The Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division (DMV) have provided guidelines that make the process of selling and buying vehicles simpler and easier. As a buyer, you must obtain all the required paperwork from the seller in order to register and title the car in your name. As a seller, you also need to notify the Oregon DMV that you have sold the vehicle. This has to be done within 10 days of the sale. Oregon’s DMV has a site for complaints from sellers about scrupulous dealers. If you strongly feel you have a complaint against your vehicle dealer or buyer, submit a completed Form 6504 (Request for Investigation). However, the Oregon DMV doesn’t deal with the following complaints from dealers:

  • Car bought from dealers with mechanical problems.
  • Car bought from dealers that did not pass emission testing.
  • Car bought from dealers that has been totaled and reconstructed.
  • Car bought from dealers with questionable mileage.
  • Contract and financing issues.
  • Problems regarding deposit with dealer.

Any of the above complaints should be reported to the Department of Justice.

Buying a Vehicle in Oregon

When buying a vehicle in Oregon, you need to go through the normal vehicle registration process using the title obtained from the seller. The foiling are steps to follow when transferring the title in your name with the sale of the vehicle:

  • Fill out Form 515 (Application for Replacement Title). Make sure the current owner and previous owners have signed this form.
  • Complete Form 226 (Application for Title and Registration) and ensure it has information about the new owner.
  • If applicable, provide release of interest from the previous owner(s).
  • Provide the Statement of Lien Satisfaction (Form 524) or the bill of sale.

These are standard documentation required when selling or buying a new car. For used vehicles, the DMV advises buyers to take great caution when dealing with vehicles with trip permits. If you live in Medford and Portland areas, you may take your newly purchased vehicle to the nearest DEQ station to have it inspected on possible emissions. Your newly purchased vehicle has to pass emission testing in order to register and title it in your name.

Buying a Vehicle without a Title

It is illegal to sell or purchase a vehicle without a title. It is therefore the responsibility of the seller to provide the buyer with the title. However, if you have bought a vehicle that is not subject to odometer disclosure requirements, you can apply for a new title even if the seller didn’t provide the title.

Buying a Vehicle without a Registration

In Oregon, you can purchase a car without registration papers. However, it is your responsibility to register the car with the DMV.

Selling a Vehicle

When selling a vehicle in Oregon, you must provide the buyer with the title. A typical title contains two sections on the back: for buyers and sellers. These two sections must be signed by the seller and the buyer. For older titles, the heading may be “new owners” or “registered owners”. Therefore, multiples signatures are required for multiple sellers and buyers. You also need to provide the buyer with the bill of sale. This document is required when registering and titling the car in your name. A bill of sale can also be used to show proof of vehicle purchase. Sellers are required to notify Oregon Department of Motor Vehicle within 10 days of selling the vehicle. They can do online or submit Form 6890 (Notice of Sale or Transfer of a Vehicle) to the nearest Oregon DMV office using the following address: Oregon DMV 1905 Lana Ave NE Salem, OR 97314

Selling a Vehicle without a Title

Generally, you need a title to complete the vehicle sale. But certain exceptions may apply on some vehicles with many years. If you don’t have a title and you plan to sale your vehicle, contact the Oregon DMV for directions.

Selling a Vehicle without a Registration

Registration papers are not required when selling your vehicle. However, these papers may be required by buyers when checking the legitimacy of tags.