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Old 08-05-2009, 01:10 PM
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Buying a car (used) in NJ, titling it in PA?

I might be picking up a car this weekend. An amazing deal came up on something and i have no idea how the whole title transfer and stuff works.

The car is for sale in NJ and currently has NJ plates but i'm from PA and would be getting it titled/plated/insured in PA. What do i have to do? Obviously i can't just show up and drive off. What steps have to be taken before i can legally drive the car?
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Old 08-05-2009, 01:16 PM
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I'm assuming this is a private party sale. Jump on the PA MVDs website. They may have a way for you to electronically issue yourself a short-term (i.e. 3 days) temp permit for moving the vehicle from where you purchased it to make repairs and then to register. If not, the seller may be able to issue one in a similar fashion for out of state buyers. Then you just head down to the MVD with the title and run with it. I'm not sure how PA inspections work but I assume if it is like Jersey you will need to have the car inspected and emissioned first.

If it is a dealer sale, the dealer will issue you an out of state temporary plate good for 20 days.
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Old 08-05-2009, 01:35 PM
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Its a private sale. Thanks, i'll checkout the site now.

So basically, i register this thing, show up to pick up the car, take it back then get to a DMV within 3 days? (and i'd get it insured within those 3 days too)


EDIT: Found this: http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/pdotforms...ts/fs-toos.pdf

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Old 08-05-2009, 01:56 PM
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Its a private sale. Thanks, i'll checkout the site now.

So basically, i register this thing, show up to pick up the car, take it back then get to a DMV within 3 days? (and i'd get it insured within those 3 days too)


EDIT: Found this: http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/pdotforms...ts/fs-toos.pdf
I bought my car in Jersey. (live in PA). Got temp. tag from DMV. Had to show insurance binder or card to prove vehicle was insured. Registered it next day.
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Old 08-05-2009, 02:04 PM
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I bought my car in Jersey. (live in PA). Got temp. tag from DMV. Had to show insurance binder or card to prove vehicle was insured. Registered it next day.
So you went to the DMV with the new owner? Did you go to the NJ or PA DMV? Do they need the specific insurance card for that car? I don't think i can get the physical piece of paper soon enough.
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Old 08-05-2009, 02:15 PM
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So you went to the DMV with the new owner? Did you go to the NJ or PA DMV? Do they need the specific insurance card for that car? I don't think i can get the physical piece of paper soon enough.
I went to PA dmv. Brought a notarized signed copy of the title and a copy of the insurance card. My insurance company only needed a vin and they emailed me a temporary id card.
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Old 08-05-2009, 02:23 PM
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Old 08-06-2009, 10:22 AM
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Don't forget to activate insurance the morning of transaction to cover the car while you are driving it home...
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Old 08-06-2009, 10:26 AM
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Don't forget to activate insurance the morning of transaction to cover the car while you are driving it home...
Thanks, thats being taken care of now.
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Old 08-06-2009, 11:06 AM
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Congrats! Post some photos when you get her home.
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Old 08-06-2009, 11:24 AM
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Lol. Its not what you guys probably think it is. I can tell you however that i might be joining some of you on track at some point in the near future if it all works out...
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Congrats! Post some photos when you get her home.
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Old 08-06-2009, 05:20 PM
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Ok, so basically i would just exchange the money with the current owner, he would give me the title. I would then just go straight to the DMV, give them the PO's title. They would issue a new one in my name and then i'd be good? (not counting inspection + insurance. I'd have it insured before i went to pick it up)

Do i need any paperwork to show that the car has been sold to me or is it simply the fact that i now have the title?
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Old 08-06-2009, 06:09 PM
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Don't forget the sales tax!!!

gotta pay that when you transfer the title.

I think you want your seller to go with you. And easiest way? Go to a title shop/auto tag place (google "auto tag transfer PA") They do it while you wait, file all the papers, etc, costs a couple bucks, but insures that you get it done right, if you can avoid it, don't register in NJ and then re-register in PA. Don't want to pay taxes twice, do you? And I'm not sure that might not happen.

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Old 08-06-2009, 06:25 PM
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Problem is that the car is a long way from PA. Probably a good hour so it'd be a pain for us both to go all the way out there

Can i even get it titled in NJ if my primary residence is in PA?
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Old 08-06-2009, 10:25 PM
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I purchased a car in NJ and titled it at my PA address just a few months ago. If you can, have the buyer meet you at the nearest PA DMV and do the transaction there.

What I did was just drive the car from NJ stright to a PA DMV with an old set of plates I had laying around, but I don't reccomend that if you're the type to always expect the worst since if you get pulled over they can tow it.

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Old 08-06-2009, 10:28 PM
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Like i said, he's a long way into NJ. Not really any PA DMV's near him. Is that the only option?

I was gonna slap the plates from my current car on it and drive it straight to the DMV myself?



Maybe i'll just take the hit and title it in NJ first? Can i do that if i'm a PA resident?
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Old 08-07-2009, 07:19 AM
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Old 08-07-2009, 10:31 AM
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Does PA requre title transfers to be notarized?
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Old 08-10-2009, 08:03 AM
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