Car Buying and Selling Regulations in Hawaii

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Buying or selling a vehicle in Hawaii is not as easy as buying or selling a ticket for a Hawaii match. You will need to take your time to research the best deal for you. You can use the internet to gather more information before you make the trip into the car dealership. Knowledge is power, and so you will be able to know the vehicle you are purchasing.

Savvy Buying Tips

  • Do plenty of research. There are thousands of magazines available for comparing prices, reliability and safety of vehicles. You have to read these magazines if you want the best deal.
  • Then there is the reliability of Internet. The internet is the best tool that can help you compare vehicle prices from different shops.
  • Apply various negotiation strategies to get the best deal. You can learn these strategies from the internet when you are doing your research.
  • If you fail to get the vehicle you want from the local dealers, you can import one from other countries. Don’t be pressured into buying any vehicle that you don’t want.
  • Compare various financing partners. It may save you tons of cash if you do your homework well.
  • If you get the best deal, analyze the contract closely to make sure all terms have been documented.
  • Order the vehicle history report of the car you are purchasing. This report contains detailed information about the vehicle accident history, damage and repair history, odometer readings and VIN.
  • Make sure you are aware of the value of the vehicle you are planning to purchase. There are several resources that you can use such as the National Auto Dealers Association (NADA) and the Kelley Blue Book website.
  • Get the necessary paperwork for vehicle registration and titling from the seller. You will need these documents to transfer the vehicle’s ownership to your name.

Buyer and Seller Ownership Transfer

The key to getting the best deal when buying a vehicle from an individual is knowledge. You should be equipped with enough information about the processes and paperwork involved. Obtain the title certificate from the seller. You will need this certificate to transfer vehicle ownership to your name. If the sellers fail to produce the title during the time of sale, don’t purchase that car even if it is the perfect deal. In fact it is a signal that the car was stolen or salvaged, and it will put you in trouble. If the title is missing, lost or damaged, ask the seller to obtain a duplicate copy at the county clerk’s office and give it to you.

Seller Responsibilities

  • Fill out and sign a bill of sale.
  • Sign the title certificate in the appropriate boxes.
  • Provide the buyer with the vehicle registration card.
  • Provide the buyer with the vehicle safety inspection certificate.
  • Complete and submit a Notice of Transfer form through mail within 10 days from the sale date. You can obtain these forms online if you are a resident in Honolulu County, Hawaii County or Hawaii City. If you live in Maui or Kauai, you will need to visit your local registration office in person to pick these forms. If you fail to take this initiative within 10 days, you will face up to $50 penalty.

Buyer Responsibilities

  • Before you sign the final contract, make sure there is no registration stopper on the vehicle.
  • Complete the buyer’s sections on the bill of sale and sign it.
  • Complete the buyer’s sections on the back of the title.
  • Obtain the safety inspection certificate and vehicle registration card from the seller.
  • Visit the nearest local county vehicle registration office within 30 days to register and title the car.
  • You will need to pay title transfer fee, which is normally $5-$10.
  • You also need to pay registration fees.
  • You must register your vehicle within 30 days from the purchase date, or you will face a penalty of up to $60.

Buying or Selling Without a Title

For information on how to buy or sell a vehicle without paperwork, get in touch with your local court registration customer representative.