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Old 07-03-2010, 09:42 AM   #1
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Default Buying a car in someone elses name?

I want to buy this 1939 coupe locally.
The guy has the N.C. title, but its in someone else's name...BUT he does have the title and bill of sale both notorized proving its his.

If i do buy it, i plan on getting a notorize bill of sale.
My question is, i am going to be put into a hassle when getting it into my name since im buying the car from someone with a different name on the title?

He was saying he would put it in his name, but cost about 200 after paying for the taxes and new title....and he just doesnt have the cash to do that.
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Old 07-03-2010, 09:43 AM   #2
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make him do it or you will regret it later.
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Old 07-03-2010, 09:47 AM   #3
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make him do it or you will regret it later.

the only way he will do it, if i cover the fees.
he is just going to raise the price of the car...
and i need that extra 200 to put it into my name...
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Old 07-03-2010, 09:49 AM   #4
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make him do it or you will regret it later.
Listen to the man! Do it or you will reqret it later!!!
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Old 07-03-2010, 09:51 AM   #5
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Default Re: Buying a car in someone elses name?

the ford we bought was from an estate sale, and it was a HUGE hassle even with the executor being the gentleman that we bought it from. I'm not sure we'd have ever gotten a random 3rd party through.
make him do it.
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Old 07-03-2010, 09:55 AM   #6
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he is totally open to putting it in his name, AT MY EXPENSE....and my funds are limited, i need the extra cash to put it in my name.
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Old 07-03-2010, 09:57 AM   #7
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If you're paying 'his' $200, then have a contract drawn up so he doesn't back out after you pay to get the title in his name.
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Old 07-03-2010, 09:58 AM   #8
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Default Re: Buying a car in someone elses name?

If the title is notorized and signed how would the DMV know you didn't get the title from the guy who signed it?
Did the guy who has the car now sign it? If the guy who has the car now signed it DMV (at least in az) will do a POA to transfer the title to the new owner (you) with out having the current person(the guy with the title) having to pay to title it.

Why not just have the guy meet you at DMV to have the title put in your name. That way if there is a problem you can walk away from the deal?
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Old 07-03-2010, 09:58 AM   #9
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I would just take it. If the last guy signed the title, all you have to do is put your name in the spot for buyer, and fill in the blanks. I do it all the time, who gives a shit who's name is on the title. I can't imagine a situation where that would make a difference.

Guys are registering cars with titles purchased out of the classifieds all the time, and you know not a single one is in the name of the seller.

I suppose different states have different rules, but I personally wouldn't waste the $200.
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Old 07-03-2010, 10:00 AM   #10
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It's like having insurance through a friend....
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Old 07-03-2010, 10:01 AM   #11
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Im with Squablow on this one
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Old 07-03-2010, 10:18 AM   #12
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I would just take it. If the last guy signed the title, all you have to do is put your name in the spot for buyer, and fill in the blanks. I do it all the time, who gives a shit who's name is on the title. I can't imagine a situation where that would make a difference.

Guys are registering cars with titles purchased out of the classifieds all the time, and you know not a single one is in the name of the seller.

I suppose different states have different rules, but I personally wouldn't waste the $200.

Yes, i agree with you....i never thought about it that way.
People buy titles all the time online, titles that doesnt even match the stamped numbers on the car....and get away with it just fine.
And the car im buying is all completely matching numbers with the title....signed by the original owner and the buyer and notory.

but i do suppose i have to get in touch with my states DMV/DOT
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Old 07-03-2010, 10:32 AM   #13
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If the gent who is now selling it didn't put his name in the "buyers" line on the title there shouldn't be a problem.

I have one out of state title at the moment for a truck I bought a while back and I'm not the least bit worried about it. The problem arises when there are too many names on the title.

If he did indeed put his name on the title when it was notorized he will have to get things squared away before it is transferred to you. That will be what ever your states dmv says has to be done. He may just have to go in with you and sign a release of interest but you need to check with your states dmv to see what needs to be done so you get it right the first time.
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Old 07-03-2010, 10:40 AM   #14
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sounds like this guy buys and sells lots of cars and is avoiding the tax man.
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Old 07-03-2010, 10:42 AM   #15
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It sounds like the guy you are buying it from is "flipping" the car, as long as its signed be the name on the title and the new owner portion is still blank should be ok.
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Old 07-03-2010, 11:11 AM   #16
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try going halfs, 100.00 each nothing else works.
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Old 07-03-2010, 11:18 AM   #17
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It's called "jumping" a title, and you can both be procecuted for it. He is beating the state out of the sales tax.

Another scenario. I had a buddy who bought an old Rambler, the title was signed off by the PO, and notarised, otherwise blank. After putting quite a bit into the car to repair a bad engine, he took the title in for transfer, and it showed up on the hot sheet from more than 20 years ago. The person who sold it to him forged the signature, and somehow got it notarised. The rightful owner declined to procecute, but he was out nearly $2000 in repairs.
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Old 07-03-2010, 11:26 AM   #18
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Default Re: Buying a car in someone elses name?

When I was buying and selling alot of cars, I would have the seller leave the buyer info blank then when I would sell it have the new buyer fill in the blanks and I never existed. I never had a problem nor did the new purchaser.
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Old 07-03-2010, 11:31 AM   #19
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Is it a NC title? If so and the buyer line is blank, you are golden (as long as it's legit). If it's an out of state title, you are going to have to jump through hoops with DMV inspection, bonded title and other heartaches.

I would say if it's an NC title, do it. If it's out of state, pay the guy the $200 for him to go through the trouble of getting an NC title, you'll be waaaay ahead of the game. Trust me.
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Old 07-03-2010, 11:31 AM   #20
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I third squablow's opinion. Don't ask me how I know. As long as the title is legitimately signed off the DMV doesn't care, they'll be getting $$$ from you transfering it into your name. Worse case scenario you walk out of that office if there are any problems. I have found that there are great differences on dealing with older car titles from one office to another.
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