2011 12:38 pm
SunnyCaribe
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I did NOT have to change the tag on either of the vehicles I recently bought or sold.

Make SURE the buyer has proof of insurance on the vehicle before you venture out there. :-X

There is a very nice group of notaries who set up in the parking lot who will handle any notarizing, affidavits, etc that may be necessary.

The inspection only needs to be done in the month it's due.

As seller I paid for the notary, as buyer I paid for everything else. *-)

Good luck.

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Posted : November 17, 2011 1:42 pm
Ronnie
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You really need o make sure you see it out of your name. If they do not complete the process you can not get a refund for any remaining credit on you insurance if any and if they do not put it in their name and get in and accident, you are still liable, notarized or not. Kind of makes the notary useless if you need to go your self though. As someone says, it changes with the wind. The commissioner has the power to change whatever he wants.

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Posted : November 17, 2011 3:11 pm
tommy b
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So will a person buying a vehicle have to get insurance before they are able to even purchase a vehicle?

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Posted : November 17, 2011 9:01 pm
SunnyCaribe
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Yes. That is why it is so important for the seller to walk through the transfer process. If the buyer doesn't want to get insurance, they can keep the filled-out title/registration and drive until they wreck, at which time the owner of record (ie the person who thought they had sold the vehicle) is liable.

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Posted : November 17, 2011 11:31 pm
CityGirl
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I did NOT have to change the tag on either of the vehicles I recently bought or sold.

Make SURE the buyer has proof of insurance on the vehicle before you venture out there. :-X

There is a very nice group of notaries who set up in the parking lot who will handle any notarizing, affidavits, etc that may be necessary.

The inspection only needs to be done in the month it's due.

As seller I paid for the notary, as buyer I paid for everything else. *-)

Good luck.

Thanks!

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Topic starter Posted : November 18, 2011 2:15 am
Linda J
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You can purchase a vehicle, you just can't get the title transferred into your name without insurance. As posted above, it is in the best interest of the seller to go to DMV with the buyer so the seller can be sure the car has been transferred to the buyer.

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Posted : November 18, 2011 6:38 am
SunnyCaribe
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Fixed it for ya...

You can purchase a vehicle, you just can't register the vehicle or get the title transferred into your name without insurance. As posted above, it is in the best interest of the seller to go to DMV with the buyer so the seller can be sure the car has been transferred to the buyer.

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Posted : November 18, 2011 1:17 pm
Linda J
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Yeah, that's what I meant. LOL!

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Posted : November 18, 2011 3:03 pm
tommy b
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awesome thanks everyone!

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Posted : November 19, 2011 9:21 pm
CAtoSTX
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My understaning is that you can do it one of two ways.

Go to the DMV, tell them you are selling your car and they put some "stamp" on your registration for your insurance company... then you can go to your insurance + Notary together get the car signed over to the new owner and they put it on their insurance.

OR go to Notary, have car signed over
then to Insurance have insurance put under new owner
Then to DMV together - making sure the car is registered to the new owner.
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I think in the 2nd case, the seller has to then go back to their insurance and show the DMV stamp.

Please correct me if I'm wrong 'cause I'm going to be doing both (buy + sell) in a couple of weeks.

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Posted : November 26, 2011 9:12 pm
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