Who is Responsible for Expired Registration when Selling a Car?

January 27, 2012

The new owner of a car will ultimately be responsible for bringing an expired registration up to date, as he or she is now the legal owner of the car. This may include paying the registration, but it may also include fees or late payment penalties, which will vary according to your state. Check with your DMV for specifics. Ultimately, if you are buying a used car, do your homework. Check the car's VIN number with the state before agreeing to purchase it. If the registration is expired, negotiate with the seller to reduce the price to cover the expense.