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Doing a Car Title Transfer Right: Essential Information

What Is a Car Title Transfer?

A car title transfer is the process of changing ownership of a vehicle. Usually, it occurs at the conclusion of a used car transaction, after a buyer sends payment to a seller.

Title transfers can also occur between family members with no money involved or after a car’s owner dies and a close relative wants to transfer the title into their own name.

Once a seller signs over the car's title to the buyer, they no longer have anything to do with the car.

As the buyer in a private auto sale, you will become the legal owner of the vehicle as soon as the seller transfers the title to you.

Read our guide to buying a used car for more details on the overall transaction process.

What Documents Are Needed for a Vehicle Transfer?

There can be multiple documents involved in a vehicle sale, but the title is the most significant. Though paperwork requirements can vary from one state to another, here are the documents most commonly required:

  • A completed title transfer application form
  • Proof of car insurance from the buyer
  • Proof of identity from buyer and seller (driver’s license or government-issued ID card)—note that PrivateAuto verifies buyers and sellers
  • Bill of sale—done through the PrivateAuto mobile app with e-signatures
  • The original title (or a duplicate title, if the original title has been lost)
  • An odometer disclosure statement—required by some states
  • A highway safety vehicle inspection—required by some states

Some states allow you to complete a title transfer online, while others require you to come in person to the DMV office.

How to Transfer a Car Title

How Long Can You Wait to Transfer a Title?

Each state sets its own limits for how soon a title transfer must be completed. Some states provide a 30-day or even 60-day window, while other states require you to transfer the title within 10 days of purchasing a vehicle. Usually, you should transfer the title of a car you just bought as soon as you can.

What is the Vehicle Transaction Process?

There are many steps to buying a used car, and transferring the title is one of them. Here are the phases of a private-party vehicle purchase.

  1. The buyer and seller agree on terms of the sale, especially the purchase price.
  2. Buyer and seller meet in person (or do a long-distance transaction via a trusted third party) for a test drive and to complete the transaction.
  3. The buyer can opt for a vehicle inspection (may be required in some states).
  4. Buyer and seller complete a bill of sale to memorialize the terms of the transaction, including purchase price, mileage, and other pertinent info. PrivateAuto automates the bill of sale process via mobile app prompts.
  5. The buyer pays the seller (send up to $1M instantly via PrivateAuto Pay with no transaction fee).
  6. The seller fills out the necessary information on the title and signs it over to the buyer. If the title lists two owners, both the second owner and the seller sign the title).
  7. The buyer also fills in the proper information on the certificate of title and signs it.
  8. The seller completes an odometer reading and the buyer verifies its accuracy.
  9. If the vehicle has an outstanding loan, lending institutions (listed as lien holders) will either need to be paid off or consent to the transaction.
  10. In most states, the seller will remove the license plates.
  11. The buyer gets liability insurance on the vehicle
  12. The buyer registers their new vehicle. This step requires proof of insurance, and the buyer will need to provide an identification document (driver’s license or ID card).
  13. The buyer gets a temporary tag to drive the vehicle and also applies for new license plates (in most states).
  14. The buyer pays the title transfer fee required for their state. If you’re transferring an out-of-state title, you’ll need to pay the fees appropriate for your state, not the state you’re buying from
  15. The buyer pays the vehicle sales tax on the purchase price of the vehicle as applicable. Taxes vary by state, with a few states not charging car sales tax at all. See our car sales tax guide for more details.
  16. The buyer completes a transfer of ownership form and submits it to their state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or equivalent organization. They will also pay a title transfer fee, which varies by state.

In the next section, we’ll go over the steps in more detail.

Steps for Signing Over a Car Title

A car title transfer involves two primary phases.

  • The buyer and seller meet in person and handle the test drive, inspection, payment, and signing of the title.
  • The buyer completes the process at the DMV or equivalent organization.

Let’s get into the sub-processes in more detail.

Locate the Current Title or Apply for a Duplicate

The seller needs to have the vehicle’s Certificate of Title on hand. This is very important, especially for the new owner, who needs it to get insurance and register the car.

If you've misplaced or lost your vehicle's title, you'll need to get a replacement title before you can transfer ownership of the vehicle. It may sound silly to order a copy of a misplaced title when you’re planning on transferring the title anyway, but it's the law.

