Paperwork When Selling a Car in Indiana
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You must, when signing over the title, include:
- Odometer reading
- Selling price
- Buyer's name and address
- Date of sale
- Your signature
The buyer will need this to title and register the vehicle in his or her own name. If you cannot give the buyer the title on the day of the sale, you must provide him or her with a 21-day affidavit declaring that you will provide the title within the next 21 days.
After the transaction has been made, be sure to remove the plates from the vehicle.
You aren't required to show the vehicle registration at the time of the sale, but doing so might help facilitate the sale. For example, the buyer might be able to see that the tags are legitimate and that the vehicle has passed recent emissions tests.
You do not have to surrender the sold vehicle's plates or registration certificate to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV).
Though not necessary for the transaction, you should keep a bill of sale for your records. You can download a generic copy from our Bill of Sale page.
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