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New York City joint car ownership for a complete newbie

My unmarried partner and I live in Queens. He had a car when we moved in together, and the title, registration, and insurance have always been entirely in his name - I didn't even drive it. The car died this summer and we are looking to buy a used car free and clear from a friend, so car payments are thankfully not an issue. I have been thinking that maybe I should consider being more involved with the car, but I am utterly clueless about the most basic details, and don't know where to start. [more inside]
posted by Neely O'Hara on Sep 4, 2014 - 3 answers

Steps for purchasing a used car?

If all goes well, I'll have the pre-purchase inspection on this used car tomorrow, and see if I can close a deal to buy it. Then what? I need help with the order of all the paperwork and steps. Complication: I'm in MA, the owner is in CA, and the car is registered and located with the seller's relative in NH. [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Aug 4, 2014 - 4 answers

Private Party Long Distance Vehicle purchase on ebay. Paperwork.

Private party Car sale on eBay. FL Resident Buyer. PA Resident Seller. Car to be shipped. Buyer will not be traveling to PA. Please explain the title paperwork as if you were teaching a five-year-old. Full info and more inside. [more inside]
posted by sandra_s on Mar 20, 2014 - 3 answers

Somehow my wife never got her car title. Twist: then she changed states.

My wife bought a car in 2010 in Georgia, and somehow never saw a title. All the paperwork is legit, and it was registered correctly in Georgia, but she has no memory of a title. It seems she never got it. We kind of forgot about the complication until now, when we're trying to sell it. [more inside]
posted by brenton on Jan 3, 2014 - 17 answers

Car Title transfer from an ELT state to a non-ELT state

Electric car title needs to be sent from California to Michigan. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 29, 2013 - 1 answer

Talk me out of buying a salvage title Honda Insight

There is a mechanic in a city nearby who restores and sells (and maintains) first-generation Honda Insights. Most of the cars his shop produces have a salvage title. He offers exclusive repair and maintenance service to purchasers. I've done a lot of reading and talking to people about this car—a trusted coworker owns one of his restorations—and I'm pretty much convinced that I want what seems to be one of the most over-engineered, fuel-efficient, cool little cars ever made. So what am I missing? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Apr 28, 2013 - 19 answers

How do I get my car title transfered into my name?

What is the process and what taxes must I pay when transferring a car title from my father to me? Interstate snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by domnit on Mar 25, 2013 - 4 answers

How to trade a vehicle, for a vehicle, for trade in.

Should I trade my rebuilt title vehicle for any other vehicle, just to get an increased trade in value? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple on Dec 31, 2012 - 10 answers

Just because people are nice to you doesn't mean they have your best interests in mind

Friend of a friend's mother just passed away, and between the death and the funeral, the mom's sketchy neighbor talked him into selling his car for pennies on the dollar. What now? [more inside]
posted by davejay on Dec 6, 2012 - 7 answers

Pink Slip in Limbo? Another craigslist deal gone bad...what should I do?

So I was interested in this old Mercedes posted on craigslist and called the guy. He said it had just been crashed into in his driveway by his cousin and his insurance was "totaling" it; however it was really just cosmetic damage and there was a buyback option. The car would have "salvaged" on the title, but since he was getting paid by the insurance company, he would just let me have the car for whatever the buyback cost was. Called a few days later and he said that cost was $1000 less than the price he had originally advertised the car at, so I figured I might as well go look at it. Read on for the whole story... [more inside]
posted by wavejumper on Jul 2, 2012 - 14 answers

Titles, taxes, and insurance, oh my

Buying a car from my mom in NJ for a token (i.e. far less than blue book) amount. What's the best (cheapest) way to get it legally registered/insured in Chicago, IL. Any pitfalls I should look out for?
posted by Oktober on Nov 27, 2011 - 6 answers

How can I get a title for a junkyard car?

How can I get a title to a previously owned car that was sold to a junkyard? [more inside]
posted by Elminster of Labor on Jun 7, 2011 - 4 answers

How can I register my car in DC?

DC/RI DMV Filter: My car is registered in Rhode Island, and the registration and title are in my dad's name. I have been driving my car for years in RI and even gave my dad some money for it a few years ago. How do I register my car in DC? [more inside]
posted by catquas on May 18, 2011 - 6 answers

Does the spelling matter much on a car title?

Slight misspelling of bank's name on my car title - pursue fix or let it go? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Jan 5, 2011 - 12 answers

How screwed am I by the stupid way I sold my car?

I was stupid. I sold my car very stupidly. Now what? [more inside]
posted by Carius on Dec 9, 2010 - 12 answers

Replace a missing vehicle title before it's registered?

Just bought a used car last week with cash and received the title and other paperwork at time of purchase. Now I can't find the title and I need to get the car registered. What do I need to do? [more inside]
posted by John Frum on Nov 30, 2010 - 2 answers

Help me help my parents help me buy a car in Ohio

What's the best way for my parents to buy a car on my behalf (in Ohio)? [more inside]
posted by kickingtheground on Feb 4, 2010 - 7 answers

I didn't want to wait in that line anyway.

If I fill out all the paperwork, can I have someone else go to the DMV and hand them in to my registration and plates? [more inside]
posted by sophist on Jan 1, 2010 - 5 answers

How to drive home a car bought in another state?

