Can you tell me how to sell a car in Washington?

My wife wants to sell her 2004 Nissan Altima so she can get something newer. How do we sell a car in Washington state?

New cars are always exciting! There are some steps your wife can follow, so the sale of her old car goes smoothly and follows Washington’s requirements.
First, remove the license plates on the vehicle. These will stay with your wife; not removing her license plate could result in your wife being held responsible for anything the new owner does.
To sell the vehicle, you will need to gather some information from it. This includes:
  • License plate number
  • Sale Price
  • Date of sale/transfer of ownership
  • VIN
  • Vehicle’s title
Having this information compiled in one place will make filling out the required forms much quicker and easier.
After the car is ready, the time comes for the documentation. To register the car, the buyer will need:
  • Bill of Sale
  • Title signed by your wife and the buyer
  • Odometer reading
  • Report of Sale
All of these forms are on the DMV website, along with any additional documents or requirements.
If your wife is getting a new car, consider reviewing her car insurance policy as well. The type of vehicle you drive can impact your insurance rates. To find the best rates and coverage, try the Jerry app. Jerry generates free quotes from over 50 of the nation’s leading providers in minutes!
Happy selling to your wife!
Matthew Macgugan
Answered on Nov 08, 2021

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