where can cars be sold parts only
February 1, 2008 2:12 PM   Subscribe

Is there a place on the internet with a list of every state and whether not it is legal to sell cars there as "Parts Only" (i.e., without a title)? If not, does anyone happen to know this information off-hand?
posted by srrh to Law & Government (6 answers total)
Ah, could you clarify the question? Because it almost sounds like you want to illegally sell a stolen car to a chop shop or something.

Questions about illegal activities have a way of not lasting long around here.

So maybe some details of what you're really looking to do would help get some answers and/or expedite deletion.
posted by SlyBevel at 5:16 PM on February 1, 2008

Response by poster: Oh gosh, nothing like that! I work for a company that processes car donations, and sometimes donors don't have titles for their vehicles. In some states, we can still accept the cars, and in some, we can't. I'd love to have a handy reference guide about this instead of having to research it every time. Hope this clears things up!
posted by srrh at 7:56 PM on February 1, 2008

Seems like there are several charities that do this. Maybe you could call one up and ask if they'd be willing to share their list?
posted by SlyBevel at 10:08 PM on February 1, 2008

Response by poster: As far as I'm aware, there are no charities that handle the logistics of their own car donations. That's why the job is tasked out to companies like mine.
posted by srrh at 7:52 AM on February 2, 2008

1) The American Lung Association says they handle their own donations in their commercials.

2) I'm surprised any state lets people transfer ownership of cars without title.

3) I'm aware of no clearinghouse for this type of information. You might have to just go to the DMV/Revenue/Secretary of State websites and compile it yourself.
posted by gjc at 10:45 AM on February 2, 2008

Yeah, I'm surprised that none of them (or very few) handle this stuff themselves.

Seconding calling the DMVs of states. It's gonna be a PITA to do, but at least once it's done, it's done.
posted by SlyBevel at 2:04 PM on February 2, 2008

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