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Buying used cars from out of state



  • nj2pa2ncnj2pa2nc Posts: 813
    I purchased my car on 11.17.06 but waited until 1.17.07 to register it. the car becomes another year older saving me some money on the personal property tax. I guess honda finance did not call my loan so i must be lucky. you are with ford aren't you. I see a lot of freestyles in my travels-must be a good seller.
  • mintjulepmintjulep Posts: 28
    Could someone define LIEN for me, as related to car stuff?
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    A lien means that someone else can take possession of your car unless you discharge some obligation. For example, if you borrowed money to pay for the car then the lender files a lien on your vehicle which can only be released when you pay in full.

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  • anyabxanyabx Posts: 6
    I reside in Somerset County, NJ and I am looking to buy a used Nissan Sentra in Pennsylvania. More specifically, I looked at Singh Auto World in Allentown, PA, where they seemed to have fairly low prices (compared to similar models in NJ/NY).

    Does anyone have experiences with this particular dealer? Any advice/suggestions on buying a used Nissan over in PA? Thank you!
  • grizfangrizfan Posts: 7
    Even though this is a question on a new car purchase, it was suggested I post here.

    I just purchased a new car in the next state (better deal/selection) and drove it home. I paid in full with a cashier's check, but I want to make sure I have all my paperwork lined up so I don't run into any hassles trying to register it. How long does it take for the title to arrive?

    In order to register the new car in my state, I need 3 things:
    The vehicle with me at the DMV
    Signed bill of sale (I have that)
    Title or certificate of origin

    It is the last item that confuses me. I looked through the paperwork I received from the out-of-state dealer, and as far as I could tell, it didn't include a certificate of origin. But, the dealer did say they were sending some docs over to my local DMV.

    To further complicate things, the dealer was robbed the next day, and the robbers took the dealer's safe with, you guessed it, the cashier's check I used to pay for the vehicle. Now, the check was made to the dealer, the dealer took possession of the check, provided me with a signed receipt for the check, in addition to the other paperwork I received. So far, I trust the dealership, and have found them to be honest and straight-forward. But, I'm still a bit nervous about this situation. The dealership would like me to cancel the cashier's check, and I'm working with my bank to see what we can do, but I'd feel a lot better with title in hand

    So, if anyone has any insight, I'd greatly appreciate it!
  • nj2pa2ncnj2pa2nc Posts: 813
    i will share what i know. I bought my car in PA and live in NC. the pa dealer, sent me the certificate of origin. when I registered the car in NC i turned in that certificate, along with the bill of sale and showed them my insurance card. a few weeks later I received the title from NC.
  • joel0622joel0622 Posts: 3,302
    Griz, it sounds like you may have to be patient with the robbery and all.

    In the past if someone brought me a cashiers check we would close the MSO and give it to them at point of sale. In todays crooked world you can't even be sure cashiers checks are legit, so now we hold the MSO for 10 business days after the cashiers check post to our account.

    The only way you leave here now with a title/MSO is if you pay with in by god we trust $100 bills.
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,915
    Not knowing what state you are in, but everything seems on the up and up. I would definitely cancel the check and have another re-issued. It protects you and your interest in the long run. And as joel and nj2 suggested, you'll have to be patient. As long as you have the signed paperwork and the dealership gets the re-issued check, you should not have a problem.
  • cccompsoncccompson Posts: 2,388
    My take is that it is the dealer's responsibility to ensure that the owner receives a title to the vehicle. It sounds like that's what will happen here - they will send the certificate of origin to whatever office in your state issues titles (after they've been paid).

    Even if there had been no robbery, this can take some time.
  • grizfangrizfan Posts: 7
    Thanks everyone for the answers. It sounds like everything is moving forward. In fact, I had contacted my bank to see what they could do to help out, but they couldn't easily cancel the check since it had already been given to the dealer, making it the dealer's responsibility, not mine. My local branch is willing to help out, but they need sign-off from corporate, and corporate needs evidence of a crime, such as a police report. Its been over a day now, and I haven't heard, so I think the dealership is no longer looking to us to cancel the check, due to the nature of how cashier's checks work.
  • I am resident of Georgia and I want to buy a car in Delaware or Pensylvania and register the car also in DE or PA. Can I do that. How?

    Thanks for your help.

  • joel0622joel0622 Posts: 3,302
    Only if you have a physical address in that state. If you have a GA Drivers license and you register the car in another state you will get a ticket if the police pull you over.

    In most states once you declare residency (get a drivers license) you have 90 days to tag your car in that state.

    Why would you not register it in GA? They have killer low sales tax.
  • nj2pa2ncnj2pa2nc Posts: 813
    in order to register a car in some states you have to show your driver's license from that state. It happened to me in NC and also to my daughter when she moved from Pa to NJ. she could not get her car registered until she got a jersey license.
  • hello, im having alot of frustration with all of this registering car from out of state. I traded my car with a private owner from georgia for his car with a GA title signed over to me, and i signed my title over to him, im just wondering do i need to notorize the title under his name and my name for both titles, in order to register my car in NC with my tags. this would be a great help guys thanks....clueless right now :sick:
  • nj2pa2ncnj2pa2nc Posts: 813
    the car was in both my name and my husband's,therefore we had both our signatures notorized. Took the title to our bank was done free. Where are you going to title this car. NC will require the original owner whose name is on the title to have their name notorized. You are having your signatures notorized so it does not matter which state it is done in.
  • nj2pa2ncnj2pa2nc Posts: 813
    when we sold our car in NC we had to have our signature notorized on the title in order for the new owner to be able to get it titled and registered in their name. The title we had was a PA one. Hope that helps. If you need more info go the the license plate agency. The one I went to in Hampstead was very helpful.
  • nj2pa2nc, when you said our signature, meaning both seller and buyer signature on title when notorized. because im not buying a car, i'm going to trade my car for his car, i was just thinking that we just had to sign over title to title..correct, or do i need to be in georgia to notorize his title and him to be in nc to notorize my title..if its that hard then *Ohhh Looord, Give Me A Miracle... :sick:
  • okay, so really me and the guy that did the trade, like for example doesnt matter if its georgia or nc, as long as we get the title notorize either in GA or NC, i could still register the car correct..!
  • nj2pa2ncnj2pa2nc Posts: 813
    correct the owner of the vehicle and has their name on the title gets their signature notorized. You then get insurance on the vehicle and off to license plate agency you go. You have to show them you driver's license. Oh yes do not forget the title.
  • Can anyone advise me what to expect if I decide to buy a used vehicle in Texas, but I live in Louisiana? I can get better deals/selection in TX, but I want the vehicle to be registered in Louisiana. I'm curious to know what I should expect on sales tax, and any different laws I may not be aware about a transaction such as this. I guess it helps to mention I plan to trade-in and finance the remainder.
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