How to Sell a Privately Owned Auto in Florida

by Robert Lee ; Updated July 27, 2017
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Selling a privately owned car in Florida is usually simple and can be accomplished in a day. Some Florida car owners elect to sell their car on their own rather than trade it in through the dealer. Selling the car privately can often lead to the seller receiving more money for the car than through a trade-in. Before advertising the car determine its value by visiting a free car valuation site on the Internet (see Resources).

Step 1

Confirm that you own the car. You should have possession of the title if there are no loans or liens on the car. Any loan or lien must be satisfied before the car is sold. However, this can be accomplished as part of the transaction.

Step 2

Apply for a new title If you have lost or misplaced the original. Apply for a replacement at a local county tax collector office in Florida. Find an office near you by searching the database at the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (see Resources).

Step 3

Advertise the car for sale in Florida. List the car on free online classified sites attracting Florida residents and also market it through your social networks.

Step 4

Agree on a purchase price with a buyer. Accept payment in the form of cash or a cashier's check. Complete the transaction by filling out the Florida "Transfer of Title by Seller" section on the front of the title. Or meet the buyer at the office of your lender or lien holder if you still owe money on the car or a lien has not been cleared. In a separate transaction pay the money needed to satisfy the loan or lien. Then sign over the title to the new owner after accepting payment. Clear the loan or lien ahead of the sale if the lien holder is in another city.

About the Author

Robert Lee has been an entrepreneur and writer with a background in starting small businesses since 1974. He has written for various websites and for several daily and community newspapers on a wide variety of topics, including business, the Internet economy and more. He studied English in college and earned a Bachelor of Arts in liberal arts from Governor's State University.

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