What to Do After Buying a Used Car: 6 Vital Things to Remember

January 30th, 2020 by

If you’re wondering what to do after buying a used car, look no further.

Buying a used car is a great investment for anyone that doesn’t want to break the bank. Whether you’re buying it for yourself or a child, you’ll be able to save a ton of money. However, there are several things you’ll need to do before you can take it on the road.

When it comes to buying used cars, you typically have to do the paperwork yourself. Even when you buy one from a dealership, you’ll still have to take a trip to the DMV. We’ve put together this list to help anyone that just bought a used car or is thinking about buying one.

Read on to learn about 6 vital things to do when buying a used car.


1. Title Transfer and Registration

One of the first things you’ll need to do when you buy a used car is getting it properly registered. Whenever you buy a used car from a dealership, such as Viking Motors, they’ll typically help you throughout the process.

To get your vehicle registered, you’ll need to visit the DMV. There is some paperwork to fill out, which a dealership can provide you, and you’ll receive plates within 2-3 weeks. When it comes to buying from a private seller, you’ll need to get the paperwork from the DMV.

There are some things you should take care of before registering it:

  • Get the title in your name
  • Complete an emissions test
  • Complete a vehicle safety inspection
  • Show proof of insurance
  • Show several forms of ID
  • Provide proof of your address

There are some cases where you won’t have the title before registering, such as when you’re financing a vehicle. In this case, you won’t receive the title until you’ve completely paid the vehicle off.

When you transfer the title, you’ll need to bring the current title and an invoice for the sale. After you’ve received your registration information, be sure to keep it in your vehicle and store your title in a safe place at home.


2. Used Car Sales Tax

Anyone that buys a used car will need to pay a sales tax. When buying from a dealership, they’ll include the tax within your bill. If you’re buying from a private seller, you need to make the calculations on your own.

You can use a calculator to determine how much you’ll have to pay.


3. Insurance

After registration and paying taxes, one of the most important steps after buying a car is getting it insured. It’s never a good idea to drive without insurance, even a short distance because you’ll be responsible for paying damages if you’re held liable in an accident.

Dealerships usually enforce their buyers to show proof of insurance before they take the vehicle off the lot. However, anyone buying from a private seller may not be aware that they need insurance. If you can get the VIN, you can get insurance on the vehicle you’re buying.

Everyone that gets insurance must pay for minimum liability. This means that you’ll be paying for a plan that covers $25k for each injury in an accident. There are a variety of insurance options to choose from, so you’ll have to customize them to your liking.


4. Bill of Sale

A bill of sale is essentially a way to prove that you’ve bought the vehicle. These are provided to you after you’ve finalized the transaction and will show information about the vehicle, including the price, buyer’s name, seller’s name, and fees relating to the vehicle.

You’ll need to bring a bill of sale with you when you register the vehicle. The same bill of sale will be used when a provincial agency calculates how much you’ll pay for the sales tax.


5. Temporary Tags

Temporary tags will also be necessary after buying the vehicle. Because you have to wait for permanent tags to come in, temporary tags will be used during the time that you’re waiting. These can cost anywhere between $7-10 depending on where you live.

Most dealerships will offer 30-day tags so that you have time to get everything organized. Should you get pulled over by a police officer after buying the vehicle, explain to them that you’ve just bought the vehicle and will be getting tags. They’ll be more than likely to let you go without hesitation.


6. Take the Car to a Mechanic

While many people wonder what to do when buying a used car, they usually forget about getting a full car service. Getting your car looked at by a professional is crucial because it will save you from a lot of hassle in the future.

This is something that you should do before finalizing the transaction, but get it looked at immediately if you’ve already bought the vehicle. They’ll be able to point out any problems if any and tell you how much it would cost to replace parts.


Now You Know What to Do After Buying a Used Car

No one should buy a used car without knowing these 6 vital things because they’ll end up dealing with a load of problems later. If you don’t follow these steps, you could potentially get scammed, lose your license, and get taken to court if you get into an accident.

Providing that you follow everything on this list, you’ll know what to do after buying a used car. The car will be fully registered, in your name, and legal to drive. Start by doing a title transfer and getting registration whenever you buy a car so that you can ensure it belongs to you before doing other things.

Contact us to learn more about our used car inventory. We have a variety of options to choose from.

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