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Auto Bill of Sale

(To Be Filled Out By Seller)

Make ___________ Model ___________ Year ___________ Style ___________ Color ___________ Odometer reading ___________ Vehicle Identification Number __________ Date of Purchase _____________________

Seller's Registration number ________________ Have you previously filed application for title for _______ this vehicle:

Yes ___ No ___

Seller's Name: __________________ Street and No. _______________ City: _______________ State: _________

AS OWNER OF THIS VEHICLE, I HEREBY TRANSFER OWNERSHIP TO:

Buyer's Name: ____________________ Street and No. ______ City: _______________ State: _________

For the Sum of $ _________________

I purchased this vehicle from: __________________ Name Street and No. _______________ City: _______________ State: _________

In connection with this Auto Bill of Sale, each party will execute and deliver any additional sale documents that may be deemed necessary and appropriate to complete the sale obligations contemplated herein.

This Auto Bill of Sale supersedes any prior written or verbal arrangement of agreed price and vehicle condition between the buyer and seller as of the date and signing of this Auto Bill of Sale.

Seller hereby warrants that (s)he is the lawful owner of said property and that (s)he has full legal right, power, and authority to sell said property.

Notices. Any notice to be given or to be served upon any party hereto must be in writing and may be given by certified or registered mail, but shall be deemed to have been given and received when a certified or registered letter containing such notice, properly addressed with postage prepaid, is deposited with the United States Postal Service. If notice is given in some manner other than by certified or registered mail, it shall be deemed to have been given when delivered to and received by the party to whom it is addressed, Such notices shall be given to the parties hereto at the following addresses:

If to the [Seller]:
[name]
[street address]
[city, state, zip]

If to the [Buyer]:
[name]
[street address]
[city, state, zip]

All such notices and communications shall be deemed to have been duly given when delivered by hand, if personally delivered; three (3) business days after deposit in any United States Post Office, postage prepaid, if mailed; when answered back, if faxed; and when receipt is acknowledge. Any party hereto may change its address for purposes of this paragraph by written notice given in the manner provided above.

Seller further warrants said property to be free of all encumbrances, liens, security agreements, claims, demands, and charges of every kind whatsoever and will warrant and defend the title to said property against any and all persons whomsoever.

I DECLARE UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY THAT THE STATEMENTS HEREIN CONTAINED ARE TRUE AND CORRECT TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE AND BELIEF.

__________________________________
Seller

Date: _________

If Required By State Law

This Section for Notary:

ACKNOWLEDGMENT

State of ___________________

County of __________________ [COUNTY]

On [DATE] before me, [NAME OF NOTARY], notary, personally appeared [NAME OF PERSON(S) INVOLVED], personally known to me (or proved to me on the basis of satisfactory evidence) to be the person(s) whose name(s) is/are subscribed to the within instrument and acknowledged to me that he/she/they executed the same in his/her/their authorized capacity(ies), and that by his/her/their signature(s) on the instrument the person(s), or the entity upon behalf of which the person(s) acted, executed the instrument.

Witness my hand and official seal.

Signature ____________________
Notary

My commission expires: _________________

(Seal)




INSTRUCTIONS

Before you sell your car, it's essential that you have 100% title of the vehicle in your personal name.

This even applies if you've never driven it.

However, in the event that you have lost your title to the car, you should contact your local Division of Motor Vehicles to apply for a replacement.

You should never sign over the title to your car or transfer it to anybody else unless you first have been paid "in full" for the vehicle.

At Point Of Sale

As soon as you have sold your car to a buyer, you should do the following:

  Duly date and sign the car title in the designated area for the appropriate signature(s). If the title you hold has more than one just a single owner (and, the names are divided by the word in the title: "and") all vehicle owners should sign. However, if the word "or" divides the "names" any of the vehicle owners may sign.

Main Point  Make sure you add the exact selling price on the title. The Internal Revenue Service looks at titles, and conducts an investigation suspiciously lower than average selling prices.

Main Point  Insert the vehicle odometer mileage on the car title. This is a strict requirement under federal law and in most States.

Main Point  Fill-in the brand of manufacture, make, model, etc., in the disclosure area on the vehicle title if required.

Main Point  Insert the correct name and/or address of the buyer (or, buyers) on the vehicle title.

For example: If the buyer's name is "Bill Smith" insert the buyer's "Full Name" and correct spelling "William John Smith". By doing so, you are complying law requirements.

Main Point  In a few cases it may be necessary to remove the license plate(s) off the vehicle.

However, if the motor vehicle is a truck and it's registered at a maximum of 10,000 pounds (or, more) a pick-up truck, motor cycle, a car or boat trailer or a mobile home, the license plates should stay attached to the car and there is no need to remove them.

Main Point  If there is any money outstanding on your car, you are required by law to pay-off the loan.

In compliance with the law, you must provide the prospective buyer with a "lien release" a legal document issued from the lien holder because the buyer will require this to title the vehicle.

This is an essential requirement under both State and Federal law.