Conversation: 11. Title Transfer
11. Title Transfer

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A: Now I've decided to buy this car, how do I transfer the title to myself?

B: Actually, your best bet is to contact the Automobile Club or to go to the DMV website.

A: Basically, what will I need to do?

B: Both buyer and seller need to transfer the ownership by filling out a Change of Ownership form and signing over the Certificate of Title, which will be either pink or rainbow.

A: Will I have to pay any fees?

B: All of the transfer fees are the responsibility of the buyer.

A: How much will it cost to transfer the title?

B: The DMV has a special formula that they use to calculate the fees. They will figure it out for you.

A: Do I need a Smog Certificate?

B: No, only if your car was manufactured before 1975.

A: Where do I take my forms?

B: You can take them to the DMV. You have ten days to complete the process.

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A: I don't really know all that much about the paperwork involved in buying a used car.

B: If you are a member of the Automobile Club, they can help guide you through the process, or just go to the DMV website.

A: What is the big picture of what I will need to take care of?

B: The car has a pink or rainbow Certificate of Title, which both the buyer and seller need to sign. They also both need to fill out theChange of Ownership form.

A: Who pays the fees to transfer the ownership?

B: The buyer must pay all of the fees.

A: Will it be really expensive to transfer the title?

B: The DMV will calculate the fees for you when you submit the paperwork.

A: What about a Smog Certificate?

B: No, your car was built after 1974, so you will be fine.

A: Where can I turn in my forms?

B: If you are a member of the Automobile Club, you can turn in your forms to them.

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A: Can you help me figure out how to transfer the title of the car I wish to buy so it will be registered in my name?

B: You can go to the DMV website for information or, if you are a member of the Automobile Club, they can be very helpful.

A: Can you just fill me in on what needs to be done?

B: When you both fill out and sign a Change of Ownership form and sign the Certificate of Title, the ownership will be transferred.

A: Are there any fees involved?

B: As the buyer, you are responsible for all of the fees.

A: How much money will I have to pay to transfer the title?

B: The only way to calculate the fee is to turn your paperwork in to the DMV, and they will figure it out for you.

A: Do I need to take the car in for a Smog Certificate?

B: No, your car is a newer model, so you won't need one.

A: Whom do I give my forms to when they are completed?

B: Check online for special situations, but usually you can mail your forms in to the DMV.


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