When signing over the title & registration to a new buyer for an old vehicle – a 20 year old ‘beater’: How do I make sure the buyer registers it in his/her own name? In my state the plates stay with the vehicle. The new owner is supposed to register it with motor vehicles office. But if the current plate stickers are good for many months they might not bother. Especially if it’s a $500 car they are not sure will last.
When they buy the car, they’ll probably just hand me $500 in cash. I could use a signed contract with date and time. (I would need this information to show I’m not liable for future parking tickets.) However, do buyers really give their full name, address, phone and driver’s license number to the seller? Seems like the buyer would be worried that I might come steal the car from their address with a spare key I’ve kept. And maybe I (as the seller) don’t want the buyer knowing my address in case they are psycho and determined to get their money back after they’ve abused it. But my full name & address are already printed on the title & registration papers–crud!