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How to Sell a Car in Texas

How to Sell a Car in Texas

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 02, 2019

What’s the saying; everything’s bigger in Texas? Well we have some good news for all used car owners in the star-state; the legal process in Texas to sell a car doesn’t come with a big hassle. As a matter-of-fact, to sell a car in Florida, Alabama, SC, Colorado, Georgia, or across America for that matter, is pretty much the same without a lot of hoops. Any unique bumps in the road will be small ones. Yep we buy cars anywhere in the Continental U.S. Keep reading to learn how to sell a car in Texas.

Whether you live in the Zapata or Dallas area, it works the same. It’s simple; you just fill out some paperwork and hand it to the nice person behind the counter.

Make Sure You Prep

Make sure you’re prepared and have thought of everything before the day you sell your car.

  • Get a high instant cash offer first.
  • The law in Texas mandates a vehicle be insured at the time of the sale, so make sure your insurance policy is current.
  • The seller has a legal responsibility to insure the car for the first 30-days after it’s sold – do NOT forget to work with your carrier to set the termination date.
  • You’ll need the title
  • If you've lost the title, you'll need to complete Form VTR-34, Application for a Certified Copy of Title, at your local Department of Motor Vehicles or online via the Texas DMV's website. The application requires a signed lien release – if there’s not one currently on record, an ID, and there’s a fee ranging from $2 to $5.45.

Title Transfer

Once you have some of the paperwork finished, you guessed, there’s more paperwork. Texas law requires the transfer of the title over to the new owner within one month from the date the car was sold. Failing to do this could cause you to be held accountable for tickets, toll violations, and crimes committed with the vehicle. To prevent this and release yourself from all liability, you must file a Texas Vehicle Transfer Notification – Form 130-U.

Now the title comes into play. You’ll see a section where the owner (you) signs the car over to the new owner.

  • Complete the required sections being sure to include the date of sale, the sale price, and an accurate odometer reading.
  • Once filled out, signed, and you have the cash from the sale in your hands, give it to the buyer.
  • For extra security, include a signed copy of Form 130-U.

Bill of Sale Optional

Part of knowing how to sell a car in Texas, is knowing what the law does and does not require. In the case of a bill of sale it’s not required by law to provide the buyer with one, but if you do:
  • include your contact info
  • put the VIN on it, make, model, and model year
  • the car’s ownership history
  • the purchase amount
  • and signatures from the seller and the buyer

How is it done? Well, from your couch of course!

  • Get your instant cash offer.
  • Fill out our short form.
  • Sit back for a short time and one of our friendly agents will call you with the next steps.
  • This is exactly how you can sell your car quick to us; and if you still have a bank note on it, we’ll tell you how to sell a car with a lien. We buy cars in Texas constantly and if you need a little help through the process, we’ll take you right through it step-by-step. So when you’re thinking, “sell my car”, think Car Buyer USA. We make it easy to sell a car in Texas.

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