You can obtain a duplicate title through the DMV, either in-office or by mail. Applications are also available for download on most state DMV websites. Certified copies of titles are available upon request, and you can choose to either pick up your title in person or have it mailed to you. Please note that it may take longer to receive your title if you choose to mail it.

Sign a Bill of Sale

A bill of sale confirms transfer of ownership of and protects both the buyer and seller by providing a legal record of the transaction.

Since the bill of sale states the transaction date, it can offer legal protection to the seller, should they be accused of violations committed with the vehicle after said date. It also protects the buyer, should the seller attempt to cancel the transaction after payment has been made.

This document is also very important for tax purposes, especially if the car is considered a capital gain. Even if you took a loss on the sale, you should still keep a copy of this information just in case.

The bill of sale should include the following:

  • Purchase date
  • Legal name, mailing address and physical address of the seller and buyer
  • The EXACT purchase price*
  • Vehicle description (make, model, year, body style)
  • Vehicle mileage (and/or odometer disclosure form)
  • Vehicle identification number (VIN)
  • A formal disclosure statement that the vehicle is free of any claims, liens, and offsets.
  • Warranty information
  • Signatures of the seller and buyer
  • Additionally, many states require a signature from either a notary public or two witnesses.

*Sellers can face legal action if the sales price listed on the bill of sale is less than the amount paid. Putting a fraudulent price tag on the bill of sale is a common scam used by crooked sellers to evade steep tax rates.

Many states are cracking down on sales tax shortcuts by comparing vehicle sales prices to book values. It’s a good idea to keep any bank statements that prove the price is genuine, especially if you’re selling the vehicle for less than it’s worth.

PrivateAuto makes the bill of sale process easy. Buyer and seller each e-sign it in our mobile app at the appropriate point in the transaction process. To learn more about the bill of sale, check out our detailed bill of sale guide.


Exchange Payment

Payment is another essential part of the vehicle transaction process.

As a seller, do not hand over the title or complete the title transfer documentation until the buyer pays for the car. Once the title transfer is complete, the buyer is the legal owner of the car, regardless of whether you received payment or not.

Until PrivateAuto, no payment method existed for private vehicle transactions that met all of the following criteria:

  • Good for any transaction amount
  • Instantaneous
  • Secure
  • Safe
  • Verified funds

Cash is risky; cashier’s checks require time to clear and are not foolproof; Venmo has transaction limits—each payment method has significant drawbacks.

PrivateAuto Pay solves all of these issues. It is a direct banking integration within the PrivateAuto app. At the appropriate step in the transaction process (after both parties have e-signed the bill of sale), the buyer will be prompted to transfer funds, and the seller will receive them instantaneously. Any amount up to $1 million. Any time of day. Any day of the year.

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Release Liens

If the seller has debt on the car, they need to settle the lien as soon as they get paid.

The lending institution should also give the seller a lien release document after the seller pays the lien. The seller should receive the title between 10-30 days after the debt is settled, depending on how the information is submitted.

Sign Over the Title

This is the crucial step that transfers ownership of the vehicle from the seller to the buyer. The buyer will need the certificate of title document for registration and insurance purposes.

The vehicle owner (seller) needs to bring a certificate of title. This can be a duplicate title or the original. The title must be filled out and signed by the seller and the buyer, each in their respective fields on the title form.

The buyer should check the vehicle identification number and compare it to the one listed on the vehicle title. Sometimes, VINs are falsified as part of some fraudulent scheme. Other times, the wrong VIN is listed on the title due to a clerical error that was never rectified.

Provide Proof of Insurance for the Vehicle, if Necessary

Some states require the owner to have active vehicle insurance coverage at the time of title transfer. In other states, the buyer will need to have an insurance policy ready to go for the newly-purchased vehicle. Before beginning a used car transaction, check with your state’s DMV website or call the local office to make sure all your bases are covered.

File a Notice of Release of Liability, if Necessary

Some states, like California, require that sellers file a Notice of Release of Liability (NRL) after a car is sold. In most states, however, this document is an optional precautionary measure.

An NRL protects the seller from being charged unfairly for traffic violations that happen after the vehicle has been sold. According to the California DMV website, an NRL is only needed when vehicle ownership has changed.

