Vehicle Services

Buying and Selling Your Vehicle

Purchasing a Vehicle

Buying a new or used vehicle is a major purchase, and it can be a complicated process, but by following some guidelines and doing the right research before the sale, consumers can minimize or eliminate common buying errors.

Regardless of where they are making a purchase, consumers need to know how to protect themselves from a fraudulent deal. An unscrupulous seller may try to get rid of a stolen vehicle, tamper with an odometer by rolling back the mileage, alter a title, or sell a car with extensive water or collision damage that has not been properly repaired. 

Buyers are encouraged to do their homework and not be pressured into purchasing a vehicle before doing some basic research.

Here are some more valuable tips to keep in mind when purchasing a vehicle:

Vehicle History Tools

National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS)

  • NMVTIS is a national vehicle database established to help protect consumers from vehicle related fraud.  A consumer can obtain information on the vehicle’s title, history and condition by obtaining a vehicle history report from an NMVTIS approved provider.

Check Vehicle History

Arizona Motor Vehicle Inquiry

  • Request a title and registration motor vehicle record online.

Lien Motor Vehicle Inquiry

  • A service is available to check for liens and unrestricted financial obligations on an Arizona titled vehicle.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

  • NHTSA provides information on vehicle safety ratings and vehicle recalls.


Civil RightsTitle VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), ADOT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. Persons that require a reasonable accommodation based on language or disability should contact ADOT’s Civil Rights Office at 602.712.8946 or at Requests should be made as early as possible to ensure the State has an opportunity to address the accommodation.
  • De acuerdo con el título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964 y la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (ADA por sus siglas en inglés), el Departamento de Transporte de Arizona (ADOT por sus siglas en inglés) no discrimina por raza, color, nacionalidad, edad, género o discapacidad.  Personas que requieren asistencia (dentro de lo razonable) ya sea por el idioma o por discapacidad deben ponerse en contacto con la Oficina de Derechos Civiles al 602.712.8946 o en Las solicitudes deben hacerse lo más pronto posible para asegurar que el equipo encargado del proyecto tenga la oportunidad de hacer los arreglos necesarios.