If you buy a car ...
If you buy a car, you must register the change of ownership at your local Transport Bureau Branch (unyu shikyoku) or Automobile Inspection & Registration Office (jidosha kensa toroku jimusho) (light vehicles with an exhaust volume of 660 cc or less should be reported to the Light Motor Vehicle Inspection Organization). If the change of ownership is not registered, even if you have already bought the car the person in whose name it is actually registered will receive the bill for motor vehicle tax. That person will also be held responsible if the new owner is involved in a traffic accident or dumps the car, so please be sure to register any change of ownership.

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