Selling A Car: What to Look For In A Contract
If the time has come to sell your car (or buy a new one), you'll of course want to make sure you're getting the best deal possible, whether you're working with a dealer or a private party. But beyond that, you'll want to make sure that you have a valid contract in place that protects all parties involved.
Here's what should be included in any contract regarding the sale of a vehicle:
Description of the parties involved. Both buyer and seller should include their names and addresses, as well as driver's license numbers (if required by the state in which you reside).
Description of the vehicle. This can be as simple as the year, make, model and VIN. Make sure you enter the VIN correctly, as all records of the vehicle are attached to that number.
Terms. Is the car still under warranty? Is the seller agreeing to fix up any part of the vehicle as a condition of the sale? Is the car being sold "as-is"? Has the seller disclosed all problems with the vehicle, in writing? Who will notify the DMV about the transaction?
Payment. There may be a lump sum payment, or the buyer and seller may agree to an installment plan. Either way, the details need to be included explicitly in the contract.
Signatures. Both buyer and seller need to sign and date the contract. If the state in which you reside requires it, or if you would just like it for your own protection, you can get the form notarized.
And remember, if you have any doubts about what you're signing, consult a lawyer.
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