What are the risks if someone sells you a used car, but never put the title in their name? It is still in the name of 2 sellers ago.?

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  • 1 month ago
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    The biggest risk to the buyer (you) is that the car is stolen.  If it is stolen, you'd likely lose whatever you pay for it AND definitely lose the car if the owner listed on the title reports it as stolen and police recover it. 

    What the seller is doing is illegal even if the car was not stolen because they're not paying sales tax or registration fees after purchasing the car.  They could also be subverting laws restricting the number of car sales that can be made in a year without obtaining a dealer's license.  A dealer's license is VERY expensive due to, among other things, the insurance you must maintain to obtain the license, so some people try to avoid having their name on the titles of a sold cars to (illegally) avoid needing a dealer's license.  

  • Scott
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The risk is you won't be able to title it in your name. You don't own the car. In fact, the person who sold you the car didn't own it, either. They jumped the title, which means it was an illegal sale.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    The risk is you'll never get it in your name. Run the other way from this deal.

  • 1 month ago

    The person on the title can take the car back and you’re left with nothing. 

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    You walk.                     

  • y
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    They sold you a car that belongs to another. Never a good idea.

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