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Old 07-29-2010, 06:31 PM
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Question about Selling a Car - Unregistered

I bought a hot rod a while back, but never got around to registering it. I signed the title but have not gone to the DMV to put the car in my name. A local guy came to me and wanted to buy it, cash in hand, and wants to pick it up next week. Left a deposit with me to secure the purchase. My question is, if I write a bill of sale from me to him (I have a bill of sale from the original owner to me as well), can he register the car in his name without me having to register the car first? The issue is that if I go to register the car now, it'll take weeks to receive the title in my name, whereas if he can register the car now, he'll get the new title instead.

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Old 07-29-2010, 06:56 PM
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Best to ask your DMV
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NY does not title cars older than 1972 I think. I think all the guy needs is a bill of sale from you and mayby the latest license receipt.

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yes, 1972 and older is the cutoff in NY for transferrable registrations.. but you still have to register it in your name. just hand the signed transferrable registration over to the DMV clerk, along with the filled out DTF-802 you should have from the previous owner.. you will get charged the registration fee+ tax.. but with a Registration only vehicle, the registration is transferrable from the time you get it, and they print it right there...

if it's titled, your SOL for about a month. you could go back to the P/O. pay him $50- $100 ( dup title really only costs $25 IIRC ), and have him get a duplicate title, and then that guy can fill his part back in and your new owner can put his info in and it would be like that guy selling it again.. but that still takes a month
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I totally forgot about NY being a non-title state - that might make things MUCH easier. The car is titled, but I bought it in a state that DOES issue titles, not NY. I'd imagine that if I go to the DMV with the signed out-of-state title, bill of sale and proof of NY insurance, I'd be able to get my registration same-day. Does that sound right?
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" I'd imagine that if I go to the DMV with the signed out-of-state title, bill of sale and proof of NY insurance, I'd be able to get my registration same-day. Does that sound right?"

be prepared to pay whatever sales tax they want on an out-of-state car, they are revenue collection agents. DON"T bother to argue over the price and DON"T get mad, they always win.
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Yeah, that much I figured. They get you comin' and goin', huh.
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yes, you will get a transferrable registration the same day
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Unless the vehicle has been registered in NY first, you WILL NOT get a transferable registration on a pre 1972 car. I took my bill of sale to the NY DMV on July 1st. That car had never been registered in NY. I had a bill of sale from Maine dated Oct 1999. The DMV looked at it and stated that since it had never been registered here nor had a transferable registration or title that I would receive a NON transferable version If the Albany DMV headquarters approved my car, I would then receive the 'official' transferrable. IT CAME TODAY - 30 days later

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