Selling a Car in Georgia
When you’re selling a vehicle in Georgia, you need to pay attention to some specific requirements that the state has. You can find here the information that you need regarding these requirements and use it to make your vehicle sale easy and hassle-free.
1. Title Information
First of all, in Georgia, you can sell a vehicle under two conditions. The first condition is if you have complete ownership of the vehicle. In other words, any “lien” (loan) on the vehicle must be paid off before you can sell the vehicle. You can also sell a vehicle that you still have a lien on, provided that you pay off the lien immediately after selling the vehicle. If you are selling your vehicle under the second condition, you must inform the buyer and include the information for the lienholder as part of your Bill of Sale.
Secondly, make certain that you have the actual title. If you cannot find the title, you’ll need to request a replacement title from the Georgia Department of Revenue. You need to have an official title because you will be signing the title over to the vehicle buyer as proof of the transfer of ownership from you to them. Make sure you fill out the title transfer section of the title completely, since you don’t want to accidentally end up still owning the vehicle and being liable for it.
In Georgia, vehicles manufactured earlier than 1963 are not required to have titles. A Bill of Sale is sufficient to transfer a vehicle of this type.
2. Bill of Sale Requirements
Georgia requires you to put together a Bill of Sale when you sell a vehicle. The Bill of Sale must include the following elements:
- The new owner’s name
- The full address of the new owner
- The seller’s name
- The full address of the seller
- The date of the sale
- The sale price
- 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.), plus the vehicle identification number (VIN)
- Any current lien still on the vehicle
- The vehicle odometer reading at the time of sale
- The signatures of the seller and new owner
Keep a copy of the Bill of Sale for your records. You can create your own Bill of Sale with the aforementioned information or use the official form. Also, be aware that the sale of your vehicle may be taxable; check with your accountant or financial adviser for more information about this.
Georgia requires yearly emission testing for vehicles that are registered in specific counties. If your vehicle is one of these, it is your responsibility to make certain that the vehicle is current with its inspection before you sell it. You can find all testing station locations and testing requirements on the Georgia Clean Air website’s emissions page.
4. License Plates
In Georgia, when you sell your vehicle, the license plates remain with you rather than with the vehicle. You then may be able to put those same plates on your next vehicle.
5. Odometer Disclosure Requirements
When you sell a vehicle that is 10 years old or newer in Georgia, you must disclose its odometer reading. You can simply fill in the odometer reading space on the back of the title in order to fulfill this requirement.
6. Other Information
If you have any questions or want more details on vehicle selling in the state, check out the website for the Georgia Motor Vehicles Division.