Getting to sell a vehicle without a title can complicate things that are otherwise straightforward when selling a car.
If you find out that you have lost the title to your vehicle, do not panic! The good thing is that all the states in America have a process in place where one can get to declare their title as lost or stolen and apply for a duplicate. The interesting thing is that there even states that have a process where one can sell their vehicle to another person without having a title. As such, if you are thinking of selling a junk car to a junk car dealer for cash, a title may not be entirely necessary. Most junk car dealers are generally willing to buy a junk car with no title; however, you will be required to present some documentation that proves ownership of the said vehicle.
Want to know more about how you can sell a vehicle without a title? Here is the lowdown:
- Speak with the company or person you intend to sell your vehicle to and ask them about how they handle the process of buying a car without a title.
- Once they tell you, make sure that you follow the steps they have outlined and everything will work out.
- If, whatever reason, they are not able to buy your vehicle if you do not have a title, then consider looking for another company until you come across someone who can lay out a process for going about this – the process typically includes having a license and registration in lieu of your title.
Here are more details on how to go about selling a vehicle without a title. If you have anything to add, we would love to hear from you. Please drop us a line and we will be more than willing to listen to what you have to say.
What’s A Car Title?
Car titles are legal documents that prove one’s ownership of a vehicle. In some states, the car title is referred to as a pink slip – a car pink slip is different from the one that people get when they are fired from a job. When one buys a car, their state’s Department of Motor Vehicles gives them the title to the car. It is this title that you transfer to someone else when you sell the car to them. Car titles are issued to all kinds of vehicles, including RVs, motorized boats, motorcycles, and trucks.
There are various kinds of titles. For instance, the title for a vehicle that has never been severely damaged is considered a “clean” title. However, if the car is totaled – that’s if it is badly damaged in an accident and is seen as not worth repairing -, it receives a “salvage” title. On the other hand, if a car was declared totaled, but someone decides to rebuild it, the vehicle receives a “reconstructed” or “rebuilt” title before it’s sold. This is to make sure that the newer buyer of the vehicle knows that it was once declared “un-drivable” and underwent major reconstruction and repairs.
Can One Sell A Car If They Don’t Have A Title?
If you are planning on selling a used vehicle, you will be required to present the vehicle’s title to the soon-to-be owner. They will need it for two main reasons. The first will be for them to know if the car actually belongs to you, or if it was stolen, to ascertain if you reserve the right to sell it. The other reason will be so that they can transfer ownership of the said vehicle to their name. This way, they can prove that they legally own the vehicle and reserve the right to do whatever they please with it.
If you are planning on selling your car to a licensed dealer or private party, then you almost certainly need to have a title. Very few states are ok with people selling a car without a title to a private party, but that is quite rare. If you do not have the title to your car and are planning on selling your car to a junk car dealer, it is possible that you will not need a title. Here is what to do when it comes to selling a car if you do not have its title in hand.
How To Sell A Vehicle Without A Title
It is possible that you do not have your title at hand since your bank has it – when you take a car loan, your bank owns the vehicle until you pay the whole amount you owe them. As a result, the bank will keep the vehicle’s title until the debt is settled. If that is the case, then consider checking with your bank to find out if they have a process for title transference if you want to sell the car.
If you are planning on selling your car to a junk car dealer for cash, it is possible that you may not need to have its title to sell it. As a junk car dealer, we pay solid cash for totaled cars with no title. While other junk car dealers are willing to give you cash for your car without a title, they usually have a catch that you have to fulfill before they can do so – i.e. they will require you to provide them your driver’s license and valid registration. Check with a national or local junk car dealer for more info on their requirements.
If you are selling your vehicle to a private dealer or individual, chances are you will need to file for a misplaced or lost car title and make sure you that you get a duplicate title before the person can take possession. Here is more on this:
Getting a Duplicate Title: Filing for a Lost or Misplaced Title
The requirements when it comes to filing for a lost or misplaced title, and getting a duplicate vary from state to state. It is, therefore, advisable that you check with your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles office to know more about how to get a new title.