My question involves vehicle registration or title in the state of: California and Washington
I did my due diligence and tried searching for an answer to this question, but came up empty-handed.
My fiance and I just moved to California and we drove down here in a 1985 car. The car itself has a clean Washington Title and fresh tabs from June. Before we could take it in and get the SMOG done and transfer the title here to California (and get new plates) we had a death in the family, and received a brand new car free of charge. Now we have our old 1985 car that wish to sell here, but it has no SMOG or title in the state of California - it's all Washington based.
If we sell it in California but it has a Washington title, we are not responsible for the SMOG checkout, correct? Does that only apply if the title is in California already and we go to sell it? I don't want to bother SMOG testing this car and spending more $ on a vehicle I'm only asking $800 for. I plan on disclosing this to whoever buys it, and basically tell them "it's on you."
I've just seen quite a few people sell vehicles online without the SMOG done, and California has the most backwards law I've ever seen, making the SELLER liable if it's not smogged to pay the new owner for whatever it takes in parts to fix it. I don't want to get caught in this trap.
I figure if I sell it here and just file it as sold in WA (which I have to do anyways to release my liability) if it ever comes back to me for some reason, I can just claim that it was solid in Washington and out of my control? I've actually been screening potential buyers and seeing if I can find someone who plans on taking this car out of state so that it's a non-issue. But I can't control what the buyer does with the car either.
Bottom line: I don't want to risk being liable for a $800 car to pass SMOG. Am I safe here?