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The dilemma of whether to purchase a vehicle without a title is a common concern that we encounter daily, with 700 to 800 calls inundating our lines. Many individuals contemplate the risks and uncertainties associated with acquiring a vehicle without a valid title. It’s crucial to understand that, in most cases, we strongly advise against buying a vehicle without receiving a proper title at the time of sale.
The primary reason for our caution is that there are numerous instances where obtaining a title for a vehicle without one becomes nearly impossible. Approximately 20 to 30% of the time, individuals who find themselves with a vehicle lacking a title encounter insurmountable obstacles in securing one.
It’s a common misconception that running a Carfax or a VIN check can unveil all potential issues with a vehicle’s title. However, these consumer-grade services are limited in their capabilities. They might not reveal crucial information, and the disclaimers at the bottom of Carfax reports explicitly state that certain data may be missing.
Attempting to secure a title without the original title in hand involves navigating through a series of challenging procedures. Some noteworthy points include:
It’s essential to recognize that obtaining a title for a vehicle without the original one is intentionally challenging. This safeguards the interests of both the prior and new owners. While it might be tempting to explore alternative routes, keep in mind that these often come with their own set of difficulties and annoyances.
If you haven’t yet made a purchase, our recommendation remains consistent: refrain from buying a vehicle without a title. If you’re already grappling with such a situation, remember that there are avenues to explore, but success is not guaranteed, and the process is intentionally arduous. Always approach such transactions with caution and awareness of the potential hurdles that may arise.
Don’t let uncertainty hold you back. If it’s your car, you deserve a title.
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