Can I legally claim my de facto ownership of a car?
January 2, 2011 5:26 PM Subscribe
My parents bought me a car, but registered it under my mother's name with the understanding that it would be, for all intents and purposes, mine once I could pay back the purchase price. This happened, but we can't transfer the title to my name without voiding the warranty. Is there any way to make this de facto
ownership any more de jure
without re-registering it?
posted by XerxesQados to law & government (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
To elaborate, the car was used, and came with a very nice 10-year warranty which could only be transferred once. This one transfer was used up going from the person who sold us the car to my mother. Because of this situation, the only thing stating that I, not my mother, am the owner of the car is her word, which is not legally binding.
Not that I don't trust her or anything (hi mom if you Googled this), but just for posterity, this is the kind of thing I like to have in writing. So, I ask, is there any kind of document/thing we could write up/obtain/whatever which would give me a legal claim to the car, but without actually transferring the title to me?
I'm in New York State, if that's relevant. Yes, I realize you are not my lawyer.