Go to State of Delusion DOT, file a complaint and they'll give you title over the counter. In Iowa might have to go to county clerk that handles taxes, registrations, title transfers. In State of Confusion, you post a query on Yahoo and don't state what state you're in. In some states a used car title from prior owner is NOT proccessed by dealer until retail sale, then signed title is sent to DOt with various taxes paid check or money order for state to process what amount to double title transfer- one virtual- and then mail to new owners home address- or maybe to lienholder if any. DOT may have investigator, other state may have state attorneys office handle frauds as criminal matter, failure to file documents as needed on times as a civil matter.. local used car dealers that get open titles from auctions may need another 5 to 10 days- so 20 days before you can expect title if no liens.