How to Sell a Car in Florida: Understanding the Laws and Paperwork Involved

January 27, 2012

If you're interested in selling your car in the state of Florida, there are a few things that you'll need to take care of before you can officially sell your car. Florida laws regulate the sale of vehicles and the transfer of titles from one owner to another. In order to sell Florida used cars, you'll have to check in with the DMV for a full set of guidelines about how to complete all of the necessary paperwork and other documents needed to officially transfer the title. All of the paperwork you'll need is available at your local Florida DMV. Selling cars is relatively straightforward, but it does require a good amount of time and a careful approach.

Step 1 -- Transfer the Title

Once you've found a suitable buyer for your vehicle, the first and most important task you face is transferring the title of the car. The title is officially the document that indicates the legal owner of a vehicle. The first step toward transferring the title of a vehicle so it's in another person's name, is to have the vehicle inspected by a certified mechanic or inspection service. You'll need to obtain a vehicle inspection report to transfer the title. According to Florida law, you must also have someone check on the odometer and take an official mileage reading on the car. This information must be included on the title when you officially sign it over to the new owner.

Having received the copy of the vehicle inspection report and the official mileage reading, you can sign and date the title in the presence of the other owner, who must also sign and date the title in order to acknowledge transfer of ownership.

Step 2 -- Obtain and Complete new Registration Materials

The new owner of the vehicle must then re-register it. This is the case regardless of whether the car has moved in between states or if it's staying in Florida. Obtain an official registration application and all of the accompanying documents from the DMV. The vehicle must be re-registered, even if the current registration is still active on the vehicle.

Step 3 -- Cancel Insurance

The final step you as the previous owner of the vehicle will need to take is to cancel the current insurance coverage for the vehicle. Contact your insurance provider and request to have the vehicle removed from your insurance coverage. Keeping the insurance on the vehicle after you've sold it is simply a waste of money and entirely unnecessary. However, the new owner will have to insure the vehicle under a new coverage plan before one can legally operate the car.

If you have any other questions about the process of selling a vehicle in the state of Florida, be sure to speak with a representative from your local DMV.

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