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How To Sell A Car in Maine While Following All Regulations

How To Sell A Car in Maine While Following All Regulations

Have you been searching for guidelines on how to sell a car in Maine? Are you confused as to what to do and what documents need to be filled out? Do you feel stressed and lost with all that needs to be done?

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If you’ve been looking for how to sell a car in Maine privately, we’re here to help! We invite you to read over our steps and tips that will help you stay organized with all documents, fees and details for a successful sale of your Maine car! Also, don't forget to visit the Bureau of Motor Vehicles for more on how to sell your car in Maine!

Getting a Handle on Guidelines

In order to successfully sell a vehicle privately in Maine, you are required to provide your buyer with the vehicle's official title as well as a bill of sale.

Your bill of sale must include the vehicle's selling price and odometer reading. It’s important to note that the state of Maine will not allow transfer of vehicle ownership, if a lien is listed on the title.

If it is proven that the lien has been paid, then the title can be transferred, but this must be indicated on the title.

How To Sell A Car in Maine and The Car Title

When selling a car in Maine, you as the seller must be fully transparent, straightforward and honest. You may find it helpful to post a Used Vehicle Buyer's Guide on your car's window, although this is only required for vehicles that are sold at dealerships. You having a Used Vehicle Buyer’s Guide for your private sale, will show buyers you are a serious seller. Additionally, it will provide potential buyers with the following:

  • Prior history of use
  • Make, model, and year of the car.
  • Any and all major as well as minor mechanical problems, even if they have been repaired.
  • Any and all damage caused by collision, fire or flood, that have resulted in high repair costs.

Required Documents to Sell a Car in Maine

Required Documents to Sell a Car in Maine

In order to sell your car in Maine, you as the seller will need the following:

  1. Bill of Sale
  2. Car certificate of title
  3. Odometer information and reading, which is Form MVT-32

It’s important to mention that both the bill of sale and the odometer information are optional, if they have been outlined and addressed in the car’s certificate of title.

How to Sell Your Car Privately in Maine and Needing a Duplicate Car Title

If your original car tile is missing, damaged or stolen, you must apply for a duplicate vehicle car title or a certificate of salvage.

To do this, you must complete  a Request to Re-issue a Certificate of Title, which is Form MVT-8) There is a $33 fee. If you need the duplicate car title fast, you can pay for expedited shipping and processing by paying an additional $10 fee.

Additionally, you must sign our application and either mailed or taken to your local BMV or Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles office, in person. Click here to obtain additional information.

What Do I Need to Transfer a Car Title in Maine?

What Do I Need to Transfer a Car Title in Maine?

To transfer a car title here in Maine, the seller must offer an original title that is free of a lien holder listed on it. If there is a lien is listed, then you have no business selling a car.

With a visit to the Maine DMV, the following is needed to complete the title transfer process:

  • The original title.
  • Odometer reading.
  • Your driver’s license.
  • Proof of insurance.
  • Proof of payment of excise tax.
  • Money for the title transfer fee.

How To Sell a Car in Maine with no Car Title

We’ll begin this section with two words… you can’t. Here in Maine, it is actually illegal to sell a car without a car title.

Therefore, selling a car and there is no car title with the car, makes the purchase null and void.

If you purchased the vehicle from another state, you must then call the Title Unit in Augusta and find out what kind of additional VIN searches, fees and surety bonds might be required for a Maine car title.

What About the Title Transfer Form?

Once you have obtained the DMV title transfer form, there some areas on the form that you should pay close attention to.

If they are filled out incorrectly, or your information is missing, your application could be returned to you and go unprocessed. This of course, could hold up the sale of your car. Check out some specific points that can help you have a rejected title transfer form:

  1. Be sure that the Vehicle Identification Number or the VIN on the original matches the number on your application, precisely!
  2. Check to see if the odometer reading matches the section on the back of the original car title as well as on the application.
  3. Do all names and addresses of buyers and sellers on the original title match those filled out on the application? They should!
  4. Is the purchase price a match on both documents? It should be!

If you are not sure about any aspect or any section of your application, then it is important that you ask the clerk at the BMV, as opposed to guessing.

In many instances if you alter anything on the application, or the original car title, you could have invalid paperwork and have to go through different channels to get those matters corrected.

Selling a Car in Maine and Understanding the Bill of Sale

If you want to register a vehicle here in Maine, then a Bill of Sale is required.

Your Bill of Sale is a legal contract from the vehicle seller to the buyer that shows proof of the transaction.

The Bill of Sale will be required to prove ownership if there is no car title, and to formulate applicable sales tax, which must be paid before a registration can be issued.

Your Bill of Sale must include:

  1. Name and address of the seller.
  2. Name and address of the buyer.
  3. A description of the vehicle description, which includes the VIN, year, make and model of the car.
  4. The odometer reading at the time of sale
  5. Purchase price or the amount of the car sale.
  6. The date of the sale.
  7. Signature of the vehicle seller.
  8. Need a generic Bill of Sale? Click here!

At the time of this post,  Bill of Sale does not need a notary.

How to Sell Your Car Privately with No Hassles

Selling a car privately can be a tremendous feat, but it doesn’t have to be. You as the seller, must establish some ground rules for dealing with buyers. So, let’s explore some of them.

  1. If you are firm on your price, say so. This is your vehicle!
  2. Are you able to negotiate the price of your car? Let potential car buyers know!
  3. Be sure to be safe at all times. If anyone or anything makes you feel uncomfortable, quit it and leave immediately!

Preparing for The Sale of Your Car

Getting your car ready for sale is a task. First you have to let Maine buyers know you have a car for sale. You may want to use word of mouth. You may even want to post flyers at local boards at local colleges. Lots of students are looking for cars!

Then, you have to get some “for sale” signs and stick them on the car, so buyers can see you have a car for sale. You may also consider positioning your car so that folks can see it as well as the “for sale” signs you stick in the window of the car.

Soon, you’ll have people interested in buying your car. You’ll get some phone calls and you have to be ready to talk about your car.

Always remember to remain pleasant and polite to buyers. This is especially important after you have kept saying the same things about your car. For example, you have told at least 10 people on any given day, that your car has new tires. It is old information to you, but to a new buyer, it’s brand new information they are keeping in mind about your car.

Preparing Your Car for Sale

Regardless of the kind of car you are selling, you want it to look its best at all times. So, here are some tips to help get a fast sale of your car!

  1. A Car Wash. Think of how you feel after you get your car washed and vacuumed. You feel great! Such is the case for your used car you want to sell. So, keep your car washed as much as possible. After a rain, try to wipe it down and make it look as presentable as possible. Don’t forget to vacuum and shampoo the car mats too. Folks love a clean car.
  2. Fixes and Repairs. If your car has some dents or “dings” in it, get those fixed! If there are major repairs you don’t want to fix, be sure to include any damages in your car selling pitch and reflect that damage in your price. Just because your car is damaged, doesn’t mean it won’t sell. Lots of car buyers make fixing a car a hobby!


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