How to Buy a Used Car in the State of Hawaii

by | Jun 13, 2013 | Automobile

When a person purchases a used car through a dealership in Hawaii, the dealership will take provide all of the assistance needed to make sure that all of the paperwork is filled out and filled out correctly. When a person purchases a used car from an individual seller, they are not afforded this luxury. It is up to the buyer and seller to make sure that they have all of the paperwork in place at the time of sale. Thankfully, there are not a lot of steps required in the state of Hawaii.

Previous Fines on Cars

Before getting started, make sure that there is not a registration stopper on the car. A registration stopper can be placed on a vehicle if a person has been assessed a fine on the vehicle and has yet to pay the fine. If there is no registration stopper on the car, then it is safe to proceed. Here are the most current steps required for the sale of used cars in Hawaii.


Any sale of used cars in Hawaii requires a bill of sale. This is actually a very short form. It basically requires both the buyer and the seller to write in the Vehicle Identification Number or VIN, the names and addresses of both the buyer and the seller, and the date that the vehicle was sold in the state of Hawaii.

In addition to the bill of sale, the buyer and seller will have to fill out the back of the title of the used car. This requires the same basic information as the bill of sale. The buyer will then need to take this car title to the local DMV in order to receive a new license for the used car that they just purchased.

One other thing that a buyer needs to check for that is unique to Hawaii is the vehicle registration card and safety inspection certificate. These should be in the car at all times. They have to be transferred over to the new owner of the car.

It is important that a buyer has all of the paperwork filled out and filed with the local DMV. Buyers only have 30 days to do so. If they do not, then there will be a fine levied.

TCA Auto is a dealership for pre-owned vehicles in Hawaii. The dealership has over eighteen years of experience selling used cars in Hawaii. They also offer their own financing.


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