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Lost Vehicle Title for Donated Vehicle

Getting a Duplicate Title for a Donated Vehicle
So how do you get a lost car title for a vehicle that’s a donation to a charity? Usually, the charity recipient will require a title prior to them taking that donated vehicle.

Obtaining a Duplicate Title
If it’s a car that’s in your name that you just lost a document, you can get a duplicate from the DMV and then simultaneously assign that duplicate to the charity.

Non-Existent Title and Charity’s Intent
Also, if the title is non-existent, you want to ask: Will the charity be selling the car? If they’re selling the car, they will need a title. If they’re just going to scrap the car, jump the car, they may not need the same depth of title evidence in order to accept the car.

Ensuring Transfer of Ownership
Make sure that if you’re donating a car, your ownership is extinguished. Make sure that the charity changes it into their name or their buyer’s name right away, or you file an affidavit with the DMV to have your ownership ended.

Potential Liability Issues
Because if not, they could sell that car, and then the buyer can have parking tickets, the car could be towed, or could be involved in an accident, and as long as the title is still in your name, that liability can accrue to you.

Purchasing a Car from a Charity
If you purchased a car from a charity and didn’t get the title or lost it, you may have to go back through the last title owner to find where that duplicate title application can be submitted.

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