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Can Someone Else Sell My Car For Me

Can Someone Else Sell My Car For Me

Yes, someone else can sell your car for you if you, and they way to do this properly is by using a Power of Attorney.

Don’t worry, you don’t need to hire a lawyer!

Power of attorney is a legal document that allows you to appoint an “agent” (Whoever is selling the car) to handle specific transactions on your behalf, such as selling your vehicle.

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The process of giving someone power of attorney to sell your car involves the following steps:

  1. Obtain a motor vehicle power of attorney form from your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or a legal document provider.
  2. Fill out the form with your information, your agent’s information, and details about the vehicle, including the make, model, year, and Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
  3. Sign the document in the presence of a notary public, who will verify your identity and witness the signing.
  4. Provide your agent with the notarized power of attorney document, along with the vehicle title and any other necessary paperwork.

You or your “agent” will then be able to sign the title and complete the sale on your behalf.

The power of attorney protects both you and your agent by clearly defining the scope of their authority and ensuring that the transaction is legal.

Selling a car for a family member power of attorney

Selling a car for a family member

If you need to sell a car for a family member who is unable to do so themselves due to illness, death, disability, or other reasons, the process is similar.

You’ll need to obtain a power of attorney that specifically grants you the authority to sell their vehicle.

When selling a car for a family member, it’s important to:

  • Communicate clearly with your family member about the process and any decisions made[8].
  • Keep detailed records of the transaction, including the bill of sale and any expenses incurred[8].
  • Ensure that the proceeds from the sale are properly distributed according to your family member’s wishes or legal requirements.

Alternatives to Power of Attorney

Option 1

If you don’t want to use a power of attorney, you can also sell your car by signing the title over to the person who will be selling it for you.

However, this method can be risky because you’ll no longer have legal ownership of the vehicle, and the seller is not obligated to give you the money from the sale. So, make sure you trust whoever will be selling the car!

alternative options to power of attorney for someone else selling your car

Option 2

Another option is to sell the car yourself and have your agent assist you with the process, such as by helping you advertise the vehicle, screen potential buyers, and negotiate the sale price.


If you need to sell a car for someone else, or have someone sell your car for you, use a form called “Power of Attorney” and lay out the precise scope of the authority so everything is on the up and up legally.

Make sure you trust any person you give a power of attorney to or sign over your title to.


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Steve Momot - Author

Steve, a seasoned expert in the automotive industry, formerly held a car dealer license in Florida. With extensive experience spanning across car trading and mechanical work, he founded Autohitch. His mission? To guide both buyers and sellers through the intricate maze of car purchasing, ensuring a seamless and informed experience. Outside of the automotive world, Steve has a passion for fishing and capturing the beauty of nature through photography.


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