So I bought a car from out of state...please help me with the logistics! [more inside]
posted by HopperFan on Nov 15, 2009 - 6 answers

Out of state used car headache

I'm looking into buying a used car, and found a pretty good looking one from a colleague in New Jersey. I live in Brooklyn. How the heck does this work? Parking and title questions follow... [more inside]
posted by zvs on Aug 12, 2009 - 3 answers

Help us transfer our plates!

Florida DMVFilter: what's the easiest (and cheapest) way to register Mr. WanKenobi's car in the state of Florida? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Jul 2, 2009 - 13 answers

What do to with a car with no title

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? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 29, 2009 - 21 answers

Is paying off an $11k auto loan with a credit card a bad idea?

Tricky car loan situation. I'm thinking about paying off the remainder of a car loan with my credit card. Is this a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 23, 2009 - 24 answers

He left behind medical bills and a very sensible car

What is a fitting end for a ghost car? [more inside]
posted by *s on Mar 6, 2009 - 17 answers

Fees to transfer a vehicle?

How do I go about trading cars? [more inside]
posted by unclejeffy on Oct 17, 2008 - 3 answers

car registation nightmare

Help me get my car registered in the state of California. [more inside]
posted by MillMan on Oct 2, 2008 - 3 answers

Two days of platelessness?

Bringing a car from British Columbia to California- complicated title transfer situation. [more inside]
posted by purplefiber on Aug 5, 2008 - 7 answers

I don't want a pickle...

How to recover a lost title for a scooter I would like to purchase from someone who got it in another state? I'm in Missouri, the title was in Illinois. Simplicity is a priority. I normally wouldn't hassle, but it is mint and the price is better than right. Additionally--I've heard rumor about some mysterious trick involving Arkansas--that just may make everything easier. [more inside]
posted by sourwookie on Jul 22, 2008 - 4 answers

Selling my car in Oklahoma, but it's registered in Texas. What do I do? The sale might happen today! Help!

Selling my car in Oklahoma, but it's registered in Texas. Can I get some advice on what to do here? More details inside, and this sale could happen today! [more inside]
posted by jimmyhutch on May 1, 2008 - 1 answer

selling vehicle without title

I've got a vehicle whose title is in the process of being transferred to me. I've got to do the reregistration by mail from Oregon to California. I've had an offer on the vehicle. The potential purchasers say a bill of sale and them putting the vehicle on their insurance is sufficient to let them drive legally. They also mentioned a temporary registration, which I've never heard of. Is this a bad idea, or a practical one to get the car sold now. [more inside]
posted by diode on Feb 27, 2008 - 1 answer

How long can I drive a car before turning it over to the insurance company?

Someone hit my car. Their insurance company wants to total it. How long can I drive it before they take it away? [more inside]
posted by tss on Jan 15, 2008 - 21 answers

Minnesota Sales Tax on a Gifted Vehicle

Did I have to may Minnesota sales tax on the car my mom gave me? [more inside]
posted by Coffeemate on Jan 7, 2008 - 5 answers

Was I born every minute, too?

Buying a used car from a dealer who bought it at an auction - and he doesn't have the title. [more inside]
posted by metaculpa on Aug 17, 2007 - 20 answers

How do I state the purchase price of a vehicle acquired in a trade?

Wisconsin Car Title Filter: I'm trading my vehicle for another vehicle plus cash. Wondering what to do about titling the new vehicle. [more inside]
posted by ganzhimself on Apr 18, 2007 - 3 answers

Now serving number 948392038409301....

Has any one used a title agent in Maryland instead of getting a title and registration at the Motor Vehicle Administration? [more inside]
posted by divka on Feb 7, 2007 - 5 answers

The car wants to be mine, but...

How do I register my vehicle in a new state without a title or a bill of sale? [more inside]
posted by Smarson on Jan 22, 2007 - 6 answers

Salvage my car?

Salvage title or new-to-me car? I rear-ended the car in front of me at about 15 mph (I was passing on the left and he stopped suddenly), hitting my front right side on his left rear bumper. My headlight and blinker were pushed straight back and the hood slightly accordioned. [more inside]
posted by ilyanassa on Jan 11, 2007 - 10 answers

Help on tracking down a lienholder

I recently purchased a car from family member which, while paid off, still has a lien on the title. The original owner never anticipated that they'd ever want to sell the car, and never had the lien removed because the lienholder entity had been purchased and merged and re-purchased several times over. Now that I have the car, and need to get it registered, I need to track down the entity that actually has the lien on the car and get the lien removed. Any suggestions for tracking them down? Are there registries for this sort of thing? FWIW, the original lienholder was a Saab financing company in New York.
posted by cleetus on Nov 22, 2006 - 3 answers

What catches are inherent in a salvage-title vehicle in California?

I'm looking at used pickup trucks in California. Some of the listings on craigslist are described as having salvage titles. What precisely does this mean? Would a service like Carfax tell me why the vehicle has a salvage title? If this isn't something to be avoided at all costs, what should I ask a mechanic to look for in checking out the truck? [more inside]
posted by mhespenheide on Apr 1, 2006 - 10 answers

Hooray I own my car

Paid off my car. The bank sent me the title and a letter that tells me to submit the title to the DMV, who will then issue me a lien-free title in my name alone. [more inside]
posted by jclovebrew on Mar 8, 2006 - 20 answers

Car title

What is the proper procedure for signing over a vehicle title and ensuring a kosher, risk-free transaction. [more inside]
posted by terrier319 on Sep 30, 2005 - 7 answers

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