How to Buy a Used Car

Few things are more exciting than the purchase of another car. Even a new-to-you car is full of promise. But getting from the point of wanting to the point of having can take a little work, some of it frustrating. Today we're going to give you guidelines on how to buy a used car.

Arizona MVD have really stepped up their customer service game in the past few years. 

Arizona MVD have really stepped up their customer service game in the past few years. 

If the buyer knows the car they want, it makes it easier to start with the options and mileage requirements. 

Since The Kelly Bluebook has now been usurped by Manheim auction pricing for exotic cars, the buyer will need to have access if looking for something in the exotic range.  Otherwise, the Kelly will do.

Taking the time to get a Carfax and Autocheck report is worthwhile, too.

 It’s important to remember that most times a car is a consumable, and not an investment.

Here is a free checklist for buyers who are new to buying cars in general. 

Ask the owner for repair documents and warranty info. Do the research, to learn the issues of the model and year. It’s important for the buyer to be comfortable with the condition of the car.

Once the purchaser chooses a vehicle to purchase, here is a list of things which have to be completed:

Bill of sale.

The DMV recommends a bill of sale, even though the State of Arizona doesn’t require it. You can find out more about that here.

The bottom line is, get a bill of sale, even if the owner signs the title over to you. The bill of sale will have the seller’s name and address, the odometer reading, and other applicable information and will ease the title transfer process.

License plate removal

If you’re the buyer, make sure the seller takes his old license plate. The new owner has no rights to the old license plate but can obtain a temporary plate here.

Get a lien release and power of attorney (if applicable). Some liens are listed right in the title. However, since many are not, it is up to the buyer to check for a lien.You can search for a lien online here for a small fee.

Title change


The buyer and seller should take the paperwork to the local MVD, pay the required fees and taxes. If the buyer does not go to the DMV, it is up to the seller to file the change of ownership paperwork within 14 days.

Proof of vehicle inspection. If the vehicle has a current proof of inspection, the seller will have it. Otherwise  (especially with out-of-state vehicles), an inspection will be necessary.

Proof of Insurance

 If you have insurance already, your current insurance will cover the car temporarily if it is in your name. But, if you don’t have insurance, you will need to obtain proof to give to the DMV.

Once the vehicle purchase is completed, the buyer becomes the new owner. Cars don’t hold their value, but, over time, can offer many years of service and enjoyment.

If you are in the Phoenix Metro area and want a no-hassle cash offer on an old, wrecked, unwanted, salvage or burned car, SUV, van or truck, give us a call at I Buy Junk Cars 480-771-8290.

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