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Old 03-01-2003, 08:18 PM   #1
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Default Private party vehicle sale in CA? Help!

Alright, I now have a buyer for the Eclipse, I'm taking a bit of a hit on what I owe on it, but I needed to get it sold. So now I need to know (paperwork-wise) what's required for a private party vehicle sale in CA. I also need to know if I need the bank that I have my loan through needs to release the car before I can sell it.

Anyone that's sold a car in CA, please let me know, I need this info ASAP. Thanks in advance-

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Old 03-01-2003, 09:26 PM   #2
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I know you need:

Smog check
Vehicle Milage Declaration Form

you might want to visit www.dmv.ca.gov for all the info you need.

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Old 03-01-2003, 10:10 PM   #3
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Do you have the pink slip for the car? If not, you probably won't be able to sell it. The lienholder who financed the vehicle usually keeps the pink slip until the loan is paid off.

Normally, the buyer wants to see the pink slip with your name as the owner, and will expect to get this slip in exchange for payment on the vehicle.
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Old 03-02-2003, 03:58 PM   #4
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Regarding the pink slip: call your bank and see there procedures/turn around times for these type of transactions.

standard docs:

1. pink slip (mandatory)
2. smog (mandatory)

I always have the following to cover my arse.

1. bill of sale ( i usually type it out myself with reference to buyer/seller name, date, mileage, vin, license plate number, and a small blurb about it being sold as is with no warranties expressed or implied). I usually do a release of liability, bill of sale, and mileage in the same doc.

good luck

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