Your vehicle’s title is a necessity when trying to sell your car. It’s the most legitimate way to show potential buyers that you own the vehicle and didn’t acquire it through unauthorized means.
Laws surrounding car titles vary from state to state, but they all cover similar regulations. The bottom line is this: in 99% of cases, it’s going to be tough to sell a car without a title. There are a few options for you, which I’ve explained below. If you’re not interested in reading on, I can tell you right now that your best choice is going to be giving me, Big Tane, a call at (801) 485-5111.
Understanding Car Titles
There are a few reasons you might not have your car’s title. You might have lost it in the hustle and bustle of paperwork as a lot of car owners do. You might not even be aware that you’ve lost your car’s title until you plan to sell it. Lucky for you, losing a vehicle title isn’t the end of the world as long as the title is on record.
If you do have your vehicle’s title, there are three types of vehicle titles to be aware of–clear, clean, and salvage.
A clear title indicates the seller owns the vehicle outright and there’s no lien on the car. A clean title indicates that the vehicle on sale was not involved in any form of accident in its lifetime and it wasn’t ever declared by insurance as a total loss. A salvage title is given to cars that weren’t in roadworthy condition, but were rebuilt or reconstructed to be roadworthy.
Your car’s title contains important information like vehicle details and owner information. The vehicle section will list make, model, year, VIN, and color, and the owner section will include the owner’s name and address.
If you’ve searched high and low and cannot find the title, or if you never had the title in the first place, here are your options:
1. Get a Duplicate Title
As previously mentioned, if the vehicle title is on record, you can order a duplicate title. All you have to do is to apply for the duplicate title from your local DMV. Your car’s VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) is engraved onto your vehicle, and you’ll need that number to get the duplicate title.
Your local DMV will provide you a list of information you’ll need in order to claim your vehicle, like a bill of sale. Keep in mind that there is a turnaround time of a few days to a month when requesting a duplicate title, and this can affect the sale of the vehicle.
2. Apply for a Local Exemption
Most states require a car’s title for its sale, but in the few states that don’t, you can apply for local exemption. If you aren’t the original owner of the vehicle, this process will also involve the DMV and will consist of them contacting the original owner of the vehicle through its VIN and giving them a chance to claim the vehicle.
If they don’t claim the vehicle after a specified duration, then you can apply for the title. There are states that will not issue a title for vehicles that are 15 years or older. Instead, a bill of sale will be given to its supposed new owner, giving them a chance to register it under their name.
Look on your state DMV sites for details for your particular situation.
3. Inquire at a Salvage Yard
Another option to get rid of your car without a title is to take it to a salvage yard. They mostly use cars for scraps and parts, and might pay you a tiny amount for your vehicle.
While salvage yards will accept your car without a title, you probably won’t get a good deal out of it money-wise because you are at a disadvantage.
4. Contact Car Sold For Cash Today!
We here at Car Sold For Cash have only one goal in mind, and it’s to make your life easy and take your car off your hands. It’s also the quickest way to sell a car without a title because we are equipped to handle such situations.
If you’re in Utah and want to sell a vehicle without a title, Car Sold For Cash is here to help. What do we do exactly? Well, we help car owners by buying their cars no matter the condition, with or without a title. If you are looking for an honest and fair guy to work with, and simply the fastest, easiest and most enjoyable way to sell your car, please just call or email me, and I will personally take care of you. I answer the phone, and I respond instantly.
Gone are the days of doing all the heavy lifting yourself before finding the right buyer. We know the ins and outs of the process and will help you evade the pitfalls, too.
What are you waiting for? Give us a call today and get the car off of your property and a load off your chest.
Call me, Big Tane, at (801) 485-5111 today!