How to sell a car to someone out of state?

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Asked by Feb 04, 2017 at 05:34 PM about the 2011 Honda Accord EX-L V6

Question type: Car Selling & Trading In

This is my first time selling a vehicle. I have had offers from people out of state and I am not sure if it is a legit buyer or a scam. I would like to know how I can sell my car and how to accept payment without the fear of being scammed.

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Have the buyer test drive the vehicle and only accept cash or a certified check in person only. Photo copy license and insurance card, then find a local notary or local DMV to get them temp tags and registration. Also draft a bill of sale, with price, VIN buyer info and have them sign it. You can also photocopy the reassigned title front and back.

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Don't accept most cashiers checks as there are a lot of fakes out there. Your bank can clear one drawn on their company but all others will take 2 weeks. Never let go of the car or the title until the payment clears!

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Get them on the phone. Not texting, talking. That's my first rule. At least you have a real live person who's inquiring about the car. Make sure the area code matches where they say their from. Encourage your buyer to have the car inspected by a professional inspection company. That costs them (not you) about $150. Explain that you're not a car person and there may be an issue that you're not aware of. After all the car is 6 years old. It's highly unlikely that a scammer is going to put out money for a car before they buy it. Once you agree to the terms of the sale (price, etc.) you can accept a bank draft or money order but make it absolutely clear that you will NOT under ANY circumstances release the car or title until the funds clear your bank. This is where buyers usually balk. You should write up an agreement of sale contract between you and your buyer. The contract will state the vehicle description, including the VIN, sale price, the vehicle is being sold as is with no warranties expressed or implied, and that when the buyer's payment clears your bank you will immediately and without hesitation release the car and title (if applicable in your State) to your buyer. You should have two copies of the contract, signed by both you and your buyer. It would also be a very good idea to get a photocopy of your buyer's driver's license as well. This will also fend off any would be scammers. HTH. - Jim

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