How to Sell A Car in Florida

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Do you have a old car that you no longer drive on the Tampa streets? If it is time to let it out of your life for good, you may be wondering how to sell a car in Florida. The process of selling a car in Florida varies depending on who you’re selling it to, whether that may be a private party or a local dealership. Regardless, it should intimidate you not to do it altogether! Let the auto experts at Wesley Chapel Toyota walk you through the crucial steps, such as how to choose the right party to sell to and how to fill out a Florida car title when selling, below. If any questions come up, feel free to reach out to us at any time! 

How to Sell a Car in Florida with Proper Documents

First, you’ll need to find an interested party online, word of mouth, or through another method that you prefer. With an interested party that you’ve vetted, you’ll need to make the sale official by transferring the ownership of your vehicle to the person buying your vehicle. To do so, you’ll have to complete a “Transfer of Title by Seller” section on your title certificate. The odometer reading must be disclosed in this information, and it also needs to be confirmed by the buyer who is filling out their title application. If you can’t find your title, you’ll have to order a duplicate, and must have it in paper form. This is why you should have the appropriate documents ready beforehand to ensure the process goes smoothly. Beyond the odometer reading, a certified mechanic will also need to perform a vehicle inspection report. 

With the vehicle inspection report and the official mileage reading, you and the buyer can sign and date the title to acknowledge the transfer of ownership. For more specific details on how to fill out a Florida car title when selling, you’ll need to confirm with your local St. Pete DMV. 

Other steps you can take when selling a car in Florida include:

  • Signing over the title.
  • Fill out a Release of LiabilitySubmit this form to your state DMV if required.
  • Provide warranty documents
  • Provide copies of maintenance records.
  • Include any additional transfer paperwork your state may require.

Selling a Car in Florida to Private Party vs. Dealer

While the choice is yours, you might be wondering if there is any reason why you should choose one over the other. As you can see, the process requires several documents and may seem overwhelming, especially if you’re not used to the paperwork, which the average Lakeland person wouldn’t be. However, when you decide to sell to a local dealer, like Wesley Chapel Toyota, our finance team will handle all of the paperwork and make the process as easy as possible. All you have to do is figure out the estimated worth of your car and ensure that you are getting the best offer possible!

Let Wesley Chapel Toyota Buy Your Car! 

Sell your car to Wesley Chapel Toyota in just three simple steps! If you’re tired of having that car just sitting in your St. Pete garage, we will be happy to take it off of your hands. Get started today!

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