Paperwork When Buying a Car in West Virginia
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The paperwork you'll need when buying a car depends on the type of transaction.
If you're buying from a dealer, you'll find that the dealer can handle all procedures and paperwork for you, as well as collect all applicable registration and title fees.
To title a leased vehicle, or to transfer the ownership if you buy your leased vehicle, use the Application for Certificate of Title for Leased Motor Vehicle.
The paperwork you'll need when buying from a private seller varies a bit according to a few factors, such as the age of the car. But, the following should cover most situations:
The DMV warns against buying a vehicle if the seller can't produce the title. Without the previous title, you won't be able to get a new title in your name and register the car. The registration information is handy to get from the seller, too, although you don't need the registration to complete a sale or title and register the vehicle in your name.
If the seller can't find the title, suggest that the seller obtain a duplicate title by following the steps outlined on our replacing a lost title page.
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