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Old 07-06-2014, 11:54 PM
 
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Hello!

We are about to buy a van in Louisiana and do a road trip for about 2 months. We intend to end in California and leave the country from LAX. We hope to sell the Van in San Diego and will take a train to LAX.

What all do we need to do? In Louisiana we just take the title to the notary- something you can walk up and do.

It seems a bit split on the SMOG check. Must we do this? And if so is this something we can drive up and get done in a morning?

What about sales tax? We have to claim and pay this to California some how?

We were going to list it a bit low on Craigslist and hope to sells fast. We have less than a week in CA before our flights.

Anything that you see that we may need to know would be great.

-Amanda
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Old 07-07-2014, 05:27 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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Yes, you need a smog check and it is good for 30 days. You want to buy a van that passed 50 state emissions, not 48 state. You want the transaction to be completed and the new owner register the vehicle at the DMV or AAA/ The Auto Club. I haven't sold large value cars, and just take the cash and make sure the new owner registers it under their name at AAA. In CA there is a release of liability form which you submit when you transfer a CA titled vehicle.
How much is the van worth ?
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Old 07-07-2014, 05:37 PM
 
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Thank you for your fast reply! It's going to be under 10,000. May sell it around 8,500. Were figuring we would get cash.

About the new owner switching registration. Is this something we go with them to do? I never knew AAA did that. Seems very non-formal?

Anyone think to many red flags will go up on selling an out of state car? We can show our transaction when we got it here and all.

And yes, we hear about the 50 state things and it is for CA also so we are good there.

Thanks!
Amanda
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Old 07-07-2014, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Orange County
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Also, if you cannot sell it private sale on Craigslist before you fly out, you can always take it to the nearest CarMax dealership. They will buy your vehicle from you and take care of everything else. It's a pretty easy process, however, they do often low-ball their offers, that is why I suggest it only if you run out of time and need to sell it quickly. Good luck!
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Old 07-07-2014, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Thank you for your fast reply! It's going to be under 10,000. May sell it around 8,500. Were figuring we would get cash.

About the new owner switching registration. Is this something we go with them to do? I never knew AAA did that. Seems very non-formal?

Anyone think to many red flags will go up on selling an out of state car? We can show our transaction when we got it here and all.

And yes, we hear about the 50 state things and it is for CA also so we are good there.

Thanks!
Amanda
Some AAA offices have direct links to the DMV, not non-formal at all. Someone has to be a member, and I'd do the transaction there to make sure they register it. Some people will just want you to sign the title over to them and they'd resell it without ever registering it.

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Also, if you cannot sell it private sale on Craigslist before you fly out, you can always take it to the nearest CarMax dealership. They will buy your vehicle from you and take care of everything else. It's a pretty easy process, however, they do often low-ball their offers, that is why I suggest it only if you run out of time and need to sell it quickly. Good luck!
I agree Carmax is a good plan B but disagree with it being a lowball offer. They'll give you market price as used car dealership would. Sometimes more sometimes less. When I took my car to Carmax they offered more than 7 used car dealerships in the LA area.
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Old 07-08-2014, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Orange County
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I hear what you're saying. I should have clarified myself a little better. Private sale (in my experience) will usually fetch more money than if you take it to a dealer for trade-in, or places such as CarMax.
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Old 07-08-2014, 11:10 AM
 
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Private Seller must provide a Smog unless selling to a Dealer.

There are limited exceptions for very old vehicles, family transfers, etc.

You will need to have title when you sell... will you carry it with you?
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Old 07-08-2014, 11:21 AM
 
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Louisiana is not one of the states that has adopted California's automobile emissions standards. If you buy in LA, be sure that the car is CA compliant.
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Old 07-11-2014, 11:41 PM
 
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Thank you all. I hope the car was cali compliant, my husband was in charge of that. Yes we have carmax as a plan b also. We have heard they give a fair price for a dealer. So we hope to smog it and sell it. Yes we will have the title in hand.

Thank you all for the help!
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Old 07-13-2014, 03:20 PM
 
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Enjoy the journey... sounds like a lot of fun!

I've had new grads from Germany buy a car in California and tour the United States and then sell on the East Coast... memories of a lifetime for sure.
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