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Sell Your Car in CT

To sell a car in Connecticut, you need to complete and sign the reverse side of the certificate of title and provide it to the new owner along with a bill of sale (Form H-31)

Connecticut DMV Bill of Sales H-31 Rev. 1-2017
Connecticut DMV Bill of Sales H-31 Rev. 1-2017

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Crazy J Cars, also known as The Buy Center of Enfield, offers a seamless and efficient process for selling your car. They provide an online valuation tool to help you get an estimate for your vehicle, making it easier to understand its potential value. Additionally, their services aim to make the car selling process trustworthy and hassle-free. While specific details about how they assist with obtaining a certificate of title are not available, their focus on providing a seamless and efficient car selling experience suggests that they may offer guidance and support throughout the entire selling process, including the necessary paperwork and documentation required for transferring ownership. 

The following information will summarize  how to sell your car in Connecticut.

What is the process for transferring ownership of a car in Connecticut?

To transfer ownership of a car in Connecticut, the process varies depending on whether you are buying, selling, gifting, or inheriting a vehicle. Here are the key steps for each scenario:

Transfer ScenarioStepsliability insuranceliability insurance
Selling a VehicleComplete the certificate of title and Bill of Sale as the seller. The buyer will complete these forms. If there was a lien on the vehicle, it must be paid in full, and the lien holder must supply a letter confirming the lien has been discharged.
Buying a VehicleThe seller will complete the certificate of title and Bill of Sale, and the buyer will sign as the buyer. The local CT DMV office will issue a new certificate of title in a few days.
Gifting a VehicleComplete the certificate of title and Bill of Sale as the seller, and the recipient will complete these forms. Additionally, complete a Motor Vehicle or Vessel Gift Declaration (Form AU-463)
Inheriting a VehicleIf the vehicle carries a Connecticut title, the executor or administrator of the estate must assign it to you. If there is no title, a completed Request for Report of Sale/Transfer of Non-Titled Motor Vehicle (Form Q-1) is required.
Deceased Immediate Family Member to Another Immediate Family MemberThe executor or administrator of the estate must assign the Certificate of Title to the purchaser. A list of acceptable probate court documents and registration requirements is needed.
Name Change on TitleIf there is a name change on the title, the original certificate of title must be presented, and the name change should be signed and shown on the backside of the title. If there is no title, a Supplemental Assignment of Ownership (Form Q-1) is required.

How can I transfer the vehicle title in Connecticut?

To transfer a vehicle title in Connecticut, the following steps are typically involved:

1. **Complete the Title Certificate**: If you are the seller, complete the certificate of title by signing and providing it to the buyer. If the vehicle is over 20 years old, no title is required[1].

2. **Supplemental Assignment of Ownership (Form Q-1)**: If the vehicle is non-titled, a completed Supplemental Assignment of Ownership (Form Q-1) is required for the transfer of ownership[4].

3. **Executor or Administrator Assignment**: If you are inheriting a vehicle that carries a Connecticut title, the executor or administrator of the estate must assign the title to you. If there is no title, a completed Request for Report of Sale/Transfer of Non-Titled Motor Vehicle (Form Q-1) is required[1][3].

4. **Name Change on Title**: If there is a name change on the title, the original certificate of title must be presented, and the name change should be signed and shown on the backside of the title. If there is no title, a Supplemental Assignment of Ownership (Form Q-1) is required[1][3].

5. **Lien Release**: If there is a lien holder on the title, a lien release letter must be provided for “transfer purposes only”[5].

6. **Application for Replacement Certificate of Title (Form H-6B)**: If the original title has been lost and you are selling the vehicle to a Connecticut resident, you can fill out the Application for Replacement Certificate of Title (Form H-6B) and include the Original Connecticut DMV Supplemental Assignment of Ownership Form (Q1 form)[5].

It’s important to note that the specific requirements may vary based on the circumstances, such as selling to an instate or out-of-state buyer, or transferring a vehicle from a deceased family member to another family member[1][3][4].

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Citations:
[1] https://www.dmv.org/ct-connecticut/title-transfers.php
[2] https://portal.ct.gov/dmv/vehicle-services/transfer-vehicle-ownership
[3] https://portal.ct.gov/Services/Driving-and-Transportation/Vehicle-Registration-And-Title/Transfer-Ownership
[4] https://portal.ct.gov/dmv/vehicle-services/vehicle-title-service/sell-vehicle-no-title
[5] https://portal.ct.gov/dmv/vehicle-services/replace-your-title

What documents are needed to sell a car in Connecticut?

