What do to with a car with no title
April 29, 2009 11:37 AM Subscribe
My boyfriend doesn't have the title to his car. BMV says there's no way he can get the title short of legal action. What can he do with this car?
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(asked anonymously just in case he decides to get a lawyer involved)
My boyfriend, before I met him a year ago, bought a car from a friend. Friend said he would send him the title, and he never did. My boyfriend called his friend to get it but he never returned his calls.
We did a Carfax and VIN number lookup and it turns out the guy he bought the car from never owned it in the first place. Not only that, but the last official owner couldn't even have technically sold it because there's a lien on the car.
My BF applied for a court ordered title but was denied because the car has a lien on it.
I called our Clerk of Courts and they said they can't override a judge's decision on the title. I called our BMV and they said the same thing. The person I talked to suggested we contact the judge who made the decision and ask him what to do with the car.
I've looked up the name of the woman who owns the car and called the two numbers available but they were disconnected.
The car is a '96 and would be worth about $6000 if in excellent condition, which it isn't.
The history of the car shows a previously issued damaged title, rebuilt title and a salvage title.
So, after all of that, I basically have three questions:
-- Should my boyfriend sue the guy who sold him the car?
-- What can he do with a car that he doesn't have the papers to? Can he junk it/sell it for parts/donate it to charity without those papers?
The car's never been reported as stolen or abandoned, by the way. I would assume the owner who has a lien on this car doesn't want anything to do with it anymore.
(Yes, I realize my boyfriend probably shouldn't have bought this car in the first place, so practical answers as to what to do now are most appreciated. Thank you.)
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