Used Car Buying Tips

In Virginia, nearly one out of every three car sales is between two individuals, rather than between a buyer and a licensed vehicle dealer. DMV has some suggestions for those who are buying a car from anyone other than a licensed dealer.

Do the Research

Online Shopping Tips

Inspect the Vehicle

Checking for Water Damage

After the Purchase

After purchasing your vehicle, as required by Virginia law, you must:


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