Buying a Car & Car Registration

Get tips for buying a car and learn how to register your car.

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Are There Any Tips for Buying a Car?

New Cars

Used Cars

  • Take the car for a test drive.
  • Have the car inspected by a reliable mechanic or American Automobile Association (AAA) approved repair shop before agreeing to buy it.
  • Be sure to get a receipt.
  • Get the “title” for the vehicle.
  • Be aware of New York State 's “Lemon Laws”: NYS' new and used car lemon laws provide legal solutions for consumers who buy or lease cars. If a car does not live up to the written warranty and cannot be repaired--or if it has not been repaired correctly after a reasonable number of attempts--the consumer could receive a refund or replacement car.

You must purchase automobile insurance if you buy a car. This can add a substantial cost to car ownership. Please be sure to consider the cost of insurance when planning your car budget.

How to Register Your Car

You must register your car with the DMV every two years. Note:  There is a fee for the car registration. There are six items needed to register for vehicle:

  1. Proof of ownership
  2. Proof of NYS sales tax payment
  3. Proof of automobile liability insurance
  4. Completed E-ZVisit Form MV-82EZV
  5. Proof of applicant identity and birth date (the 6 points of identification listed on the Driver’s Licenses page)
  6. Sales tax and fee payment receipt