Complete DMV Title Transfer Paperwork

A Notice of Title Transfer (sometimes called a Motor Vehicle Transfer Notification or other names, depending on the state) is an important form that buyers must file with the DMV. In some states, the seller may also need to sign the form.

The following information is required on the title transfer form:

  • VIN
  • Make, model, year, and body style of the vehicle
  • Title document number
  • License plate or decal plate number
  • Date of transaction
  • Legal names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of both parties
  • Signatures

In some states, a certification portion is at the bottom of the transfer form; the former owner and the new owner must each sign and date.

This section will read something like this:

“I, the above-listed transferor, am notifying the Department of Motor Vehicles that I have transferred the above vehicle, which was legally owned by me and had a title issued in my name.

I understand the department will notate the transfer on the vehicle record, and under law, the vehicle will remain in my name until the new owner(s) transfers the title into their name.”

Don’t wait to submit the paperwork for your title to the DMV, since many states have costly penalties for filing a Title Transfer Notice after the deadline. Every state is different, with some allowing up to 60 days and others allowing buyers only 5 days to complete the title transfer process.


License Plates

Depending on the state, the person selling the car may have to take the license plates off of it. The buyer will need to get new license plates.

Some states specify that the buyer keep the plates with the car. In other states, the law requires that the seller remove the license plates from the car and surrender them to the DMV. Still other states allow the seller to transfer the plates to another vehicle they own.

See our state-by-state license plate guide for the correct procedure in your state.

In states that require the seller to remove the plates, the buyer will need to get temporary plates or a vehicle transport permit from the DMV or county tax office to legally drive the car.

Vehicle transport permit laws differ from state to state. In Texas, drivers can either pay for a 72-hour or 144-hour permit, whereas in some other states, drivers are allowed 30 days before they have to get a permanent plate. License plate costs vary considerably by state, with some charging only $5 and others charging as much as $60.

Register The Car

New owners should head to the DMV as soon as possible to register the vehicle under their name. In addition to the Application for a Registration form, the DMV will request identification, proof of address, proof of insurance, and a bill of sale.

Tips For Filling Out a Title Transfer Notice

  • Use black or blue ink and refrain from using correction tape or liquid on the form. Otherwise, you could risk nullifying the document.
  • Sign your name on the title transfer as it appears on the original title. This is especially significant for those who’ve had their name changed.
  • Ensure the lienholder has filed the paperwork on their end to relinquish rights to the vehicle before you transfer ownership.

Title Transfer by State

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How to Schedule a Title Transfer Appointment

Many states allow you to schedule a title transfer appointment online via the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website. Some states even allow you to complete the entire title transfer process via their DMV website.

For other states, you may need to call your local DMV office to schedule an appointment or to inquire about your state’s title transfer procedure.

Can I Complete a Title Transfer Online?

Many states allow for the entire title application and transfer process to be done online. Check your state’s DMV website to see if an online title transfer is available.

Title Transfer Cost

Title fees vary from state to state, as each state sets its own title transfer fees. For instance, it costs $6 to transfer a title in Utah, $7 to do a title transfer in Colorado, and $58 to complete a title transfer in Pennsylvania. If you’re calculating fees for a title transfer, check your state’s DMV website for more information.

Title Transfer Fee Exemptions

Depending on the state you live in, you may be exempt from paying vehicle title transfer fees. Generally, you will need to pay transfer fees for all autonomous vehicles and all-terrain vehicles, but military and veteran service members can get an exemption on one vehicle in most US states.

If you have a disabled parking permit, you may not have to pay transfer fees.

Also, some states let you finish the title transfer process without paying fees if you use the vehicle for shelter (like mobile homes and vehicle trailers) or only for work (like motor carrier vehicles and agricultural vehicles).

What Information Is on a Car Title?

A vehicle title displays identifying information about the vehicle and the vehicle’s owner. The information displayed on a car title includes:

  • The Vehicle identification number (VIN)
  • Manufacturer’s certificate of origin
  • The vehicle’s make
  • The vehicle’s model
  • The vehicle’s year of manufacture
  • Technical information about the vehicle, such as weight
  • The vehicle’s license plate number
  • The owner’s name and address—also any address changes that may have occurred since the owner held the title
  • Lienholder information, when applicable

Is a Title Transfer the Same as Registration?

