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Hello, could you please tell me what is involved with selling

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Hello, could you please tell me what is involved with selling a vehicle in California that is licensed in Texas. I am a Texas resident, but live in the San Diego Ca. area as well. We would be interested in finding out what the fees and costs are, and if it makes sense to try and sell this vehicle in Ca. The SUV is currently in Ca. Thanks, Cynthia
The sale of a vehicle in CA requires a valid smog certificate and the seller is responsible for paying for obtaining a smog certificate. Other than the smog certificate, you can sell it as is and merely have to provide a bill of sale and the Texas title. According to the State's seller guide:

The seller is required to provide the buyer with a valid smog inspection certification at the time of the sale or transfer. Smog certifications are good for 90 days from the date of issuance.

The inspection is not required on a transfer if a biennial smog certification was submitted to DMV within 90 days prior to the vehicle transfer date (a vehicle inspection report may be required for proof of certification).

NOTE: Smog certifications are not required for transfers that occur for a gasoline powered motor vehicle that is four or less model years old. (Determine the oldest-qualifying year model by subtracting three from the current year) the four or less model years old rule does not apply to diesel powered vehicles. A smog transfer fee will be collected from the new owner.
See: CA DMV Selling Cars.

The Smog inspection fee can cost from $30 to $80, as it is not regulated by the state and it is up to the individual inspection station. Any transfer or registration fees are the buyer's liability.

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