What Documents Should I Get When Buying a Used Car?

If you're searching for your next vehicle in Ithaca, Trumansburg, and Watkins Glen, you might be wondering what documents you should receive after you've agreed to purchase it. There are certain documents you should get when buying a used car, and Maguire Dealerships is discussing them here in this space.

It's very important that you have all the paperwork required prior to your first Syracuse or Baldwinsville adventure.

Bill of Sale

Buying a car? There's no document more important than the bill of sale. It can also be known as the purchase and sale agreement. This is the paper that essentially seals the sale process. If you're buying a car, truck, trailer, snowmobile, or even an ATV, you're going to need acceptable proof of ownership. If you don't have it, there can be difficulties when registering the vehicle or getting a title certificate.

Get the proof of ownership with the bill of sale. Both the seller and the buyer complete this document.

It includes:

  • Year and make of the car
  • Vehicle identification number (VIN)
  • Date of sale
  • Purchase price
  • Names and signatures of the buyer and seller

You'll want to make a photocopy of the bill of sale to keep for your own records. The original bill of sale will be given to the DMV with other required proofs of ownership.

Other Important Vehicle Paperwork

What is that other required proof of ownership? You'll need to have the original New York State Certificate of Title. Ownership can't be transferred without the title. The title will have the signature of the buyer and seller, and also have the mileage, along with the date of sale on the paperwork.

If the used car is 10 model years old or newer, the Odometer Disclosure Statement must also be provided on the back of the title certificate. This ensures the odometer reading is accurate and properly documented.

The Damage Disclosure Statement will also be part of this paperwork, which certifies whether or not the vehicle has been wrecked, destroyed, or damaged in any way.

Shopping the Used Car Inventory

With a large used car vehicle inventory to choose from, we think you'll find the car you're looking for. Whether it's an SUV for the entire family, a sporty car for weekend adventures, or even a truck for the daily rigors of the job site, you'll find them all here at our location.

If you don't find the perfect match after browsing the inventory, our CarFinder tool can be a big help. Enter a bit of information about the kind of car you're looking for, and we'll let you know when a match arrives. From the fuel-friendly to the spacious to the luxury, our unique inventory is diverse and highly intriguing.

Dot the I's and Cross the T's

Buying a pre-owned car? Make sure you receive all the proper documents before driving the car in Ithaca, Trumansburg, and Watkins Glen.

The team at Maguire Dealerships has helped many in Syracuse and Baldwinsville get behind the wheel of their dream car, and we look forward to working with you, too.

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Ithaca, NY 14850

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