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Old 02-07-2005, 11:13 AM   #1
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going to be selling my car in GA, but car is registered in Texas w/ TX plates. my name isn't on the title, my father's is and i'm going to be selling it for him. was wondering about the process of selling a car privately - neither me nor my father have experience selling cars privately. help?

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Old 02-07-2005, 11:15 AM   #2
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Your father will need to sign the title and write up a bill of sale. Check your states RMV site they usually have a bill of sale you can print up.
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Old 02-07-2005, 11:19 AM   #3
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Old 02-07-2005, 11:20 AM   #4
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For one thing you're going to need a power of attorney from your father to sign the title over to the new owner.. check your local dmv for all your laws as they differ from state to state.
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Old 02-07-2005, 12:00 PM   #5
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my father will be there to sign over the car. i was asking more about how to arrange payment and such like that. signing over the title is less of an issue, makeing sure we get our money for the car is.
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Old 02-07-2005, 01:05 PM   #6
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Get cash. Really, nothing else is as good. Otherwise drive to the bank with the buyer and ask them if the check is good (even if it appears to be a certified check). Ask if you can cash it.
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Old 02-07-2005, 01:09 PM   #7
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ok - what about the ettiquitte (sp?) when selling a car? is there some things i should say, some things i shouldn't? so...check/cash? how do i guarantee that i will get payment? should i ask for a down payment or an initial payment to prove they're serious?

do i wait until the title is handed over to ask for the money, or do i get the money first then hand over the title?
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Old 02-07-2005, 01:20 PM   #8
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Take check. Deposit check.
Give over possession of the car.
Wait until check clears.
Sign over title.
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Old 02-08-2005, 12:21 AM   #9
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ok sounds good. thanks!
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Old 02-09-2005, 05:44 AM   #10
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another question - the car has aged some. do you think its worth it to fix whatever's wrong with the car and then try to sell it or do you think i should just sell it as is and see what i can get for it? cause i can put several thousands to make it better, but would i get that much back?
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Old 02-09-2005, 05:45 AM   #11
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also, are there any special forms or contracts that i should use/need when selling the car privately?
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Old 02-09-2005, 05:48 AM   #12
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just make sure in the bill of sale that the vehicle is sold as is, no warranty expressed or implied. signed and dated by seller, buyer, and 2 witnesses, make 2 copies, one for your fathers records as well. Cashiers Check is about all i'd accept
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Old 02-09-2005, 07:01 AM   #13
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where can i find a bill of sale writeup? do i make my own or can i get one from the DMV
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Old 02-09-2005, 07:12 AM   #14
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Do a google search, there are tons of free forms and lots of info.
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Old 02-09-2005, 08:33 AM   #15
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BILL OF SALE

I Joe Blow sell this car, a 2000 peice of crap, VIN# 12345678901234567 to Joe Dirtbag for the price of $1,000,000.00 AS IS and with no warranty.

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Old 02-09-2005, 08:36 AM   #16
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^ writing "as is" on the BOS does not hold up in court.... I found some law somewhere that a car can not be sold like that.. Not going to hunt it down again.. might have been a MA only law though.
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can't hurt, and I see it all the time on bills of sale....here in GA. It just helps to clarify that the buyer expects no further monies, repairs, etc from the seller.
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^ writing "as is" on the BOS does not hold up in court.... I found some law somewhere that a car can not be sold like that.. Not going to hunt it down again.. might have been a MA only law though.
it holds up in illinois. Hell for dealerships it's even righ tin the Used car paperwork.
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Old 02-09-2005, 01:41 PM   #19
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DMV had 'stock' bill of sale and power of attorney forms. You just have to fill out the details of the car (VIN etc) and all parties have to sign.

Also, when getting a check, make sure it is from a bank, not a personal check.
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