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5 Documents to Bring When Buying a Car

The car buying process on its own can be overwhelming, especially if you are not sure what documents you need to successfully purchase a new car. Here are the 5 documents to bring when buying a car.

Valid Driver’s License

This might go without saying, but you need to bring proof that you can legally drive the vehicle off the lot. Expired or void licenses will not work. Your driver’s license will also serve as your form of identification if you are financing the vehicle or paying via check.

Trade-In Vehicle Title

If you are trading in a vehicle, you need to prove that you are the owner of that vehicle. The title shows proof of ownership and you will also use the title to transfer ownership to the dealership so they can do what they want with it. If there is a co-signer on the title or a lien against the title, you need to make sure to get the appropriate signatures ahead of time. Call the dealership finance department or check the Colorado DMV website if you have any questions about your car title.

Trade-In Vehicle Registration

In addition to the title of your trade-in, you will also need to provide a copy of the vehicle’s registration. You must also make sure that your registration is current and that the stickers on your plate match the information on your registration.

Proof of Insurance

To drive a new car off the lot, you must provide proof that you have insurance. In the state of Colorado, proof that you were insured under your trade-in vehicle is sufficient. You will have a short grace period in which to get your insurance switched over to the new vehicle. You can also change your policy before purchasing the vehicle by calling your insurance and having them send the dealership the updated policy before you drive off the lot.


Whether you are paying with a check or plan on financing, you should have the appropriate documents with you. Pro tip: we recommend getting pre-approved for financing prior to going to the dealership. Peak Kia North offers easy online pre-approvals. Submit yours today.

At Peak Kia North, we want you to have an easy car buying experience. Our staff is committed to providing the best customer service in Northern Colorado and to help you get into your next new vehicle. Check out our new and used inventory on our website!