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Buying or Selling a Vehicle

The following information will assist you with the proper procedures when buying a vehicle in Pennsylvania. The buyer and seller should meet at the office of a notary public, tag service, or motor vehicle dealer to ensure the title application is completed correctly. If the car is financed, the certificate of title in your name will be mailed to the lienholder. If the vehicle is not financed, the certificate of title in your name will be sent directly to you.


 

Acceptable Proof of Ownership Documents

Vehicle ownership documents issued by vehicle manufacturers and titling jurisdictions that provide specific vehicle information and used as the legal document to transfer ownership of the vehicle are known as “proof of ownership” documents. The following are the acceptable proof of ownership documents:

  • Manufacturer Certificate/Statement of Origin (MCO or MSO)
  • Pennsylvania Certificate of Title
  • Out of State Certificate of Title
  • Certificate of Salvage
  • Court Order
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Pennsylvania DOT Regulations for Selling Cars


Selling or buying a car in Pennsylvania requires more than just a check and a handshake. It’s a process of forms and signatures that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) requires for subsequent titling and registration purposes.


One overlooked signature could cause you a bureaucratic migraine that takes weeks to cure. Making the effort to assure all papers and signatures are in order is time well spent.

If You’re Selling a Car in PA

  • Print and sign your name in the presence of a notary on the back of the title (in Section A); the buyer must do the same.
  • Record the vehicle’s odometer reading.
  • Be sure you remove your license plates from the vehicle.

If You’re Buying a Car in PA

  • Before you clinch the deal, arrange to have car insurance.
  • Make sure the seller completes Section A on the back of title.
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