Buying a car from a friend in Ohio. How does this all work? Title and registration?

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  1. SamIchi macrumors 68030

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    My friend is from Cali, and I'm from NY, but we both goto school in Ohio. I'm taking his old car which he had bought in Ohio. I've read online about how to transfer titles and registration, but I also want it to be registered in NY, because that's where my license is. I guess in Ohio, you need an Ohio license to drive an Ohio registered car, and I don't plan on changing my state license.

    Any information would be helpful.
     
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    Should be able to use your (parents?) residence in NY and register with their DMV/DPS. I would imagine you would need to get it inspected in NY to get emissions (assuming it's the same as in TX) and they would mail you some plates to your parents (or whatever) house.
     
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    I dont understand. I thought this was a site for MAC and APPLE rumors and forums and latest news. . . Not tips on how to buy a damn car!!
     
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    Notice what it says under "Community Discussion"...
     

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  5. SamIchi thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I was planning on driving it back to NY to get checked anyways, but as far as trasferring the title, can I do that in NY? Or does that have to be done in Ohio, cause it's registered here?

    Mac Community :)
     
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    And, dammit, we're the smartest there is. :D
     
  7. yg17 macrumors G5

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    I would recommend your friend call the Ohio DMV to find out what he has to do as a seller, and you call the NY DMV to find out what you have to do as a buyer. Buying a used car in the same state can be confusing enough sometimes, but now throwing a second state and another set of automotive titling laws and requirements into the mix just makes it worse. The DMV would be able to tell you exactly who needs to do what.
     
  8. nizz macrumors regular

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    honestly, the easiest thing to do is change your license....

    no clue why you're so against that
     
  9. 87vert macrumors 6502

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    Your friend should just have to sign the title and you take it back to NY and get it registered. You will have to pay taxes on whatever the sold price was or blue book value. And then get it inspected. I would get it insured before driving it to NY though.

    The state it is coming from doesn't matter only where it is going to be registered. I would call the NY DMV or check their website for all the proper forms / costs.

    In PA an out of state transfer is easier than an in-state. In state transfers you both have to go to the DMV and do the transfer there. It is so dumb. So I always buy out of state :)
     
  10. gonyr macrumors 6502

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    I live in New York, and have done this before (buying cars from out of state). Assuming the rules haven't changed too much in the past 5 years:

    First, you purchase the car and get the title signed over to you - get a bill of sale. Then you need to go to your insurance agent and get the car insured. After that, you can take the title and the proof of insurance to the DMV. You will have to pay the sales tax and request a title. They will give you a registration, plates, and a temporary inspection sticker. Back to Ohio to put the plates, registration and temporary inspection on the car, then you can drive it back to NY. You have ten days on the temporary inspection to get it actually inspected in New York for safety and emissions (although I once drove around for several months with the 10-day inspection - just don't get pulled over;)). Also, if there are any liens on the car (they would probably be on the title), you will need proof that they are cleared.

    Of course, if it's a good friend you're buying it from, it would probably save a lot of trouble to just invite them to NY for a short vacation and get everything done without having to go back and forth. Or, you could leave the old plates and registration on it and take your chances driving it back before you register/insure/inspect it.
     
  11. SamIchi thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Thanks for the replies. He just left Ohio, can I still get the title signed over if he's out of the state? Or do we need to be both present at the time? I'm not sure how that works.
     

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