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Old 03-04-2008, 12:55 PM   #1
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Default Looking to buy a car with no title...what to do?

hey guys, i'm considering buying a car but the owner doesnt have the title.

he writes: "i have a carfax on the car and the original owners info but no title, i called the secretary of state and theres nothing reported on the vehicle, so the only issue is getting a title"

what do you guys think? has anyone ever delt with this issue before? how hard is it to get one? it seems that the guy may never have gotten the title from the original owner...

i'm going to call him later today and talk to him about it but any info from anyone that may have delt with this kind of thing would be great. thanks...
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Old 03-04-2008, 01:21 PM   #2
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i think the last person it was registered to will have to apply for a lost title
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Old 03-04-2008, 02:00 PM   #3
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Talk to someone with legal expertise!
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Old 03-04-2008, 02:41 PM   #4
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i called the secretary of state
did you ask them?

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Talk to someone with legal expertise!
does the sos qualify?
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Old 03-04-2008, 03:35 PM   #5
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^ heh heh.

No title, no owner. Be careful...
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Old 03-04-2008, 03:55 PM   #6
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its not like the thing is a "1 of a kind" car.i havent seen it and im sure of this. and if its sooo good of a deal, that should raise a red flag and give you your answer.
dont buy it. find the same one somewhere else if you want
it that bad. alittle common sense goes far.
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Old 03-04-2008, 05:58 PM   #7
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the best thing you could do is run away.
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Old 03-04-2008, 06:35 PM   #8
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what do you guys think? has anyone ever delt with this issue before? how hard is it to get one? it seems that the guy may never have gotten the title from the original owner...
Then it's his problem. You need a title to register the car and get license plates. You need a title to finance the car. Make him do the work to get a title before you buy it.

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Old 03-05-2008, 12:30 AM   #9
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guess the guy didn't make it to the chop shop!
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Old 03-05-2008, 08:45 AM   #10
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Make him get a title. What kind of car is it?
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Old 03-05-2008, 10:16 AM   #11
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thanks for the reply guys...

yeah, i would never pay anyone anything until i get the title but i was just wondering how hard it would be for him or me to get the title and then the sale would take place... i wasnt born yesterday so i know not to trust people...

it's a galant vr-4. i love these cars so i was hoping to get it worked out but i dont know if i have the time to work this out and be safe for me...
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Old 03-05-2008, 10:32 AM   #12
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nice car
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Old 03-06-2008, 06:52 PM   #13
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I bought a car from a friend of a friend that "disappeared" in Bali. My friend filed for his lost title and I was able to get it just fine.
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Old 03-06-2008, 07:16 PM   #14
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I'd hold out for the seller to get a legit title. If he's not willing to do that then walk away...FAST.
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Old 03-06-2008, 10:01 PM   #15
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If he doesn't have the title then the car isn't legally his to sell.
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Old 03-07-2008, 09:26 AM   #16
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How's the 240? Do you still have it?
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Old 03-07-2008, 10:18 AM   #17
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hey, what's up dude? yeah, i still have it. not been able to do to much to it... to much crap has been flung at my face the past couple of months... barely had enough time to breath...
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Old 03-07-2008, 02:43 PM   #18
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what kind of car is it?

you can go through a title company that will basically take advantage of the loophole in Georgia where if you have a bill of sale you can get a title

so you "sell it" to the company, they get a Georgia title and "sell it" to you so you can use the Georgia title to register it wherever...

but yeah, make that guy get a title first
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