What kind of issues can a signed title cause?

I’m looking into buying a truck. The only issue I’m concerned about is that the title has already been signed and dated. What kind of issues could that possibly cause?

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  • 1 month ago

    Signed and dated by whom? The former owner? Hypothetical situation, your car breaks down on the side of the road and it isn't worth a plug nickle, you could sign a title, leave it in the glove box and walk way. Any person who comes along can take the car and scrap it, fix it and title it and so on. The license branch would just have to have a sale price and $1 is the minimum.

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  • 1 month ago

    The scoop is, only the person whose name is on the front of the title, can sell the car.  They sell it to the person whose name is on the back of the title, by signing it over to them. 

    The person whose name is on the back of the car CANNOT re-sell the car, until after they have titled it into their name, and have paid taxes on it. 

    So.  Presuming your name is NOT on the back of the car, it's going to cost you a lot of time and extra money to try to get this car on the road.  Worst case scenario?  It's stolen, and you'll lose both your car, and the money.

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  • 1 month ago

    You might not be able to register it. It might not even become your truck, because doing the paperwork correctly is a necessary part of changing the ownership.

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  • Scott
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    It is the seller's responsibility to provide you with a valid title. This is not a valid title. You may not be able to register the vehicle. Do not buy the vehicle unless seller fixes the title problem.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    A signed title is required for the new owner to transfer it.  Dated could be a problem unless its the current date because the bill of sale date must match and if you don't register it and buy a tag on a timely basis there could be fees and penalties.

    To correct the date would require a notarized power of attorney from the seller.

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  • May
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    It can cause the title to be deemed void by the DMV.  

    The seller has likely "jumped" the title which is illegal.

    Either ask your seller to provide you with a valid title or walk away from this.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    SIGNED AND DATED BY WHOM? 

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Call and ask your local DMV.  You might need to pay late fees when transferring the title in your name.  And if you are not really comfortable, walk away.

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