Buying a car, new or used, is an exciting purchase because it might be that new upgrade you finally needed, or it could be your first car that allows you to hit the open road. No matter what the purpose is, it’s going to be a big celebration when you finally get behind the wheel, but only when you get everything sorted and registered.
Part of owning a new car that isn’t so glamorous is the amount of paperwork you need to commit to. There are plenty of things to remember, but registration is one of the most important. It doesn’t have to take a long time, so here are some things to remember on speeding up the vehicle registration process and making it easier.
Registering a Vehicle Online
Thanks to the internet you can now register your new car online. This saves time going down to your DMV or dealership and waiting in line or waiting for an appointment. Following the proper vehicle compliance measures is necessary as a car owner which means you have to get it registered, but luckily online registration is getting much easier. Doing it from the comfort of your home saves plenty of time.
Buying a Vehicle at a Dealership
If you don’t mind spending the extra money to get one new, then buying it from a dealership is a good way to make sure that your registration process goes by smoothly. They will handle most of the heavy lifting when it comes to the paperwork which saves you a lot of time. The downside of purchasing a car from a dealership is, of course, that you will be spending much more because it’s new, in most cases. You can still buy pre-owned vehicles from a dealer but this might not be your choice option if you want to be sure that you’re the first one behind the wheel to get as much mileage out of it as possible.
Buying a Vehicle from a Private Seller
If you’re looking to avoid the dealership fees or new cars and plan on buying from someone privately, you need to consider how much of the paperwork you’ll need to do yourself. You can ask the seller if this is your first time and they might be able to help you out, or you can ask friends and family. It’s still good to know that if you are planning to buy a car used from a private seller, that a lot of the effort falls on your plate.
Who to Contact
When buying a vehicle that requires you to fill out the forms yourself, like from a private seller, it’s valuable information to know who you’ll need to contact. The DMV is the first and foremost source of information as this is their responsibility. You can call your local DMV or go down, but it’s also warned that you may be waiting for some time in person, or even on hold for a call. This is why online registration is so useful, but some states don’t allow online vehicle registration. Still, the DMV are the people to contact to get the forms and information for filling out a registration.
Proper Documents and Information to Compile
It’s also a good idea to be on top of the information and have it already compiled so that when it comes to registering, you’re not twiddling your thumbs claiming you didn’t know what to do. You will need the model and VIN number of the vehicle, your driver’s license, title certificate, proof of sale, proof of auto insurance, and purchase price information. All of this, when organized before you do it online or go in, will make the process exceedingly quick.
Renewing a Registration
If you’re looking to renew a registration, it’s much faster than a first-time vehicle registration. You can do this online or in-person, but you’ll be provided paperwork to fill out with some recurring info on the vehicle, like the VIN number, plate number, and some personal information. Once you find your car, you can simply pay online and receive a receipt in the email or the print, and your car is now successfully re-registered.
Buying a vehicle is fun but the unexciting part is the paperwork you’re going to need to fill out. When buying a car, registration is one of the most important parts, and these tips will help you get it done easier and faster.