Selling a Car in Arizona

When you’re selling a vehicle in Arizona, there are some state-specific requirements that you need to be aware of. We’ve collected the appropriate information here so you can make certain that your vehicle sale ends up being hassle-free.

1. Title Information

First, make certain you entirely own your vehicle. In Arizona, you can only sell a vehicle if you have complete ownership of it (in other words, only if any loan on the vehicle has been paid off).

Second, make certain that you have the actual title. If you cannot find the title, you’ll need to request a replacement title from the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division. It is necessary that you have an official title because you will be signing the title as proof of the transfer of ownership from you to the individual that purchases the vehicle from you. Make sure you fill out the title transfer section of the title completely, as you don’t want to accidentally end up still being the owner of the vehicle and thus liable for anything the new driver does with it.

Also, in Arizona you need to have your signature notarized in order to prove that you actually own the vehicle and are who you say you are.

2. Bill of Sale Requirements

Arizona requires you to fill in a Sold Notice when you sell your vehicle. You can either fill out the information on the back of the title or complete a notice online. The required information includes the following:

  • Your name
  • Your Arizona Driver’s License number
  • A full and detailed vehicle description, including the vehicle’s make, model, year, series number (if applicable) and body type (2-door, 4-door, sedan, etc.), as well as the vehicle identification number (VIN)
  • Your address
  • The date of the sale
  • The sale price

Do yourself a favor and record this information for yourself as well in a Bill of Sale. Keeping that information will be very useful in case something goes wrong with the sale or your liability after the sale. Also, be aware that the sale of your vehicle may be taxable; check with your accountant or financial adviser for more details on this.

3. Inspections

Arizona requires vehicles being sold to be current on emission testing (if the vehicle is located within the area of the state that requires it) and may require an inspection before the sale is final, depending on certain circumstances. Vehicles must also be currently registered. So make sure you get all of these things covered before you sell the vehicle.

4. License Plates

In Arizona, when you sell your vehicle, the license plates will remain with you, not the vehicle, and you may be able to get a refund on the registration. You can check out the rules for refunds on the Seller’s page of the Arizona Motor Vehicle Department website.

5. Odometer Disclosure Requirements

In Arizona, you are required to disclose your vehicle’s odometer reading if you are selling the vehicle and it is 10 years old or newer. You should include the odometer reading on your Bill of Sale and make certain that the new owner has it so they can put it on the Title and Registration Application.

6. Other Information

If you have questions or want more details on anything having to do with selling your vehicle, check out the website for the Arizona Department of Transportation.