When buying or selling a new or used car in Minnesota, there is a lot to think of than just the price or type of car. You’ll need to think about the taxes you’ll need to pay, car insurance policy, the registration and titling fees you’ll owe and any inspection that you may need to do. If you are a buyer, you also need to complete all the required paperwork for registering and titling your newly purchased vehicle in your name. This will help you avoid any problem with the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) in New Jersey.

Selling a Vehicle in New Jersey

You need to remove the license plates from the vehicle that you have sold. You can then transfer them to another vehicle that you may purchase or return them to the MVC agency, Regional Service Center or the nearest inspection station. You also need to provide the buyer with a title signed over to their name and the bill of sale. Include the odometer reading on the back of the title or in a separate paper. The buyer will need these documents in order to register and title the vehicle in his or her name. A bill of sale will serve as proof of sale when the buyer presents his application to the registration center. Additionally, you will need to inform your insurance provider to cancel your insurance or transfer it to another vehicle that you had purchased. You will also need to inform the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission of the sale. For information about selling a vehicle, contact the nearest MVC office in New Jersey.

Handling After-Sale Issues

After selling your vehicle, you may receive a parking ticket on license plates which belongs to the new owner who purchased your car. If this is the case, you should:

  • Obtain a copy of the original ticket from the county that issued it.
  • Write a letter to the county informing them that the license plates are no longer yours. Include in your letter your driver’s license number and your new license plates.
  • Send the above package, the summons and a copy of the ticket to address below: Motor Vehicle Commission Customer Advocacy Office P.O. Box 403 Trenton, NJ 08666

The MVC will conduct a search of the license plate number and send a letter showing the results of the search. You may then use that information to resolve the issue.

Buying a Vehicle in New Jersey

When you purchase a vehicle from a private party in New Jersey, you will need to handle all the required paperwork for vehicle registration and titling on your behalf. You will need to obtain a signed-off title from the seller. You will also need to sign it, but first you have to ensure all the information in the title is correct. You will then need to take the title, proof of insurance and a sales tax form to your local New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission agency to register and title the vehicle in your name. You will be required to pay $60 title transfer fee and 7% sales tax if applicable.

Buying or Selling a Vehicle without a Registration

Registration papers are not needed when buying or selling a vehicle in New Jersey. It is the responsibility of buyers to register their newly bought vehicles in their names.

Buying or Selling a Vehicle without a Title

You cannot purchase or sell a vehicle without a title. If you are a buyer, you need a title from the seller in order to register and title the vehicle in your name. If the title is missing or damaged, ask the seller or dealer to apply for a duplicate title and sign it over to you before selling the vehicle.