As a seller, there are certain things you must know before selling a vehicle, including the process of transferring the title. You’ll want to protect yourself by completing a notice of sale. As of July 2009, Florida law requires all sellers to file a Notice of Sell Your Car In City.
Selling a car privately can be beneficial for both the buyer and the seller. But make sure you complete the process correctly by understanding the seller’s rights and responsibilities.
Suppose the seller has purchased a new vehicle and transferred the license plate. In that case, the seller must apply for a demonstration only temporary tag to allow potential buyers to test drive the car. Proof of insurance is required to be issued a temporary identification.
Additionally, for sale to be legal in Florida, the seller must transfer the title to the buyer. Suppose the title was paper, and it’s been lost or misplaced. In that case, the seller must apply for a duplicate title before selling the vehicle by completing form HSMV 82101 and submit it along with a duplicate title fee to a motor vehicle service center. Some locations offer expedited service with the addition of a $10 fee to your application.
If the title is held electronically, the seller and buyer must visit a motor vehicle service center to complete a secure title reassignment (HSMV 82994 or 82092) and disclose the odometer reading. The buyer and seller must both be present and provide photo identification.
Completing the sale
FLHSMV encourages sellers to complete the sales transaction in a motor vehicle service center to transfer the vehicle title properly. This protects the seller, who knows that title has been transferred out of their name, and the buyer by ensuring the seller has provided them with proper ownership documents.
The seller must complete the Transfer of Title by Seller section on the front of the title certificate, including the buyer’s name and address, the odometer information, selling price, and the date sold. The buyer must complete an Application for Certificate of Title with/without Registration form, attach it to the title and submit to a motor vehicle service center to transfer the title to their name. Please note that this must be done within 30 calendar days to avoid a late transfer penalty fee.
A crucial detail you must know while you sell the car is that Florida law requires sellers to file form HSMV 82050. Filling this form with a motor vehicle service center will remove the seller’s registration from the vehicle and help the seller avoid civil liability for the motor vehicle’s operation after the sale.
Once filed, it becomes the buyer’s responsibility to apply for the title and registration before legally operating the motor vehicle. Suppose the buyer fails to do this, and the seller does not file form HSMV 82050. In that case, the seller can be held liable for actions associated with the motor vehicle, even if they no longer own the car. The form also documents the sale and is the legal receipt.
Keep copies of the bill of sale (FLHSMV recommends having it notarized), certificate of title, or another type of transaction document showing it was sold.
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