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Buying a used car: how do I transfer car title?

Steps to Transferring Vehicle Ownership:


  1. Obtain the vehicle registration from seller and verify VIN of vehicle and seller’s driver’s license with the registration papers
  2. Obtain keys and signed registration in exchange for payment (most sellers will require a certified cheque or bank draft). You should also ensure to have a bill of sale signed by both seller and buyer or a gift letter if gifting a vehicle.
  3. Fill out and sign the transfer form (APV9T) together with the seller. If you are uncertain how to complete the form, bring it to us and we would be happy to assist you
  4. Take the signed documents to an Autoplan broker and complete the transfer
  5. Pay the Harmonized Sales Tax to Autoplan broker
  6. Purchase new insurance or transfer existing insurance to your new car.


Other Useful Tips to Buy Used Car:


  1. Research the vehicle you are thinking about purchasing (safety features, fuel efficiency, etc) by checking car reviews. is a great place to search for car reviews.
  2. You could also check the average asking price and trade in value for cars using the Canadian Blackbook, which you can search online at . This will give you an idea of what the wholesale price for dealers is and gives you better information for your negotiations =)
  3. Contact us for a car insurance quote on the vehicle you are planning to purchase to see how much insurance premiums will be
  4. Purchase vehicle history reports (accidents, lien search, stolen vehicle, etc). You could purchase an ICBC Vehicle Claims reports to see all ICBC claims on the vehicle or for for more complete reports including lien searches you could obtain a CarProof or CarFax report. To check for liens only, you can have a search done by some ServiceBC centres (in person only) or the Personal Property Registry (in person or written requests)


Contact us if you need additional information. Our agents are happy to help.


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