Whether you live in Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, Southeast, or South Central Kansas, if you are thinking about privately selling your used car or truck, you’ve come to the right place. With almost 1 million registered trucks and cars in the state of Kansas, it’s no wonder that thousands of private vehicle sellers from the Sunflower State have used Autotrader to sell their car. Below, we’ve outlined the four steps and forms required for how to sell a car in the state of Kansas so you can sell your car quickly for the most cash.
Remember, most states consider the vehicle title a legal document, so the legal names (no nicknames) of both parties involved should be used, along with legible handwriting using black or blue ink. Mistakes, errors, and using White-Out may void the document so be careful and take your time filling it out.
Step 1: Allow the buyer to have the car inspected by a third party
Step 2: Organize and gather all related vehicle documentation
Step 3: Transfer the title
Step 4: Remove your plates and cancel your insurance
Many vehicle shoppers who buy a car privately pay for a pre-purchase vehicle inspection conducted by a qualified and licensed auto mechanic of their choosing. Although the buyer pays for this inspection, the seller and buyer must agree on when and where the inspection is to be held. If the inspection does find any issues with the car, it is a good idea for you as the seller to keep the report for your records. Kansas does not require this inspection and doesn’t have any forms that need to be filled out, but it’s a good idea for the buyer to have the inspection performed prior to the purchase.
Find all maintenance records, the owner’s manual and other paperwork related to the vehicle. If you can provide the buyer with extensive and detailed maintenance records, this will help provide the buyer with confidence that you’ve maintained the car in a proper and regular manner. You may even want to consider including a vehicle history report from a service like CarFax or AutoCheck.
The most important document when selling a car is the certificate of title. If there is a lien on the title (usually this means the owner owes money on the car), the lienholder must release interest in the vehicle before the car is sold. This can be achieved either by the seller paying off the car or by the lienholder providing a letter of lien release. If you can’t pay off the car, then a lien release statement from your lienholder must be submitted to the DMV. This can be a notarized lien release, a letter from the lien holder releasing the lien, or form TR-150.
Some states require a bill of sale for a private vehicle transaction, but Kansas is not one of them. While a bill of sale isn’t required, it’s always a good idea to have one. The official Kansas bill of sale document is form TR-312, which does not need to be notarized.
If the vehicle’s title has been lost, stolen or badly damaged, you can get a replacement/duplicate Kansas title by filling out form TR-720B. With that form filled out plus a $10 fee you can get a duplicate title by filing the form by mail or in person at your local county treasurer’s office.
When selling a car privately in Kansas, the buyer and the seller both need to fill out the relevant sections on the back of the title. This information includes the legal name, address, and signature of the buyer and the seller(s) along with the date of the sale, the odometer reading, and the purchase price. When this is filled out accurately and legibly, it makes it easy for the buyer to transfer registration and acquire a new plate. If there is more than one owner showing on the title, the following number of signatures will be required based on the connection between the names: And – All persons listed must sign. Or – Either person can sign, only one signature required. If no connection listed, it will default to ‘and’ and all owners (sellers) must sign.
After this process is complete, you need to fill out form TR-216 with information on the buyer, the seller, and the vehicle being sold and send it to the address on the form with a $10 fee. This is the Seller’s Notification of Sale. This needs to be filed with your local county treasurer to determine when a vehicle has been sold and delivered but ownership has not been transferred to the new owner.
If you’re wondering about gifting a car to a relative, you can follow the same process that is outlined below to transfer the title. For inheriting a car, it’s mostly the same process, but you’ll need to file documentation of the inheritance with the county along with the title of the vehicle in question.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) odometer disclosure requirements were updated in December 2020 impacting certain private vehicle sales in Kansas: For a vehicle transfer that occurs from January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2030, any vehicle of model year 2011 or newer (2012, 2013, etc.) will require an odometer disclosure. Starting on January 1, 2031, any vehicle that is less than 20 model years old will require an odometer disclosure. Previously, the NHTSA required disclosure was for only the first 10 years. Cars older than 2010 are exempt from odometer disclosures. Kansas provides Odometer Disclosure form TR-59 on their website.
The seller must remove their license plates before handing the vehicle over to the buyer. If you do not do so, you may be liable for any violations after the buyer has taken possession of the vehicle. After the sale is complete, you need to return the plates to your local county treasurer’s office or transfer them to another vehicle. Make sure to cancel your insurance as soon as possible after you’ve removed your plates so you don’t continue paying to insure a car that you no longer own.
For more information, visit the Kansas DOR (Department of Revenue) website.
The following paperwork is required for selling a car in Kansas:
No, a bill of sale is not required. However, it’s always a good idea to have a bill of sale signed by the seller and the buyer with a copy for both to transfer ownership and give legal protection to both parties. The official Kansas DOR document for a bill of sale is form TR-312.
Yes, your license plate must be removed upon the sale of the car and either returned to your local county treasurer’s office or transferred to a new vehicle.
If there is no lienholder for the vehicle, you will need to apply for Duplicate/Reissue Title using Form TR-720B and pay a small administrative fee.
No. When you privately sell a vehicle in Kansas, the Bill of Sale does not need to be notarized although the Kansas Department of Revenue states that they reserve the right to require notarized documents in unusual circumstances.
No. When you privately sell a vehicle in Kansas, the vehicle title does not need to be notarized although the Kansas Department of Revenue states that they reserve the right to require notarized documents in unusual circumstances.
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