My 18 year old son recently bought a car that was licensed in CA from someone living in UT. My son lives in UT. My son was given a Bill of Sale. However, the person told my son that the title had been lost and that he had applied for a duplicate. Since the person had been driving the car in UT, my son assumed he was telling the truth.
When I found that my son bought the car without a title, I immediately went into panic mode. I found out that the registration was in the name of another person in CA and never registered in the seller's name. When I contacted the registered owner, I was told that the reason the seller didn't have the title was because they still owed the registered owner $1000. The title was being held until payment was made. The registered owner had unsuccessfully been trying to track down this seller and had filled a claim in small claims court in CA. The seller has been driving the car with the registered owners plates because the registered owner never filed a Notice of Sale or Transfer.
I contacted our local sheriff's department and asked to file a charge, assuming that the seller had done something illegal. After looking into it, the investigating deputy told me that the seller had the right to sell the car since he had already made some payments, and that the car was legally my son's. The deputy called the registered owner in CA and explained to him that this was a civil matter and that he needed to send us the title.
The registered owner has called me and said that he is not giving up the title until he gets his money. He was nice as he could be, but feels that the car is still his until the seller pays everything he owes. He has indicated that he might give up the title if my son pays the owing debt.
If my son owns the car, how do we get the title to register it in Utah?