How to Sell a Car in California

 

Are you wondering how to sell a car in California? There are several steps to selling a car in California in particular in cities like Mission Hills and Cerritos that you’ll want to take note of. But don’t worry, once you’re aware of what to do, the process is simple! Luckily for you, Toyota of Downtown LA is here to school you on how to sell your car quickly and easily. So, keep reading to learn about the “five steps to sell a car in California”, even if it has a loan. Don’t forget to call 213-986-2011 or reach out online if you have questions. 

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5 Steps to Sell a Car in California

If you’re confused about how to sell your car in California, here’s what to do, simply put:

  1. Gather the necessary paperwork. At a minimum, you’ll need the vehicle’s Certificate of Title or Application for Duplicate Title or Paperless Title (REG 227) signed by all sellers and lienholders along with a notarized Lienholder’s release (if you haven’t paid the car off, yet), or a replacement title from the lender. You will also need the Transfer fee (FFVR 34). You may also need, among other forms, the Lien Satisfied/Title Holder Release (REG 166) and/or an odometer disclosure unless your vehicle is a 2010 model year or older.
  2. If your vehicle is more than 4 years old, you will need to get a smog inspection performed before you sell it.
  3. Next, get the funds to pay transfer, title registration, taxes, and fees upon sale of the vehicle together. 
  4. Fill out and sign all paperwork with the buyer.
  5. Turn all the paperwork into the DMV.

How to Sell a Car with a Loan

Wondering if you can sell or trade-in a car with a loan? Yes, you can! Basically, when you sell a car that’s paid off, you just need the title with the lienholder section signed, dated, and stamped, as well as the Lien Satisfied Title Holder Release Form (REG 166). 

If, however, you still owe money on your car loan, like a lot of West Hollywood drivers, you may be wondering how to sell your car. Pay off the loan if you’re selling private party. Otherwise, you can sell your car to a dealership like Toyota of Downtown LA; we just take over the rest of your loan and add that amount to the loan on yournext car. This is called “rolling over” a loan.

Sell Your Car to Toyota of Downtown LA — We Make It Easy!

Want to unload your old vehicle for something newer, safer, or more accommodating? We’ve got you covered. Just value your trade online to get an initial estimate, then visit the Toyota of Downtown LA finance center for yourself for a final offer.

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