Form 46-8504 "Car Buying Checklist" - Arizona

What Is Form 46-8504?

This is a legal form that was released by the Arizona Department of Transportation - a government authority operating within Arizona. As of today, no separate filing guidelines for the form are provided by the issuing department.

Form Details:

  • Released on February 1, 2018;
  • The latest edition provided by the Arizona Department of Transportation;
  • Easy to use and ready to print;
  • Quick to customize;
  • Compatible with most PDF-viewing applications;
  • Fill out the form in our online filing application.

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CAR BUYING CHECKLIST
azdot.gov
46-8504 R02/18
This checklist is a guide in the car buying and titling process and may not address all situations.
The buyer should do research on the vehicle before finalizing the transaction with the seller.
Verify the seller’s information:
Verify that the person selling the car is the same as the owner listed on the title. A buyer
should ask the seller to provide photo identification and vehicle documentation.
Check the seller's signature on the back of the title. Signatures must be notarized before
the title can be transferred. If there are multiple owners, they will be indicated by a “legal
status,” and the signature of all owners may be required.
If someone other than the owner signs the title as seller, he or she must have
authorization, such as a notarized power of attorney or court order.
Verify the vehicle information:
Check the vehicle identification number (VIN) on the dashboard and on the sticker in the
driver’s door jamb to make sure they match. Record the VIN so that you can verify it
later.
Examine both sides of the vehicle title. Look for any alterations.
Verify that the vehicle description on the title matches the actual vehicle. (Match the
VIN, make, model, etc.). Note if there are any vehicle brands (salvage, etc.) listed on the
title.
Inspect the vehicle:
Visually inspect the vehicle and have a reputable auto mechanic or repair facility conduct
a complete inspection of the mechanical and electrical systems. The vehicle inspection
should uncover worn parts, water damage, poorly repaired collision damage and possibly
other safety problems that should help in deciding whether to buy.
Verify the odometer:
Check the odometer reading on the vehicle and look at the back of the title to see what
odometer information has been entered. If the mileage seems abnormally low, an
odometer inspection conducted by a reputable auto mechanic may be needed.
Be careful when buying online or from an out-of-state seller:
Buying a used vehicle online from a private seller can have risks. It is strongly suggested
that buyers inspect the vehicle in person before making a purchase.
Vehicles that were not manufactured for the U.S. market (gray market) do not conform to
federal DOT and EPA standards unless proper conversions by a licensed Registered
Importer have been made. In most cases, the vehicle cannot be titled and registered in
Arizona unless it has been converted.
Check the title for liens:
Check for financial lienholder information on the front of the title. The seller must have
and provide you with a notarized paid receipt (lien release) from the lienholder describing
the vehicle, the name of the seller and the date and amount of the lien.
Check for other types of liens using the Lien Motor Vehicle Inquiry and the VIN on
ServiceArizona.com. The vehicle information and VIN can also be researched through
online services, such as Vehiclehistory.gov, Carfax.com, AutoCheck.com, VINcheck.com
or Instavin.com. There is usually a fee for the service.
Request the seller provide a current motor vehicle record from MVD to show other
potential issues with the motor vehicle record.
Transfer the title:
The buyer and seller should go to an
MVD or Authorized Third Party office
together, if
possible, to transfer the title. As the new owner of the vehicle, you must apply for a new
title within 15 days from the date of purchase to avoid penalty charges.
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CAR BUYING CHECKLIST
azdot.gov
46-8504 R02/18
This checklist is a guide in the car buying and titling process and may not address all situations.
The buyer should do research on the vehicle before finalizing the transaction with the seller.
Verify the seller’s information:
Verify that the person selling the car is the same as the owner listed on the title. A buyer
should ask the seller to provide photo identification and vehicle documentation.
Check the seller's signature on the back of the title. Signatures must be notarized before
the title can be transferred. If there are multiple owners, they will be indicated by a “legal
status,” and the signature of all owners may be required.
If someone other than the owner signs the title as seller, he or she must have
authorization, such as a notarized power of attorney or court order.
Verify the vehicle information:
Check the vehicle identification number (VIN) on the dashboard and on the sticker in the
driver’s door jamb to make sure they match. Record the VIN so that you can verify it
later.
Examine both sides of the vehicle title. Look for any alterations.
Verify that the vehicle description on the title matches the actual vehicle. (Match the
VIN, make, model, etc.). Note if there are any vehicle brands (salvage, etc.) listed on the
title.
Inspect the vehicle:
Visually inspect the vehicle and have a reputable auto mechanic or repair facility conduct
a complete inspection of the mechanical and electrical systems. The vehicle inspection
should uncover worn parts, water damage, poorly repaired collision damage and possibly
other safety problems that should help in deciding whether to buy.
Verify the odometer:
Check the odometer reading on the vehicle and look at the back of the title to see what
odometer information has been entered. If the mileage seems abnormally low, an
odometer inspection conducted by a reputable auto mechanic may be needed.
Be careful when buying online or from an out-of-state seller:
Buying a used vehicle online from a private seller can have risks. It is strongly suggested
that buyers inspect the vehicle in person before making a purchase.
Vehicles that were not manufactured for the U.S. market (gray market) do not conform to
federal DOT and EPA standards unless proper conversions by a licensed Registered
Importer have been made. In most cases, the vehicle cannot be titled and registered in
Arizona unless it has been converted.
Check the title for liens:
Check for financial lienholder information on the front of the title. The seller must have
and provide you with a notarized paid receipt (lien release) from the lienholder describing
the vehicle, the name of the seller and the date and amount of the lien.
Check for other types of liens using the Lien Motor Vehicle Inquiry and the VIN on
ServiceArizona.com. The vehicle information and VIN can also be researched through
online services, such as Vehiclehistory.gov, Carfax.com, AutoCheck.com, VINcheck.com
or Instavin.com. There is usually a fee for the service.
Request the seller provide a current motor vehicle record from MVD to show other
potential issues with the motor vehicle record.
Transfer the title:
The buyer and seller should go to an
MVD or Authorized Third Party office
together, if
possible, to transfer the title. As the new owner of the vehicle, you must apply for a new
title within 15 days from the date of purchase to avoid penalty charges.
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