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Can you sell a car without a title?

Can you sell a car without a title? The answer to this question is both yes and no.

Yes, you sell a car without a title if you plan on selling the car to a company that will allow you to sell your used vehicle to them by just providing your license and registration in lieu of the car title.

Many companies that pay cash for cars typically ask for a car title because, the car title is the ultimate way for someone to prove that they have ownership of the vehicle since it’s easy for anyone to claim that they have “ownership” of a vehicle and scams abound online, especially on Craigslist.

If your vehicle doesn’t currently have a title here’s how you can replace it:

  • Complete a replace car title form. Check out our page on replacing a lost title for state-specific document downloads. You can also find this form at your local Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) office or download it from the DMV’s website. Be aware of possible notarization requirement.

  • Submit the form or forms along with proper payment for the lost title fee to your DMV. Most states give the option of submitting in person or by mail (New York also offers an online option). If you apply in person, be sure to bring proper identification. Processing times vary by state.

NOTE: If your vehicle is titled in a different state from where you live, you must apply for a duplicate title with that state.

Need the vehicle title fast? Inquire about rush service. South Carolina, for example, provides three-day processing for an additional $20.

Also, keep in mind that the duplicate title automatically voids the old title. So, if the old title surfaces, protect yourself against possible legal snafus by destroying it.

What Exactly Is a Car Title?

If you’re not familiar with what a car title is, it’s a legal document that proves you have ownership of the vehicle. In many states, the car title is also referred to as the pink slip.

When you purchase a car, truck, van or another vehicle, you will get the pink slip, or car title, from your State’s DMV. This also applies to selling the car, you will have to go back to your Department of Motor Vehicles to transfer that car title to someone else.

This is imperative to do because, until the title is transferred over to the new owner’s name you could be held legally responsible if they get into an accident or injury in the vehicle even though they may have just purchased it from you.

What most people don’t know is that there are different kinds of car titles. A car which has been severely damaged or destroyed recently in hurricane Harvey or hurricane Irma could have a clean title if the vehicle is thought to be worth repairing, while a vehicle which has been declared to be “totaled” may have a salvage title.

If a vehicle was totaled but, someone decided to either rebuild or reconstruct it, the vehicle receives a new title which will also specify that it was reconstructed or rebuilt just so that the new owner of the vehicle will know the real history of the car if they decide to purchase it

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Before selling your vehicle to anyone who pays Cash for Cars, it’s important for you to know that your vehicle is worth money thanks to the amount of steel, aluminum, plastic and other raw materials in your vehicle.

Many people will accept the lowest cash for cars possible, especially if they recently purchased a new vehicle and are just ready to get rid of their old one but you should never intentionally short change yourself.

Learn more about how much your vehicle’s worth by calling us today for a free quote.  We work with a network of companies across the United States who specialize in Automotive Recycling and Towing. This gives us the ability to offer you the highest amount of cash for your car possible so before accepting the quote from another company contact Cash for Cars for cars 24 today to learn more about how much your vehicle’s really worth.  


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