DocumentDescription
Certificate of TitleThe seller needs to fill out and sign the back of the vehicle’s certificate of title, which will then be transferred to the new owner.
Bill of SaleA completed Connecticut bill of sale is required. It must include the names and addresses of both the seller and the buyer, vehicle details, selling price, and date of sale.
Supplemental Assignment of Ownership (Form Q-1)Required for the registration of non-titled vehicles, especially for vehicles over 20 years old that are non-titled.
Motor Vehicle or Vessel Gift Declaration (Form AU-463)If gifting a vehicle to a family member, this form needs to be completed in addition to the certificate of title and bill of sale.
Certificate Of Title Connecticut 1
Certificate Of Title Connecticut

These documents are essential for completing the sale of a vehicle in Connecticut.

1. Certificate of Title: Complete the reverse side of the title with the buyer’s name and address, buyer’s signature, your signature, odometer disclosure if the car is less than 10 years old, and rebuilt from salvage disclosure if needed[2][4].
2. Bill of Sale: Complete a Connecticut bill of sale (Form H-31) or draft your own, including the names and addresses of both you and the buyer, vehicle description, sales price, date of sale, and your signature[1][2][4].
3. Vehicle History Report: While not mandatory, providing a vehicle history report can enhance your credibility as a seller[2].
4. License Plates: Remove your license plates and cancel the registration with the DMV[2][4].

If the original Connecticut Certificate of Title has been lost, you can still sell the vehicle if the purchaser will be registering the vehicle in Connecticut and the vehicle is titled in your name[5]. If the vehicle is non-titled, the registration certificate is considered proof of ownership[5].

Citations:
[1] https://www.dmv.org/ct-connecticut/buy-sell/selling-your-car/paper-work-when-selling-a-car.php
[2] https://privateauto.com/blog/how-to-sell-my-car-in-connecticut
[3] https://www.autotrader.com/sell-car/in-CT
[4] https://portal.ct.gov/dmv/vehicle-services/sell-vehicle
[5] https://portal.ct.gov/dmv/vehicle-services/vehicle-title-service/sell-vehicle-no-title

How to obtain a certificate of title for a car in Connecticut

To obtain a certificate of title for a car in Connecticut, follow these steps:

1. Fill out the “Application for Replacement Certificate of Title” (Form H-6B) [2][3].
2. If a lien holder was listed on the original title, obtain a lien release from the lender[2].
3. Submit the completed form and any required documents to the Department of Motor Vehicles Specialized Registry Services in Wethersfield, CT, either in person or by mail[2].
– Address for mailing:
Department of Motor Vehicles Specialized Registry Services, 60 State St. Wethersfield, CT 06161.
4. If the vehicle is 20 years old or less, additional documentation may be required, such as a current Connecticut insurance ID card, legal documentation about a name change, and applicable title fees[2].
5. If the vehicle is non-titled, the registration certificate is considered proof of ownership[5].

It’s important to note that duplicate titles are only granted to owners on record, and if the vehicle is in your name and titled in Connecticut, you will need to complete and sign Form H6B and the Q-1 Form (Supplemental Assignment of Ownership) and provide them to the buyer of the vehicle[5].

Citations:
[1] https://www.cashforcars.com/title-information/connecticut/
[2] https://www.dmv.org/ct-connecticut/replacing-a-lost-title.php
[3] https://portal.ct.gov/dmv/vehicle-services/replace-your-title
[4] https://portal.ct.gov/dmv/vehicle-services/proof-of-vehicle-ownership
[5] https://portal.ct.gov/dmv/vehicle-services/vehicle-title-service/sell-vehicle-no-title

What is the difference between a certificate of title and a bill of sale in Connecticut?

In Connecticut, a certificate of title and a bill of sale serve different purposes in the process of transferring vehicle ownership.

– **Certificate of Title**: The certificate of title serves as proof of vehicle ownership and is required for most vehicles in Connecticut. It is needed when transferring ownership via sale, donation, or other means. The title must be properly assigned to the new owner, and if the original title has been lost, a replacement can be requested[1][3][5].

– **Bill of Sale**: A bill of sale is a legal document that certifies the transfer of ownership between a seller and a buyer. It includes details such as the names and addresses of both the new owner and seller, vehicle identification number (VIN), vehicle description, purchase price, purchase date, and signatures of both parties. While it provides proof of the transaction, it does not necessarily indicate total ownership of the vehicle. In Connecticut, a bill of sale is required when transferring ownership and must be completed by both the seller and the buyer[2][3][4].