No, a vehicle title transfer and vehicle registration are not the same, though they are often confused with each other. A title certificate is a vehicle ownership certificate, while a car registration is a document that allows you (and others) to drive the vehicle on public roads. Let’s examine the differences between the two.

Car Title vs Registration

Vehicle registration shows that you have registered your car with your state and paid any fees or taxes that are still due. Here are the main distinctions between title and registration:

  • A title certificate proves you own the car
  • A registration card allows you (and others) to drive the car on public roads
  • Vehicle registration needs to be renewed, usually annually
  • A vehicle title does not need to be renewed
  • A title transfer fee is paid once, when a vehicle transaction happens or in the immediate aftermath
  • Registration fees are paid on a regular basis, usually annually

Does a Title Transfer Include Registration?

No, a title transfer does not include registration. Most of the time, the DMV handles both the paperwork to transfer the title and the paperwork to register the car at the same time.

Just send in the registration application at the same time you send in the title transfer application. You can do this online, by mail, or by going in person to your DMV. You will need to pay a vehicle registration fee in addition to the title transfer fee.

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FAQ on Title Transfers

How can I transfer a title into my name?

If you are purchasing a vehicle, the seller will need to sign the title over to you, and then you will need to complete the title transfer with your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). You will also need to register your vehicle with the state and pay registration fees.

If you were given a vehicle by a family member and didn’t pay for it, the process of transferring the vehicle’s title to your name stays the same, but you may not need to pay sales taxes and transfer fees, depending on your state of residence and the details of the transfer.

Does a title transfer need to be notarized?

A title transfer does not need to be notarized in every state, but some states do require a title transfer notarization. States that require a title transfer to be notarized are:

  • Montana
  • Louisiana
  • Arizona
  • Oklahoma
  • Ohio
  • Kentucky
  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania

Can you do a title transfer without the title?

No, you can’t complete a title transfer without a certified title. If your car title has been damaged, destroyed, lost, or stolen, you’ll need to get a duplicate. Each state has its own process for getting duplicate titles.

Even though each state has different rules, most of them need the following documents to give out a duplicate certificate of title:

  • Proof of ownership of the vehicle
  • Driver’s license or identification card (ID)
  • Proof of liability insurance on the vehicle
  • Proof of registration

How do I do a title transfer for a deceased owner?

Transferring vehicle titles if the owner is deceased is similar to transferring them from previous owners.

The only difference in documentation is that you’ll need to obtain the deceased owner’s death certificate or a copy of the death certificate and the Affidavit for Transfer of Real Property without Probate, in addition to the other necessary documents.

In most states, the surviving spouse or domestic partner will not have to pay title transfer fees if the title is being given to them.

What is title jumping in Michigan?

Title jumping is selling a vehicle that you don’t own (without your name on the title). Title jumping is illegal in all states, including Michigan.

How much is a title transfer in Michigan?

Transferring a car title in Michigan will cost you $15. Remember, this fee does not include registration fees, which you’ll need to pay annually in the state of Michigan.

How much is a title transfer in NC?

A title transfer in NC will cost you $56. If you’re purchasing a vehicle, you’ll also need to pay the North Carolina license plate fee, which starts at $39.

Can I do a title transfer online in Texas?

Yes, you can transfer a car title online in Texas. This state encourages online title transfers as a way to avoid overcrowding local DMVs.

How much is a title transfer in California?

California charges $15 to transfer a title and gives a 30-day window to complete the title transfer process.

How much is a title transfer in Texas?

The fee for a Texas title transfer ranges from $28 to $33, depending on what county you live in. This state gives you up to 30 days to apply for a title transfer when buying a vehicle in Texas, after which you will be charged a late fee of $25 per day.

How long does it take to get a title transfer in Texas?

The title transfer processing times in Texas can be quite lengthy. The Texas DMV website notes that you should allow a minimum of 20 business days for processing your vehicle title application, but this process usually takes a bit longer.

How long does a title transfer take in California?

It can take around a month for your application for title transfer to be processed in California. The California DMV website notes that it takes approximately 30 days from the day they get your documents for you to get your California title. Read our article on how long it takes to get license plates in the mail for more info.

