Here are some guidelines for selling your car in California.
Documents Needed To Sell Your Car In California
Certificate of Title
Complete the reverse side of the title:
- Buyer name and address.
- Buyer signature.
- Your signature
- Odometer disclosure if the car is less than 10 years old.
- Rebuilt from salvage disclosure if needed.
Complete the Conforming Odometer Statement on the back of the title. Automobiles older than 10 years are exempt.
If there’s no room on the title, you must complete the Reg 262 form.
Notice of Transfer of Ownership
California requires a Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability (REG 138). It releases you from liability if the car is:
- Used in a crime.
- In an accident.
To sell most gas and diesel cars or light trucks, you need smog certification that’s 90 days old or fewer.
- Year model 1976 and later gas.
- Year model 1998 and later diesel.
A smog certificate isn’t required for vehicles less than 4 year-models old.
Bill of Sale
California doesn’t require a bill of sale. It’s still a good idea to have one so that you and the buyer have a legal record.
PrivateAuto includes a bill of sale with a vehicle listing.
How To Replace a Lost Title in California
Fill out and sign Reg 227 to get a duplicate title.
Vehicle History Report
By offering to provide a vehicle history report, you present yourself as a trustworthy seller.
When you sell your car with PrivateAuto Premium, you get a vehicle history report at no extra cost.
California License Plates
California standard plates remain with the car after the sale.
Personalized or custom plates belong to you. Remove them before you hand over the keys and title.
Your listing on PrivateAuto includes state-specific documents. Vehicle history report included.