In summary, the certificate of title serves as proof of ownership, while the bill of sale certifies the transfer of ownership between the seller and the buyer. Both documents are essential for completing the transfer of vehicle ownership in Connecticut.

Citations:
[1] https://www.dmv.org/ct-connecticut/title-transfers.php
[2] https://www.adobe.com/sign/hub/document-types/bill-of-sale-vs-title.html
[3] https://www.carregistration.com/blog/connecticut-dmv-title-transfer-guide/
[4] https://privateauto.com/blog/how-to-sell-my-car-in-connecticut
[5] https://portal.ct.gov/dmv/vehicle-services/vehicle-title-service/sell-vehicle-no-title

Can a bill of sale be used as proof of ownership in Connecticut?

In Connecticut, a bill of sale can be used as proof of ownership for certain types of property, including vehicles. While a bill of sale is not a title and does not replace a title transfer, it is an important document that records specific transaction details when buying or selling a used car[2][3]. The bill of sale is required for registering a car and is also useful for tax purposes or to protect the seller in case the buyer fails to register the vehicle or abandons it at a later date[2]. The bill of sale should include details such as the names and addresses of the buyer and seller, vehicle description, selling price, and date of sale[1][4][5].

Therefore, in Connecticut, a bill of sale can serve as proof of ownership and is an essential document when transferring ownership of a vehicle.

Citations:
[1] https://www.pandadoc.com/bill-of-sale-templates/connecticut-ct/
[2] https://www.dmv.org/ct-connecticut/bill-of-sale.php
[3] https://portal.ct.gov/dmv/vehicle-services/proof-of-vehicle-ownership
[4] https://portal.ct.gov/dmv/vehicle-services/get-bill-of-sale
[5] https://privateauto.com/blog/how-to-sell-my-car-in-connecticut

What is the difference between a bill of sale and a certificate of title in Connecticut?

In Connecticut, a bill of sale and a certificate of title serve different purposes in the process of transferring vehicle ownership.

– **Certificate of Title**: The certificate of title is a legal document that serves as proof of vehicle ownership. It is required for most vehicles in Connecticut and is essential for transferring ownership during a sale, donation, or other transactions. The title must be properly assigned to the new owner, and if the original title has been lost, a replacement can be requested[5].

– **Bill of Sale**: A bill of sale is a legal document that certifies the transfer of ownership between a seller and a buyer. It records specific transaction details when buying or selling a used car and includes information such as the names and addresses of the buyer and seller, vehicle description, selling price, and date of sale. While it provides proof of the transaction, it does not necessarily indicate total ownership of the vehicle. In Connecticut, a bill of sale is required when transferring ownership and must be completed by both the seller and the buyer[1][2][4].

In summary, the certificate of title serves as proof of ownership, while the bill of sale certifies the transfer of ownership between the seller and the buyer. Both documents are essential for completing the transfer of vehicle ownership in Connecticut.

Citations:
[1] https://www.dmv.org/ct-connecticut/bill-of-sale.php
[2] https://www.carregistration.com/blog/connecticut-dmv-title-transfer-guide/
[3] https://www.adobe.com/sign/hub/document-types/bill-of-sale-vs-title.html
[4] https://portal.ct.gov/DMV/Common-Elements/Template-V3/~/link.aspx?_id=A1453CA5D8B6443BA359A0BE33DA142A
[5] https://www.dmv.org/ct-connecticut/title-transfers.php

Prepare the Car

To prepare your vehicle for sale in Connecticut, you should follow these steps:

  1. Allow the Buyer to Have the Car Inspected: It’s advisable to allow the buyer to have the car inspected by a third party.
  2. Gather Vehicle Documentation: Organize and gather all related vehicle documentation, including the certificate of title and a bill of sale.
  3. Complete a Bill of Sale: Complete a Connecticut bill of sale, which can be drafted on your own as long as it contains specific information such as vehicle details, buyer and seller information, selling price, and date of sale.
  4. Transfer the Title: Complete and sign the reverse side of the certificate of title and provide it to the new owner along with the bill of sale.
  5. Remove License Plates and Cancel Registration: Remove your license plates and cancel the registration with the DMV once the vehicle sale is complete.

It’s important to ensure that all necessary paperwork is completed accurately and kept for your records. Additionally, providing a vehicle history report can enhance your credibility as a seller.