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Old 09-11-2010, 07:57 PM
 
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Just like any other car driven off a sales lot, no plates.
I had a sheriff suggest removing license plates on cars sold. Many buyers will not register the auto in their name till the tags expire, and often not even then. I sold a car to a friend and found out he went in the DMV two years with cash for registration and left the car in my name.
That's no issue with the seller though, since the seller has removed and returned his tags to the DMV.
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Old 09-11-2010, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Apple Valley Calif
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Something that doesn't concern the seller, but the buyer should be aware of. No matter if your buying an out of state or out of country vehicle, make sure it has the smog equipment to pass your states laws, or you will not be able to register it, and it becomes a paperweight in the garage...
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Old 09-11-2010, 09:34 PM
 
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Something that doesn't concern the seller, but the buyer should be aware of. No matter if your buying an out of state or out of country vehicle, make sure it has the smog equipment to pass your states laws, or you will not be able to register it, and it becomes a paperweight in the garage...
Have you sold a vehicle privately before?

Did you just take their cash or did you follow them to their bank and watch it get withdrawn?
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Old 09-11-2010, 10:03 PM
 
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In most sates you will want to not onlt sign the title.but suply the last eyars regsitrtionpaperwrok. a odomater satement signed by you/ Its alos good to go tot eh court house to make sure they change thwe title over into thweir name. if not then you may get such things as camera tickets or toll fines and have to prove you no longer owwn the vehicle.In many states is easy to actually get new plates in the old owners name still no the registrtion in state computer when they expire.
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Old 09-11-2010, 10:14 PM
 
Location: So. of Rosarito, Baja, Mexico
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Not all states operate the same. In Calif the plates and stickers stay on the car until the sticker expires. The new owner pays a tax and has it smog checked in order to register in his name. By rights the seller is responsible for the smog inspection fee. This is negotiable between seller and buyer of course depending on the deal.

Some yrs back when my boys were in High School...a friend sold a car for cash to a person that went to Texas and robbed a bank. Police came to calif because of the registration. The person just bought the car w/o test driving it...went to Texas and did the crime...all in three days. He knew what he had in mind.
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Old 09-12-2010, 10:10 AM
 
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Just like any other car driven off a sales lot, no plates.
I had a sheriff suggest removing license plates on cars sold. Many buyers will not register the auto in their name till the tags expire, and often not even then. I sold a car to a friend and found out he went in the DMV two years with cash for registration and left the car in my name.
Again...in Pennsylvania it's illegal to drive a car anywhere, even one you just bought, without any plate at all.

If you buy it from a dealer (new or used) they have the paperwork to transfer the plate and registration to the buyer....or they issue you a new plate with a temporary registration.

If you buy a car without any plates (like a brand new car) or if you want a new plate for some reason, then they have them on hand and you register that new plate.

They hand you a temporary registration (pink slip) that you keep in the car until the DMV mails you your permanent registration card.

PENNDOT doesn't have DMV centers or anything that you can just walk into.....everything is done via the mail or certain "online" notaries who have the ability to access the DVM computer network in Harrisburg.
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