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Old August 22nd, 2012, 09:05 PM
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Selling a car to someone out of state

I want to know the proper process for selling a car to someone in another state. He's 2,000 miles away. How should I go about title and payment?
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Old August 22nd, 2012, 09:11 PM
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That's where it sucks to be the buyer.
Don't release the title until payment has cleared. And then a bill of sale form completed (fax or scan back and forth) usually from your DOT website, and a temporary moving permit if your state or the buyer's state is required. I wouldn't fuss with the moving/temp permitt unless NY is a stickler on it. That's how I have done it. I imagine NY is similar. Buyer wears the risk. If they don't want to play then next buyer.
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Old August 22nd, 2012, 09:21 PM
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If I was the buyer... I wouldn't and didn't agree to that. It's like hot potato... my goal was that no one had all three of these at a time: title, truck and money.

So what I did was Fedex seller a Bill of Sale and a deposit and asked that be returned signed with copy of Driver's License and the ORIGINAL Title, signed. You can always apply for a duplicate title as the seller if deal falls through here.

After I received that back, I sent the payment.

Buyer let payment clear and released the truck for pick up.

This way... at each step, if someone decided to screw the other... they would have some proof there was a deal in place.

But do whatever you are comfortable with
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Old August 22nd, 2012, 09:40 PM
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Also a good method for sure, undoubtedly more happy factor friendly for everyone.
We have one DMV for hundreds of miles, its no picnic to go there. Duplicate titles sometimes look funny on a vin check.

Exactly whatever you are comfortable with.
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Old August 22nd, 2012, 09:54 PM
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All but one of my cars has been purchased from out of state sight unseen while being on the east coast. This is the process I followed for all of them:

0. Research the seller to establish trust worthiness (usually through forums, word of mouth etc.)
1. Agree on sale price
2. Have a PPI done
3. Wire funds
4. Have seller fedex title and bill of sale
5. Have transporter pick up vehicle

If you buy limited production cars, there's usually a very tightly knit community of enthusiasts who can vouch for the seller's integrity. I have been burned just once using this process (with Berkshire Landrover - got the truck in the end, but the process was a nightmare).

I would just have the buyer wire the funds, fedex him/her the title and then have the vehicle picked up.
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Old August 23rd, 2012, 03:01 PM
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Sean did you sell the truck? Does this mean we're going to the concert afterall?
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