Can I get a copy of my vehicle title online?

Yes, you can get a certified copy of your car title online in some states. Your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website will note whether getting certified copies of vehicle titles online is possible.

Do farm vehicles have a title?

Farm vehicles may or may not have a title. Generally, if a farm vehicle will also be traveling on public roads, you will need to get the vehicle registered, titled, replace your license plates, and get a special plate that allows you to do so.

If the farm vehicle is used strictly within the farm and will not be traveling on public roads, it may be exempt from titling and registration and likely won’t need special license plates. For more farm vehicle title information, check with the laws of your respective state.

What happens if you don't transfer a title within 10 days?

In some states, car buyers have 10 days to transfer a car's title into their name. If they don't, they may face some consequences.

Your state's DMV could put a hold on your registration if you delay beyond the allotted window, which means you wouldn't be able to get your license plates or tags until you transfer the title.

Additionally, if you're pulled over, the police may give you a ticket for driving an unregistered vehicle. So it's important to make sure you transfer the title within the allotted time frame to avoid any potential problems.

Can I just sign a car title to someone?

When you sell a car, you need to sign the title over to the buyer. This gives the new owner the right to register the car in their name and get insurance on it.

Signing over a car title is a pretty straightforward process, but there are a few things you'll need to keep in mind.

  1. You have to own the vehicle or have the power of attorney to sell the car and release ownership of the vehicle.
  2. Make sure that the person you're signing the title over to is qualified to drive the car. If they're not, then they won't be able to register the car in their name.
  3. You'll need to make sure that the title is free and clear of any liens or encumbrances. If there are still payments owed on the car, then you'll need to arrange for those to be paid off before you sign the title over.
  4. Be sure to have all of the necessary paperwork including bill of sale and odometer reading in order before you sign anything. Once everything is in order, simply sign your name on the dotted line and hand over the keys.

Can you transfer the title of a financed car?

When you finance a car, the lender holds the title until the loan is paid in full. This is to protect their investment in case you default on the loan and they need to repossess the vehicle.

Once you've paid off the loan, the lender will send you the title with their name removed and your name added as the sole owner.

If you're selling the car before it's paid off, you'll need to transfer the title to the new owner and add them as a lienholder. This can be done through your local DMV office. You'll need to provide the new owner's information, as well as proof of insurance and payment for any applicable fees.

Once everything is processed, the DMV will send you and the new owner the updated title.

Vehicle ownership is an important step in life. If you don't transfer vehicle ownership correctly, you could be held liable for any damages that occur while the car is in the new owner's possession. As a result, it's important to be familiar with your state's laws on vehicle transfer and title transfer before you sell or trade-in your car.

What should I do if I have a signed title, but no bill of sale?

When you purchase a vehicle from a private party, they should provide you with a bill of sale. This document is important as it proves that you are the new owner of the vehicle. The bill of sale should have the seller’s name printed on it, as well as important information about the sale, such as the purchase price and any conditions or warranties that are attached to the vehicle.

In some cases, you may receive a signed title from the seller but no bill of sale. In this case, you should check with your local tag and title office to see what their requirements are. In most cases, a signed title with a statement of mileage is sufficient for proof of ownership.

When you buy a car through PrivateAuto, you’ll have a completed and signed bill of sale in your PrivateAuto account as part of the transaction process.

What is a transfer of ownership form?

A transfer of ownership form is a legal document that is used to transfer the ownership of property from one person to another. The form must be signed by both the seller and the buyer, and it must be notarized by a notary public in some states. The date of the transfer, the owner names and addresses of the parties involved, a description of the property being transferred, and the signatures of witnesses must also be listed on the title.

How do you sign over a car title in Alaska?

To sign over a car title in Alaska, the current owner must fill out the appropriate forms and submit them to the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles. However, there are a few laws and rules that must be followed in order for the transfer of ownership to be valid.

The form will need to include the vehicle's identification number, make, and model, as well as the buyer's name and address. Both the buyer and seller need to fill out a form and provide an identification card. The seller also needs to provide proof of insurance.

In some cases, the DMV may want you to take an emissions test (also known as a smog check) before you can register your car. The title process is similar for other types of motor vehicles, such as RVs and motorcycles. In most cases, the seller will also need to provide a bill of sale as proof of purchase.

