When selling your car to a private party and buying another car, there are a few considerations that make the transactions safer for you. Failure of the buyer to register the car in their name may cause problems. You may get the blame if the car is involved in an accident, the driver gets a moving violation, or the car gets a parking ticket(s).
If the car is still registered in your name when these things happen, you may find yourself getting into a lot of trouble for things that you had nothing to do with. Even if the new owner pays in full for the car, it is also important to make sure the registration is changed.
Changing Ownership of the Car Being Sold
One way to achieve this is to go together with the buyer to the PA Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and change the registration in person. This may not be convenient if you both cannot go together at the same time.
Another way to deal with this is to double-check that the ownership has been changed and to notify the DMV that the car was sold by you on a certain date. If you file this notice with the DMV, you will remove yourself from any further responsibility that you have for the car, after the date that you notified the DMV that the sale was made.
Regarding auto insurance, you want to keep your insurance in place on the car that you sold for a few days longer after the date it was sold. This will give you time to make sure the DMV was given notice of the sale and the ownership was is officially changed in the DMV records. When you are sure that the title is changed, you can cancel your insurance on the car that you sold.
When shopping for another car, work with your agent at Henderson Insurance Agency, serving Harrisburg, PA and the surrounding area, to get a quote for any cars that you are thinking about buying. In that way, you can compare the total cost of owning the other car including what it costs for insurance.
Contact your agent at Henderson Insurance Agency in Harrisburg, PA by calling 717-652-8355 or by using the convenient online form to request a quote for auto insurance.