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Got a reply from the DMV

Posted by ELaw [Email] (#699) [Profile/Gallery] (more from ELaw) on Tue, 24 Sep 2019 11:18:52 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Selling old car to out-of-state buyer, ELaw [Profile/Gallery] , Sun, 22 Sep 2019 07:43:01
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So I contacted my friendly local DMV (called "RMV" - Registry of Motor Vehicles in Mass.) and asked them this question.

Their response, edited a bit:
"Thank you for the information. Once you have signed the title over to the buyer, and cancelled your ##### plate (a.k.a. cancelling your registration), you are no longer liable for the vehicle... Before they take possession of the vehicle, you will want to make sure you remove your current plates from the car (the ##### plate) and take the certificate of registration out of the glovebox. The buyer can then affix their new plates to the vehicle and drive away, at which point you can cancel your registration (the ##### plate) online, or at an RMV service center, and either dispose of the plates or keep them as a souvenir.

If you are selling this vehicle to an out-of-state buyer, who will be using a flatbed to transport it out of MA, as long as you remove the ##### plate before you sell the car, and sign over the title to the buyer, you will not be liable for the vehicle. The buyer does not have to register nor title the vehicle ahead of time since they are using a flatbed to transport it out of MA. Once the car is sold, you can cancel your registration (the ##### plate) online or in person at an RMV service center."

So they're saying that in MA liability for the vehicle is tied more to the registration than the title.

The question now is, do I believe them? Even without the car being registered, it seems like there's going to be a record in a computer somewhere that I hold title to the car, and simply signing the title and handing it to the buyer isn't going to change that.

->Posting last edited on Tue, 24 Sep 2019 11:19:29.

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