Once the forms have been submitted, the Division of Motor Vehicles will issue a new title in the buyer's name. The buyer will be able to register their new vehicle and obtain license plates.

How do you sign over a car title in Nevada?

There are a few things you need before you can successfully sign over a car title in Nevada. When you buy or sell a car, you'll need the current title for the vehicle, as well as a bill of sale. The bill of sale should list the date of purchase, the names, and addresses of the buyer and seller, and a description of the vehicle, including the year, make, model, and VIN. You'll also need to have the title signed by the seller, and both parties will need to provide their driver's license numbers.

Once all of this information has been gathered, you can take it to your local DMV office and they will help you complete the transfer process.

How do you sign over a car title in MA?

In the state of Massachusetts, there are a few requirements that must be met in order to sign over a vehicle title. This process can be completed at your local Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) branch.

To begin, the seller will need to sign the title over to the buyer. The next step is for the buyer to complete an application for title and registration application. This form must be accompanied by a bill of sale and the appropriate title fees.

If you transferred your title to a family member, you will need to fill out a completed Registration and Title Application.  This form must be signed by both the seller and the buyer, and it must be notarized. The person gifting or donating the vehicle must submit the following sales tax exemption form (MVU-24).

Once the forms are completed, they should be sent to the address listed on the forms. The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) will then process the transfer and issue a new registration certificate.

How do I transfer a car title in Alabama?

If you're selling a car in Alabama, you'll need to transfer the title to the new registered owner. The process of transferring a title in Alabama is relatively simple, but there are a few things you'll need to do first. Make sure you have the following documents:

  • The vehicle's current title
  • A completed Application for Certificate of Title (Form MVT 5-1), which can be obtained from your local county office
  • A bill of sale, if applicable
  • Proof of insurance
  • Your driver's license and ID card
  • The appropriate fees (which vary by county)

Once you have all the required documents, take them to your local county office. The title will be transferred to the new owner and you'll be given a release of liability form to sign. This form acknowledges that you are no longer responsible for the vehicle and releases you from any future liability. Make sure to keep a copy of the form for your records.

Can I transfer a salvage title?

Yes, you can transfer a salvage vehicle title as a private seller, but you will have to notify the buyer of the vehicle that the title is branded. Vehicle information such as title brands and title changes are shown on the title. Most vehicle dealers won’t take a vehicle with a salvage title. You will need to fix the vehicle and do road tests to clear the title if you plan on selling to a dealer.

How long do I have to submit papers for a Florida title transfer?

Dates and deadlines for submitting title transfer papers differ from state to state. In Florida, you must apply for a title transfer for your new vehicle, mobile home, or vessel by submitting the necessary papers online, via mail, or in-person in a DMV office located near you. You will need to complete the transfer within 30 days of buying a used car in Florida.

What is a tax certificate?

A tax certificate is an official document that shows the current state of your taxes, including amounts owed, penalties, interest, and other costs and expenses. A tax collector has access to your tax certificate, which also includes taxes related to recreational vehicles.

Can you transfer the title on abandoned vehicles?

Yes, in some cases, you can transfer the title of an abandoned vehicle. To do so, the vehicle has to be found on your property, and you must inform the previous owner of the vehicle of the location of the car at least once.

Can I buy a vehicle with cash back credit cards?

While you can pay for a vehicle with a credit card, when it comes to balance transfer, credit cards are far from the best option. If you opt for a delayed payment plan, you may end up spending more on interest rates than you do on your vehicle.

What information is on commercial driver licenses?

A commercial driver’s license allows you to operate certain types of motor vehicles, such as 18-wheeler trucks and school buses. This type of driver’s license contains your name, address, date of birth, height, weight, hair color, eye color, gender, and organ donor status.

How do I choose an auto loan?

The best way to choose an auto loan is to compare auto loans for specific vehicles you’re interested in. Compare cars you’re interested in buying and check out your loan options for each vehicle. Of course, low interest rates are a top priority, but loan refinance options, loan length, and prepayment penalties should be factors in your decision, as well.

Where do the buyer and seller names appear on the title?

The buyer’s name appears in the Signature(s) of all purchaser(s), while the seller’s name should be right next to this section. If there are multiple buyers or sellers, all of them should sign their names on the title.