Buying a car without a title

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  1. Strange81Z

    Strange81Z Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Nov 29, 2001
    Amarillo, Tx
    Hey guys! It's been awhile. I hope everyone is doing well.

    My son is getting is DL this summer so I'm looking for a 79-81 Z28. I've found some but they don't have titles. They are in Texas. Can't you just get a bill of sale and go to the DMV and get a new title?

  2. jimrr

    jimrr Veteran Member

    Jun 12, 2016
    Don't do it. Not worth the hassle and risk.
  3. Strange81Z

    Strange81Z Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Nov 29, 2001
    Amarillo, Tx
    I figured. What's why they are so cheap. Haha
  4. 351maverick

    351maverick Veteran Member

    Aug 11, 2010
    erie, PA
    ask a local notary

    many states don't issue titles if cars are over a certain number of years old - you might be OK
  5. CAMeeks

    CAMeeks Veteran Member

    Jan 5, 2014
    Deer Park, TX
    Not sure about your state but here in Texas when I bought my car I had to apply for a bonded title. If the car was last registered in Texas I would have to wait one year for the bond to lift and I would get a clear title for the car. My car was last registered in California. It takes 3 years for out of state cars to clear. I still have 2 months left then I'm done. The only hard part here in Texas was finding the right official that would come to my house and verify the vin number.

    Just saw the post where you say you moved back to Texas. Welcome back.
  6. twozs

    twozs Veteran Member

    Aug 5, 1999
    hopewell jct ny
    Well you can dump money into it and get a title , but if someone shows up with an original title , you got problems..
  7. CAMeeks

    CAMeeks Veteran Member

    Jan 5, 2014
    Deer Park, TX
    That's why I didn't bolt anything to the shell of the car for the past 3 years. I did do body work to it just to keep the rust from getting to it but no final installs are being done until the time is up.
  8. ol' grouch

    ol' grouch Veteran Member

    Jul 4, 2013
    Evansville, In.

    If you want it for parts, fine. Otherwise, there's a reason it doesn't have a title. If you want to drive it on the road you have to have title. I know Indiana is tough on titles. Maybe there's a lien against it that was never satisfied. The state may have attached it for child support. It's stolen. Any number of reasons. I won't buy one as it's so easy to get a replacement title that it's not worth the bother.
  9. wnmech

    wnmech Veteran Member

    Jul 20, 2014
    grand prairie tx.
    My son in law several years back lost the title on his vehicle and there are certain designated DMV offices that the owner of the vehicle car go there and pay a few bucks and on the spot get a reissued replacement title. If you don't know the previous owners info that DMV office with the VIN information may be able to tell you the status of that vehicles current owner.
  10. 70lt1z28

    70lt1z28 Veteran Member Gold Member

    Oct 3, 1999
    Beavercreek, Ohio, USA
    Not in Ohio you can't. I think it varies a great deal state-to-state. Like others have said, have the VIN searched at the DMV. Be aware, if you "own" the vehicle and it comes back as stolen, it may be seized and you COULD face charges (receiving stolen property?). Unlikely, but you never know.

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